Drake finishes first 18-0 season in MVC history

DES MOINES — The Drake women’s basketball team finally cemented itself in Missouri Valley Conference history with a feat that can never be bested.

With a 105-89 win against Wichita State, the No. 22 Bulldogs recorded the first perfect, 18-0 record in conference history. The win also caps a 13-0 home season, the first for the Bulldogs since 1978-79.

Drake was led by senior Lizzy Wendell, who posted 25 points in her final game at the Knapp Center. Sammie Bachrodt had 23 points and four assists, while Brenni Rose posted 22 as well for Drake.

The Bulldogs were 61.3 percent from three, connecting on 19 3-poitners, breaking the school record of 17 made 3s in 2014. Eight different players made a trey. From the floor in general, the Bulldogs shot 55.4 percent.

Freshman Becca Hittner added double-digit scoring efforts with 13 points and six rebounds, with a career-tying five assists.

The Shockers had the edge, slightly, at the free-throw line, going a perfect 13-for-13. The Bulldogs struggled, making 14-of-24.

The Shokers were led by Rangie Bessard’s 24 points, followed by Angiee Tompkins’ 19 and Keke Thompson’s 16.

Drake trailed Wichita State (14-15, 9-9 MVC) 28-27 at the break, but outscored the Shockers 27-6 to end the third quarter. The 105 points scored are the most against an MVC opponent since 1996-97, while making it the first time since 1994-95 the Bulldogs posted 100-plus on a conference foe in a single season.

Drake plays the winner of Indiana State and Illinois State March 10 at noon in its first game of the MVC Hoops in the Heartland Tournament in Moline, Ill.

No. 22 Drake 105, Wichita St. 89

At Des Moines

Wichita St. (14-15, 9-9) — Bessard 11-20 2-2 24, Tompkins 7-12 5-5 19, Williams 0-2 0-0 0, Mike 6-11 2-2 16, Thompson 6-8 2-2 14, Lozada-Cabbage 2-5 0-0 4, Martin 2-3 0-0 4, Lockhart 0-3 0-0 0, Stovall 0-1 0-0 0, Lee 0-5 0-0 0, Preston 2-7 2-2 8. TOTALS 36-77 13-13 89.

Drake (25-4, 18-0) — Jonas 3-4 0-3 7, Wendell 8-16 6-6 25, Bachrodt 9-12 0-0 23, Hittner 3-5 5-7 13, Ingle 2-6 1-2 6, Mertz 1-1 0-0 2, Greiner 1-3 0-0 3, Miller 1-4 0-0 3, Rose 8-12 1-4 22, Rush 0-2 1-2 1. TOTALS 36-65 14-24 105.

Wichita St. 28 16 20 25 — 89

Drake 27 24 32 22 — 105

3-Point Goals–Wichita St. 4-17 (Bessard 0-1, Tompkins 0-1, Williams 0-2, Mike 2-3, Stovall 0-1, Lee 0-3, Preston 2-6), Drake 19-31 (Jonas 1-1, Wendell 3-5, Bachrodt 5-8, Hittner 2-4, Ingle 1-1, Greiner 1-3, Miller 1-3, Rose 5-6). Assists–Wichita St. 22 (Mike 5), Drake 30 (Ingle 8). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Wichita St. 39 (Bessard 9), Drake 35 (Jonas 6). Total Fouls–Wichita St. 21, Drake 13. A–3,271.