Be Blue Recap: Texas
Shortly after Drake played at South Dakota State on Tuesday, an additional road game to their non-conference schedule was announced. For the first time in 36 years, Drake and Texas would meet on the hardwood. Despite the final score (101-80) not falling in Drake's favor, there were plenty of positive takeaways.
Below are the postgame notes from Drake's trip to Austin.
Drake handed out 18 assists on their 32 field goals made, an assisted shot rate of 56.3%. Drake's assisted shot rate currently sits at 70.7% on the season, 11th nationally per Her Hoop Stats. The Bulldogs are averaging 21.3 assists per game, a mark that ranks sixth in the nation.
Drake outscored Texas in the paint, 50-48. The Bulldogs have combined to outscore opponents, 202-188, in the paint this season.
Drake connected on five three-pointers at Texas, extending their streak to 325-straight games with a made three-pointer.
Maddie Monahan scored a career-high 28 points, connecting on a career-high 11 field goals and four three-pointers while shooting a season-high 73.3% from the floor. It bested her previous career-high (23) against Iowa on December 2. Monahan has now scored in double-figures in 24 career games, including 10-straight, dating back to the 2019-20 season. The senior posted back-to-back 20-plus scoring games for the first time in her career, and has now scored 20-or-more points in four career games.
The Silver Lake, MN native made her 102nd-consecutive career start, and has dished out at least one assist in 99 career games. Monahan also secured two steals, putting her over 100 for her career.
In her fourth career start, Allie Wooldridge recorded her first career double-double. En-route to the milestone, Wooldridge established new career-high's in points (13) and rebounds (11), while tying her career-high in assists (6). The Center Point, IA native also surpassed 200 career points.
Kierra Collier recorded her 16th career double-figure scoring game, tallying 18 points at Texas. Drake's leader in assists (36), Collier passed out five assists. The Kansas City native has dished out five-or-more assists in four games this season.
In just her sixth career game, Grace Berg surpassed 100 career points.
Mya Mertz set new season-high's in scoring (4), rebounding (4) and minutes (13) in her 66th career game.
Friday marked the fourth all-time meeting between Drake and Texas. The two programs last met in the First Round of the 1984 NCAA Tournament. Texas leads the series 3-1.
Drake last played a ranked opponent on February 9, 2020 against No. 24 Missouri State.
Drake returned to the Lone Star State for the first time since March 16, 2018. Drake traveled to College Station to face Texas A&M in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament.
Between their trips to Brookings, South Dakota and Austin, Texas, Drake logged 2,520 total miles this week.
Drake will make the short commute north to Ames on Tuesday to face Iowa State in their final non-conference game. Tip-off from Hilton Coliseum is at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday night's game can be streamed on the ESPN+, and heard on 940-AM in central Iowa, and online through TuneIn.