Women’s Basketball Hosts Grand View Wednesday Night In First Of Two Exhibitions

first_imgThree freshmen, Hannah Fuller, Maddie Monahan and Katie Van Scyoc, are set for their first seasons as Bulldogs. Fuller is a local product from West Des Moines Valley, who helped the Tigers win the 2017 Iowa Class 5A title. Monahan is from Silver Lake, Minn., where she was a multi-sport standout for Glencoe-Silver Lake. On the basketball court, she graduated as the school recorder holder in points, assists and steals. Rounding out the freshman class is Van Scyoc from Markesan, Wis., and Lourdes Academcy. Another multi-sport standout, Van Scyoc, was a two-time Northeast Wisconsin Player of the Year award winner. Colorado transfer, Monica Burich, who hails from Roseville, Minn., will sit out the 2017-18 season and have three years of eligibility starting in 2018-19. DES MOINES, Iowa – After one of the most successful seasons in program history, the Drake women’s basketball team returns three starters and nine letterwinners for the 2017-18 season, as the Bulldogs look to defend their Missouri Valley Conference championships and return to the NCAA Tournament. Drake hosts Grand View on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at the Knapp Center in the first of two preseason exhibitions. The Bulldogs close the preseason against Truman State on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Knapp Center. Last season, sophomore Becca Hittner was the fourth straight Bulldog freshman to be named the MVC Freshman of the Year to go with being named to the All-MVC First Team. Juniors Sammie Bachrodt and Becca Jonas each earned their first All-MVC honors as both garnered honorable mention accolades. Bachrodt averaged 10.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game while Jonas added 8.3 points and 5.4 rebounds. Also, back for the Bulldogs are Maddy Dean and Sara Rhine who each missed all or most of the 2016-17 season due to injury. Dean missed the entire season and Rhine played in eight games. Dean and Rhine were the 2015 and 2016 MVC Freshmen of the Year, respectively. Paige Greiner, Nicole Miller, Mya Mertz and Brenni Rose round out the group of returning letterwinners. The experienced and talented group will all help fill the void in production left by two of the program’s all-time bests in Caitlin Ingle and Lizzy Wendell, who concluded stellar careers last season leading the Bulldogs to their historic season.center_img Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk enters her sixth season at the helm of the program. Baranczyk, who last year led the Bulldogs to their first NCAA Tournament and MVC championship since 2007, has won an impressive 99 games in her tenure. She has guided her teams to three-consecutive 20-plus win seasons. Baranczyk was named the MVC Coach of the Year and the espnW Mid-Major Coach of the Year after the historic 2016-17 season. Associate head coach, Allison Pohlman and assistant coaches Nicci Hays Fort and Markisha Wright are back on the bench for Baranczyk. Former Drake letterwinner Carly Grenfell is the coordinator of basketball operations while former Washington standout Chantel Osahor is in her first season as the Bulldogs’ graduate assistant. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more