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Hittner, Rhine lead No. 24 Drake women to victory

DES MOINES — Becca Hittner scored 33 points, Sara Rhine added 21 points and 10 rebounds and No. 24 Drake rolled past Indiana State 96-77 on Sunday.

The Bulldogs (21-5, 13-1 Missouri Valley Conference) are tied for first with Missouri State. The league leaders each have four regular-season games remaining with the two facing off next Sunday.

Hittner was 12-of-19 shooting while Rhine was 7 of 8 and also 7 of 8 from the foul line. Maddy Dean added 15 points.

Drake shot 57 percent overall and made 8 of 19 from the arc for 42 percent while dominating the boards 42-24 in taking its sixth straight victory.

Tamara Lee made five 3-pointers and scored 19 points, Daijah Smith added 16 and Ty Battle 15 for the Sycamores (11-15, 5-10).

Drake led by five at halftime before pulling away with a 28-8 third quarter, with Rhine and Hittner scoring seven points each.

The Bulldogs moved back into the The AP Top 25 this past week after being ranked in Weeks 3 and 4.

No. 24 DRAKE 96, INDIANA ST. 77

At Des Moines

INDIANA ST. (11-15) — Battle 6-11 3-5 15, Wentland 0-4 0-0 0, Lee 7-16 0-0 19, O’Neal 5-15 0-0 11, Webb 0-2 0-0 0, Isaiah 3-7 1-1 7, Smith 6-9 2-2 16, Delgado 3-6 0-2 9. TOTALS 30-70 6-10 77.

DRAKE (21-5) — Rhine 7-8 7-8 21, Bachrodt 4-11 1-2 10, Dean 6-10 0-0 15, Hittner 12-19 6-7 33, Monahan 2-4 2-2 6, Burich 1-1 0-0 2, Jonas 0-2 0-0 0, Mertz 0-0 0-0 0, Wooldridge 1-2 0-0 2, Fuller 0-0 0-0 0, Miller 2-4 0-0 5, Negaard 0-0 0-0 0, Rose 1-2 0-0 2. TOTALS 36-63 16-19 96.

Indiana St. 23 20 8 26 — 77

Drake 27 21 28 20 — 96

3-Point Goals–Indiana St. 11-31 (Lee 5-13, O’Neal 1-8, Smith 2-4, Delgado 3-6), Drake 8-19 (Bachrodt 1-5, Dean 3-5, Hittner 3-5, Monahan 0-1, Jonas 0-1, Wooldridge 0-1, Miller 1-1). Assists–Indiana St. 20 (O’Neal 8), Drake 25 (Monahan 7). Fouled Out–Indiana St. Webb, Rebounds–Indiana St. 24 (Battle 9), Drake 42 (Rhine 10). Total Fouls–Indiana St. 22, Drake 13. A–2,878.

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