Be Blue Recap: Creighton
Updated: Nov 28, 2020
It had been exactly 264 days since Drake last stepped on the court. After several months of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Bulldogs returned to action against Creighton to open the 2020-21 regular season. And needless to say, Drake was ready to go from the opening tip.
Below are the postgame notes from Drake's season-opening victory in Omaha.
Drake handed out 24 assists on their 30 field goals made, good for an 80.0% assisted shot rate. The Bulldogs dished out 20-or-more assists in 20 games last season, and ranked second in the country in assists per game (21.2 APG).
The Bulldogs made eight three-pointers at Creighton, with six different players connecting from downtown. Grace Berg and Kierra Collier each hit two three-pointers to lead the team.
Drake outscored Creighton in the paint, 42-16.
The Bulldogs held Creighton to 17 points-or-less in each quarter.
In her highly anticipated debut, Grace Berg scored a career-high 24 points, 16 of which came in the first half. Her seven rebounds and three assists were also new career-high(s). It was Berg's first game since January 17, 2019.
Redshirt junior Kierra Collier dished out a career-high nine assists in the Bulldogs victory at Creighton, surpassing the eight assists she had against UNI on January 3, 2020. The Kansas City native also dropped 12 points, marking her 12th career game at Drake scoring in double-figures.
Graduate senior Monica Burich recorded her first double-double as a Bulldog, scoring 10 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Burich's 11 boards tied her career-high at Drake (11 at Evansville 1/27/2019).
Senior Hannah Fuller made her fifth career start on Wednesday. It was Fuller's first start since February 9, 2020, when Drake hosted Missouri State. The West Des Moines, IA native collected four rebounds and passed out three assists on the day, including the first assist of the season. Fuller collected four-or-more rebounds in five games last season.
Senior Maddie Monahan scored 13 points at Creighton. The Silver Lake, MN native has scored in double-figures in 19 games, including five-straight, dating back to last season. Monahan made her 97th-consecutive career start and has dished out an assist in 94 career games. Monahan also surpassed 350 career assists.
Junior Allie Wooldridge scored seven points in just 11 minutes of action on Wednesday, going 3-of-7 from the floor (1-of-2 3FGM). Wooldridge has now made 12 three-pointers in her career.
Sophomore Sarah Beth Gueldner scored five quick points in five minutes against Creighton. The Olathe, KS native has now connected on 32 career three's. Gueldner ranked fourth on the team in three-pointers made last season (31).
Sophomore Maggie Bair scored four points, while snaring two rebounds and swatting two blocks. It was Bair's best scoring performance since February 2, 2020 (5 points vs. Loyola). Bair has now tallied 11 career blocks.
Redshirt freshman Taylor McAulay grabbed one rebound and one steal in nine minutes of action in Omaha. McAulay last played on December 5, 2019 when Drake hosted Waldorf.
Wednesday marked the 69th all-time meeting between Drake and Creighton. The Bulldogs now lead the series 42-27, and have won three-straight against the Bluejays.
Drake is now 17-13 when playing Creighton in Omaha.
Drake has won six-straight season openers dating back to the 2015-16 season.
The victory gave head coach Jennie Baranczyk her 175th win at Drake.
Drake will travel to Green Bay, Wisconsin to face UW-Green Bay on November 28. This will be the first meeting between the Bulldogs and the Phoenix since 2016.