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30-point period propels Bulldogs past Panthers

CEDAR FALLS — The Drake women’s basketball team earned a season sweep over in-state rival Northern Iowa with a 77-56 win Wednesday at the McLeod Center.

Drake has won 10 of its last 11 games against UNI.

Grace Berg had the hot hand early for the Bulldogs, pouring in eight points in the opening five minutes as Drake (13-10, 11-5 MVC) held a 16-15 advantage after the first quarter. Berg finished with a game-high 18 points.

The Bulldogs had a dominant defensive effort in the second quarter as they held UNI (10-11, 7-7 MVC) scoreless for 5:42 and during one stretch forced misses on 16 of 17 field-goal attempts.

Drake limited UNI — which entered as the Valley’s second-highest scoring team, behind the Bulldogs — to 18-of-71 shooting on the night.

Taylor McAulay found Monica Burich for a buzzer-beating layup to cap a third quarter in which Drake outscored UNI 30-11.

Kierra Collier finished with 16 points for Drake, Maggie Bair notched her fourth double-double of with 10 points and a game-best 10 rebounds, while Burich added 12 points.

Kayba Laube led the Panthers with 14 points. Karli Rucker followed with 12 points and five assists.

Drake 77, UNI 56

DRAKE (13-10, 11-5) — Wooldridge 2-3 0-0 6, Burich 5-8 2-2 12, Berg 7-14 3-3 18, Monahan 2-5 0-0 6, Collier 6-9 2-2 16, Gueldner 1-3 0-0 3, Bair 5-10 1-2 11, Becker 2-5 1-2 11, Becker 2-5 1-2 5, McAulay 0-3 0-0 0, Negaard 0-1 0-0 0, Mertz 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 30-61 9-11 77.

N. IOWA (10-11, 7-7) — Gunnels 0-1 0-0 0, Maahs 0-4 2-2 2, Rucker 5-13 2-3 12, Kroeger 1-4 0-0 3, Finley 1-13 0-0 3, McCulloug 0-3 0-0 0, Wolf 3-9 1-2 8, Green 2-7 1-2 5, Laube 5-12 0-0 14, McDermott 1-4 4-4 6, Morgan 0-1 3-4 3, Boffeli 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 18-71 13-17 56.

DRAKE 16 19 30 12 — 77

N. IOWA 15 16 11 14 — 56

3-Point Goals–Drake 8-20 (Collier 2-2, Wooldridge 2-3, Monahan 2-5, Gueldner 1-2, Berg 1-3, Burich 0-1, Becker 0-1, Negaard 0-1, Bair 0-2), UNI 7-40 (Laube 4-11, Wolf 1-3, Kroeger 1-4, Finley 1-7, Gunnels 0-1, Maahs 0-1, Morgan 0-1, Green 0-3, McDermott 0-3, Rucker 0-4). Rebounds–Drake 50 (Bair 10), UNI 38 (Gunnels 6). Assists–Drake 27 (Wooldridge, Monahan 5), UNI 9 (Rucker 5). Total Fouls–Drake 15, UNI 15. Fouled Out–none. A–349.

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