Photo: Joel Venzke
The Drake women’s basketball team controlled play from beginning to end in a 73-38 exhibition win over Division II Quincy on Friday night at the Knapp Center in Jennie Baranczyk’s coaching debut.
Sophomore guard Kyndal Clark paced Drake with a team-high 18 points.
Several Bulldog newcomers posted noteworthy performances. Senior forward and center Stephanie Running and freshmen guards Dilonna Johnson and Ashley Bartow each contributed eight points. Junior guard Mary Pat Specht, who joins Drake after playing two seasons at Johnson County Community College in Kansas, added six points.
The Bulldogs set the tone with an 8-0 run with 9:48 remaining in the first half, extending their lead to 18-9. Drake would never relinquish that early advantage, using key defensive stops to hold Quincy to 22.2 percent shooting from the floor in the first half.
Drake’s early momentum carried into the second half as the Bulldogs scored on six of their first seven possessions.
Drake controlled play on the boards, outrebounding Quincy 47-32.
On the defensive end, Drake totaled 13 steals on the night.
The Bulldogs’ second and final exhibition match on the season will be this Wednesday against Upper Iowa at 7:05 p.m. at the Knapp Center.