MOLINE, Ill. – Blue Springs High School graduate Lizzy Wendell scored 17 points and No. 20 Drake beat Illinois State 64-40 on Friday in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament quarterfinals, tying an MVC record with its 20th consecutive victory.
The Bulldogs (26-4) play No. 5 seed Wichita State, a 73-60 winner over Southern Illinois on Friday, in a Saturday semifinal. Their victory over the Redbirds (8-23) tied the win streak record held by the 2013-14 Wichita State team.
The Redbirds, who lost by 52 and 51 points to the Bulldogs in the regular season, trailed only 20-18 at halftime. But Drake broke the game open by outscoring Illinois State 24-8 in the third quarter and built its largest lead of 27 points in the final period. Drake shot 67 percent in the second half.
Becca Hittner added 14 points, Sammie Bachrodt had 12 and Nicole Miller 10 for Drake, which scored 31 points off 21 turnovers. Truman High School graduate Becca Jonas had four rebounds, two assists and a steal for Drake,
Katrina Beck scored 13 points while Brechelle Beachum and Taylor Stewart added 10 each for the Redbirds.