first_imgStory Links HTML Box Score Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines The Valley on ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live Preview Key to the rally was Drake’s turnaround at the free throw line in the fourth quarter. Going into the final period, the Bulldogs were just 6-of-11 at the line, but they made 10-of-11 in the fourth quarter, led by Hittner who went 5-of-5, with all five makes in the final 1:13. Overall, the team made 16-of-22 (72.7 percent). Full Schedule Roster However, the teams traded baskets as the score was tied at 45-all at the end of the third. The game, which featured seven lead changes and six ties, went back-and-forth in the final quarter until Dean made the key jumper which gave Drake a 56-54 lead with 2:52 left, an advantage they never relinquished as Illinois State could only get as close as our points the rest of the way. Senior Hannah Green paced Illinois State (8-11, 2-6 MVC) with a game-high 19 points. Freshman Paige Saylor chipped in 13 points. Illinois State scored the first four points of the third quarter and continued to answer each Drake basket until Hittner stepped up and hit a three-pointer at the 2:17 mark. It was the Bulldogs only three in the final two quarters and it was their third and final of the game, but it gave Drake its first lead of the game at 42-40. Drake (13-7, 8-0 MVC), which fell behind by 12 points in the second quarter, was led by sophomore Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) who scored a game-high 21 points, including 16 points in the final two quarters along with pulling down six rebounds. Redshirt sophomore Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) added 16 points off the bench. Redshirt junior Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) just missed double digits with nine points, and made a critical jumper with 2:52 left in the game that helped propel Drake to the win. NORMAL, Ill. – The Drake University women’s basketball team rallied for a 65-58 road victory over Illinois State Friday night in Missouri Valley Conference at Redbird Arena. Drake limited Illinois State to just two three-pointers after halftime. The Redbirds finished with a season-high eight and shot a season-high 61.5 percent from behind the three-point line. Coming into the game, Illinois State held a 25.9 mark from behind the three-point line. Drake’s bench finished with 30 points to eight for Illinois State’s. The Bulldogs forced 18 turnovers and scored 12 points off the miscues. Drake won the rebounding battle at 31-24 and scored 16 second chance points. PDF Box Score Next Game: at Bradley 1/28/2018 – 2 PM The Redbirds raced out to an early 20-9 lead behind five three-pointers and then held a 24-14 lead after one quarter. The Bulldogs tightened up their defense in the second period, allowing just six points by Illinois State, while scoring 16. Rhine sparked Drake with the first four points in the second and finished with eight in the period to help the Bulldogs pull even at 30-30 at halftime. Following Friday’s game, Drake makes the short trip to Peoria, Ill. to play Bradley Sunday. Tipoff against the Braves is set for 2 p.m. at Renaissance Coliseum.Print Friendly Versionlast_img