UNI Women’s Basketball Travels to MVC Rival Drake in State

UNI women’s basketball at Drake

  • 6:00 PM CT | January 19
  • Des Moines, Iowa | Button Center (7.152)
  • ESPN+ (Larry Morgan: Play-by-Play / Laura Leonard: Analyst)
  • 1540 KXEL: Panther Sports Radio Network (Chris Kleinhaus-Schulz: Play-by-Play)

DES MOINES, Iowa — The UNI women’s basketball team hopes to make it a four-game win as they head to Des Moines to take on in-state Missouri Valley Conference rival, the Drake Bulldogs.

After a big week of conference wins, the Panthers head out to make the short trip to Des Moines for their first of two games against Drake. The Bulldogs are one of the Panthers’ oldest rivals, with a game on Friday night as their 93rd general meeting. The two teams last met on February 24, 2021, and the Bulldogs topped 77-56 at the McLeod Center. Panther fans traveling to the Knapp Center on Friday will be required to wear masks in the arena for the entire game.

THE PANTHERS:
– The Panthers face in-state rival Drake this week, putting their three-game MVC winning streak on the line. It will be the first week that UNI has only had one game since Thanksgiving week in November.
– Despite UNI’s long playing history against both Missouri State and Southern Illinois, the Panthers had not won a game against the two teams in the history of the program until this week. UNI pulled off a stunner of a home game against the Lady Bears on Thursday, winning 74-65. The Panthers were again able to get off to a hot start, taking Saturday’s 66-57 win against Southern Illinois.
– Panther senior center Cynthia Wolf set a career high in blocks in UNI’s game against Southern Illinois. Wolf scored four blocks in 18 minutes of play on Saturday. Her previous career highlight was three blocks against Saint Louis and the start of the season.
– The Panthers had a rare occurrence this weekend during their game against Southern Illinois. UNI saw the program’s first double technical foul early in the fourth quarter after reviewing a first jumpball call.

THE BULLDOGS:
– The Bulldogs are currently on a four-game loss streak in the conference, struggling to finish games against teams like Missouri State and Valparaiso.
– Drake is led by junior striker Maggie Bair, averaging 12.4 points per game with 5.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals. Bair returned to the Drake lineup last week after being unavailable for the team’s first conference road trip of the season.
– Drake junior guard Megan Meyer earned MVC Newcomer of the Week on Monday after she averaged 11.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, four steals and 2.5 assists last week. She also set a career high with her six steals on Thursday against SIU.
– Bulldog Head Coach Allison Pohlman has strong ties to UNI as a former player and Assistant/Associate Head Coach. Pohlman played for the Panthers from 1996-2000 (then Allison Starr) and was an All-MVC First Team Honoree and runner-up to Jackie Stiles for MVC’s Player of the Year award in 2000. Pohlman currently holds the record for steals averaging per game in Panther’s history at 2.5 and is tied for scoring average with Jacqui Kalin. Pohlman also served as an Assistant Coach for the Panthers from 2001-2006. She then was promoted to Associate Head Coach in 2006-2007. Pohlman is in her first year as Head Coach of the Bulldog.

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