Bulldogs dispatch Illinois St.

NORMAL, Ill. — The Drake women continued on a tear through their conference schedule with a blowout win against Illinois State, 87-36 on the road Sunday.

Lizzy Wendell went for 17 points, 2-for-3 3-point shooting and making 6-of-11 field goal shots to lead the Bulldogs (13-4, 6-0 MVC). Both Becca Hitter and Sammie Bachrodt had 12 points apiece.

Despite a contested first quarter that found Drake up by six points (19-13), the Bulldogs would go on to outscore the Redbirds 28-7.

The Bulldogs found success early and often inside, outscoring their opponent 40-10 in the paint, and turned 19 Redbird turnovers in to 30 points. Despite Drake turning the ball over 14 times, Illinois State only found two points in an effort to turn the tide.

Drake was better on the boards as well, grabbing a 45-31 advantage. Becca Jonas led the way for Drake with seven rebounds. She also had 11 points in her efforts.

The Redbirds (4-12, 1-4 MVC) shot just 22.8 percent from the field, including a 4-for-33 mark from the arc. Drake, however was 53.1 percent from the field, and was 13-for-20 from the arc.

The Bulldogs are back in action at home to host Loyola on Friday, tipping off at 7 p.m.

Drake 87, Illinois St. 36

DRAKE (13-4, 6-0) — Wendell 6-11 3-3 17, Jonas 5-10 1-3 11, Hittner 4-9 2-2 12, Bachrodt 5-8 0-0 12, Ingle 3-5 0-0 7, Rose 3-7 0-0 6, Greiner 3-4 0-0 9, Niller 2-5 1-3 5, Rush 2-4 0-0 6, Mertz 1-1 0-0 2. TOTALS 34-64 6-8 87.

ILLINOIS ST. (4-12, 1-4) — Green 2-5 0-2 4, Talbot 1-3 0-0 2, Beck 2-12 0-0 6, Livingston 0-1 4-4 4, Stewart 2-12 1-1 5, Beckles 0-3 0-0 0, Turner 1-5 0-0 2, Becahum 2-7 0-0 6, Stevens 1-5 0-0 2, Corrigan 2-3 1-2 5, Allen 0-1 0-0 0, VanHyfte 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 13-57 6-9 36.

3-Point Goals–Drake 13-20 (Greiner 3-4, Rush 2-2, Wendell 2-3, Hittner 2-3, Bachrodt 2-4, Ingle 1-1, Miller 1-3), Illinois St. 4-33 (Beachum 2-4, Beck 2-12, Livingston 0-1, Stevens 0-1, Beckles 0-2, Turner 0-3). Rebounds–Drake 45 (Jonas 7), Illinois St. 31 (Green 10). Assists–Drake 28 (Wendell, Ingle, Greiner 5), Illinois St. 7 (Livingston 2). Total Fouls–Drake 15, Illinois St. 10. Fouled Out–none. A–518.