first_imgBox Score CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team had its 2015-16 season come to an end on Saturday night in a 64-58 defeat at UNI in the second round of the WNIT Tournament. Drake (23-10) was led in scoring by sophomore Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.), who just missed a double-double with 19 points and nine rebounds. Freshman Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) also just missed a double with 11 points and eight rebounds. Junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.)  added 10 points before fouling out late in the game. UNI (24-10) had three players in double-figure points led by Amber Sorenson’s 16 points. Stephanie Davison scored 15 points and Madison Weekly chipped in 13 points. UNI led 24-23 at halftime, but Drake quickly claimed the lead with a layup from Wendell moments into the third quarter. The teams then traded baskets with junior Cortni Rush (Mason City, Iowa) tying the game at 30-30 with a three-pointer. Weekly hit consecutive three-pointers to give UNI a 36-30 lead. Later Wendell pulled Drake to within two points at 41-39 with a three-point play with 2:18 left in the third quarter. It would be as close as Drake would be after going scoreless for just over four minutes as UNI scored six-straight points during that span. Rhine knocked in a three-pointer to end the drought, but another drought for two minutes proved the difference as the Panthers built a 10-point lead as they held on for the win to advance to the third round. “We missed a few things and we were in gaps instead of being on shooters,” said Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk. “I think they hit some shots they haven’t hit in a long time and they had some players step up. That happens sometimes. Our offense wasn’t we needed it to be and we didn’t shoot the ball like we wanted to. We had some great possessions, but we had a few that our movement wasn’t like we need it to be.” Drake with just one senior, three juniors, two sophomores and three freshmen won 23 games in 2015-16. The 23 wins are the most for the program since the 2007-08 season. Drake also won 20-plus games for the second consecutive season. It’s the first time since the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons the Bulldogs have accomplished this feat. Drake is also excited to welcome back Becca Jonas (Independence, Mo.), who missed this past season due to injury. “You look at the progression of this team since I came,” Baranczyk said. “Ninth place, to fifth place, to second place last year by two games and this year second place by one game. Not where we want to be, but you can see it coming. To build like that is going in the right direction. We are playing a tough non-conference schedule to test ourselves and get better. I’m excited for the future.” UNI will play the winner of Minnesota vs. Nebraska, who play Sunday afternoon at Minnesota.Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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