Be Blue Recap: Iowa
After opening the 2020-21 season with a pair of road games last week, the Drake Bulldogs made their long-awaited return to the Knapp Center on Wednesday and faced the Iowa Hawkeyes in an in-state showdown. In an offensive shootout between two of the top programs in the state, Iowa held-off Drake, 103-97.
Below are the postgame notes from Drake's home opener.
Drake handed out a season-high 27 assists on their 38 field goals made, good for an 71.0% assisted shot rate. The Bulldogs have dished-out 20-or-more assists in two games to begin the season.
Drake connected on a season-high 14 three-pointers against Iowa. Drake made 10-or-more three's in eight games last season.
Drake outscored Iowa in the paint, 44-42. The Bulldogs have outscored opponents in the paint, 116-92 on the season.
Redshirt sophomore Grace Berg scored a career-high 26 points, surpassing her previous career-high of 24 points at Creighton earlier in the season. The Indianola, IA native is averaging a team-high 20 points per game, and is shooting a team-high 53.1 percent from the floor. Berg also set new career-high's in rebounds (9) and assists (4).
Redshirt junior Kierra Collier recorded her first career double-double with a season-high 25 points and a career-high 10 assists. The Kansas City, MO native knocked down a career-high seven three-pointers, tied for third-most in a single game in program history. Becca Hittner was the last player to drop seven three's in a game, when Drake hosted Southern Illinois on February 7, 2020. Collier has now scored 20-or-more points in three games as a Bulldog.
Senior Maddie Monahan scored a career-high 23 points, surpassing her previous career-high (21) against Indiana State on January 17, 2020. The Silver Lake, MN native has scored in double-figures in 21 career games, including seven-straight, dating back to last season. Monahan made her 99th-consecutive career start and has dished out an assist in 95 career games.
Junior Allie Wooldridge made her first career start in her 63rd career game.
Sophomore Maggie Bair scored eight points in six minutes of action. The Glen Ellyn, IL native knocked down a career-high two, three-pointers on the night.
Wednesday marked the 53rd all-time meeting between Drake and Iowa. The two in-state rivals have played against each other in every season since 1995.
Drake played in the Knapp Center for the first time since February 22.
Drake will travel to the Twin Cities to face Minnesota on December 6. Sunday's contest will mark the first meeting between Drake and Minnesota since 2004. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series, 8-6.
Tip-off from Williams Arena is at 2:00 p.m. Sunday's game will be streamed on BTN+. The game can also be heard on 940-AM in Des Moines, and online through TuneIn.