• Hunter Phillips

Be Blue Recap: Minnesota

Updated: Dec 16, 2020

Following a tough loss in their home opener to Iowa, the Drake Bulldogs hit the road to renew their border battle with Minnesota on Sunday. The two program's last faced each other in 2004. Drake went wire-to-wire in a dominant performance at The Barn, winning 99-66.

Below are the postgame notes from Drake's victory in Minneapolis.

Postgame Notes

  • Drake handed out 26 assists on their 32 field goals made, good for an 81.3% assisted shot rate. Drake's assisted shot rate currently sits at 75.1% on the season. The Bulldogs have dished out 20-or-more assists in three games, and now average 23.0 per contest.

  • Drake connected on 11 three-pointers and shot a season-high 50 percent from beyond the arc (11-of-22). Six different players hit at least one three-pointer. The Bulldogs drained a combined 25 three's against Iowa and Minnesota this past week.

  • Drake outscored Minnesota in the paint, 38-28. The Bulldogs have outscored opponents in the paint, 154-120 on the season.

  • Drake had a season-high five players score in double-figures at Minnesota.

  • Drake's bench accounted for a season-high 28 points.

  • Drake recorded a new season-high in points (99) and margin of victory (33).

  • Drake made a season-high 24 free throw's, and shot a season-high 92.4% from the free throw line.

  • Redshirt junior Kierra Collier scored a team-high 24 points in Minneapolis, pushing her scoring average to 17.8 points per game. Collier has scored 20-or-more points in back-to-back games, and now four total in her Drake career.

  • The Kansas City, MO native also dished out six assists, tied for the team-high, and giving her exactly 100 for her career.

  • Graduate senior Monica Burich scored a season-high 13 points in her return to Minnesota. The Roseville native grabbed six rebounds and tied a season-high with four assists.

  • Senior Maddie Monahan added 12 points and six assists in her Minnesota homecoming. The Silver Lake native has now scored in double-figures in 22 career games, including eight-straight, dating back to last season. Monahan made her 100th-consecutive career start and has dished out an assist in 97 career games.

  • Redshirt sophomore Grace Berg chipped-in 12 points and four rebounds at Minnesota. The Indianola, IA native has scored in double-figures in the first four game and continues to lead Drake in scoring (18.0 PPG).

  • Junior Allie Wooldridge scored a season-high 10 points in her second career start, and knocked down a career-high six free throw's. Wooldridge's last double-figure game came on February 15, 2020 at Indiana State (11PTS). The Center Point, IA native also tied a season-high with four assists.

  • Sophomore Maggie Bair led the team and tied a career-high with seven rebounds at Minnesota.

  • Redshirt freshman Taylor McAulay set a new season-high in scoring (4) in her Minnesota homecoming. The Lino Lakes native also collected a career-high six rebounds.

  • Junior Maggie Negaard scored a season-high six points, and has now made at least one three-pointer in back-to-back games.

  • Sophomore Sarah Beth Gueldner scored a season-high six points and dished out a career-high four assists. Gueldner hit two three's in Minneapolis. The Olathe, KS native sank two-or-more three's in six games as a freshman.

  • Freshman Courtney Becker scored a season-high seven points on a perfect 3-for-3 shooting. The Fountain City, WI native is shooting 62.5% from the field this season.

  • Redshirt senior Mya Mertz connected on her first career three-pointer in her 64th career game.

  • Sunday marked the 15th all-time meeting between Drake and Minnesota. It was the first meeting between the two programs since 2004.

  • Drake's 99 points were the most scored against Minnesota in the series, surpassing the 87 points tallied in 1982.

  • Drake now leads the series 9-6. It was Drake's first victory over Minnesota since 1988.

Listen to highlights and postgame reaction from head coach Jennie Baranczyk with the Be Blue Podcast!

Up Next

Drake returns to the Knapp Center on December 10th to host Northwest Missouri State in an exhibition contest. The Bearcats compete in the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association (DII). Tip-off from Des Moines is at 6:00 p.m. Thursday's game will be streamed on ESPN+/ESPN3. The game can also be heard on 1350-AM/102.1-FM in central Iowa, and online through TuneIn.