The Knapp Center crowd watched the Bulldogs take over in the second quarter on their way to a 95-72 victory and the lone spot on top of the MVC standings.
Articles by: AUSTIN CANNON
On Friday the talent discrepancy was on full display. The Bulldogs solved WSU’s defense easily, took advantage of Shocker turnovers and hit the open shot on their way to a leisurely 81-59 victory. It was the first time since 2009 that the Bulldogs swept the regular-season series with the Shockers.
With nine conference games played and nine to go, the Bulldogs are tied for first in the MVC standings with Northern Iowa and Missouri State. Each team has a 7-2 conference record with Drake boasting the best overall mark at 14-6.
The two teams entered Sunday tied for first in The Valley. UNI (11-7, 6-1) now occupies the top spot alone while the Bulldogs (12-6, 5-2), who saw their five-game winning streak snapped, will have to wait until Feb. 19 for a rematch in Cedar Falls.
With a big second half, Drake bested Indiana State on Friday, 80-55. Sunday night the Bulldogs hosted Illinois State and outclassed the 3-13 Redbirds, 76-41. It was how a contender is supposed to play, never letting the Redbirds get close after the opening quarter.
After struggling to get anything going offensively in the first half, the Drake women’s basketball team buried the Indiana State Sycamores in the final two quarters to with its fourth game in a row, 80-55.
After dropping five of their previous six, the Bulldogs have won three straight and sit at the No. 2 spot in the Missouri Valley Conference standings with a 10-5 (3-1) record, half a game behind Loyola.
Drake is a charter member of the Pioneer Football League, a college-football anomaly if there ever was one. The PFL is a football-only, non-scholarship conference that began play in 1993.
After the Bulldogs slogged through the second and third quarters, they persevered in the final 10 minutes to go 3-0 on the young season, winning, 73-63.
Saturday was the second time this season an undefeated PFL team visited Drake Stadium. For the second time, the unbeaten fell. The offense scored 21 unanswered points, John Hugunin set the Drake record for career tackles, and the Bulldogs held off the Flyers late for the 600th victory in program history, 27-17.
Twice in the final 24 seconds of the game, guard Nicole Miller toed the charity stripe and hit a pair of free throws to keep the Iowa State Cyclones at bay. Those four points proved to be the difference, as Drake beat the Cyclones 74-70 to open the season.
Drake Women’s Basketball won both of their exhibition games, and the season begins Sunday when the Bulldogs host the Iowa State Cyclones at the Knapp Center. Drake was projected to finish second in the Missouri Valley Conference, so here are three things to watch for as the season gets underway.
The Bulldogs won their second and final exhibition game Sunday at the Knapp Center, drubbing Simpson, 94-61. Drake also beat Grand View on Tuesday, cruising past the Vikings, 96-46.
The Bulldogs will have to wait until the 2016 season for another chance to claim their first Pioneer Football League title since 2012.
In the third overtime, MSU had its best chance to put the game away after Drake had turned the ball over on its possession. A 23-yard field goal try from Shavi Bash was all it would take. And unlike in the first overtime period, he converted and the Eagles dealt Drake a crushing 38-35 defeat.