first_img Photo Gallery Drake held a 20-18 lead after one quarter of play as the team made four-straight three-pointers to end the period. Bradley kept it close despite all the Bulldogs’ three-pointers as Haack made a triple with 25 seconds to play. The second quarter featured runs from both teams as Drake led by nine at one point, but the Braves answered with scoring runs of their own as they led 39-37 at halftime. Bradley had two different 8-0 runs in the period, including the final run over the final 52 seconds to put the Bulldogs in a halftime deficit for just the second time this MVC season. Story Links Drake trailed 59-55 after three quarters, but Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.) drilled her only three-pointer of the game 18 seconds into the fourth to pull within one-point at 59-58. Bachrodt sank two much-needed baskets in a row to take back the lead for the Bulldogs at 62-59. The teams then traded baskets and the lead until Dean connected on her fourth three-pointer of the night to put the Bulldogs ahead 70-68 with 2:42 to play. Drake never relinquished its advantage, outscoring the Braves, 7-3, down the stretch for the comeback win. Dean had a layup, Bachrodt made a three-pointer and Hittner knocked down two free throws in the closing run. HTML Box Score Drake (20-7, 15-0 MVC) overcame a four-point, fourth-quarter deficit to earn its seventh MVC title in program history. Sophomore Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) scored a game-high 24 points and was joined in double figures by Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) with 15 points, Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) with 12 points, including 10 key points in the fourth quarter and Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) with 10 points. Hittner made a career-high five three-pointers. Bachrodt added five steals, four assists and four steals. Dean just missed a double-double with nine rebounds to go with five assists. Full Schedule Roster Bradley (12-14, 6-9 MVC) had two players finish in double digits as Gabi Haack scored 22 points and Vanessa Markert had 17 points. Play was equally as competitive in the third quarter. A three pointer from Hittner with 6:25 on the clock kept Drake close behind the Braves, 46-43. Bradley answered with a jump shot and a layup, but Hittner hit another three-pointer to pull the Bulldogs to within two points, but the Braves followed with a 5-0 run. Later, Rhine added a jumper followed by a three-pointer from Dean to tie the game at 55-55. However, the Braves made two free throw points and a last-minute jumper to lead 59-55.center_img Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines The Valley on ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live Next Game: Illinois State 2/25/2018 – 2 PM PDF Box Score Following Friday’s game, Drake hosts Illinois State Sunday in its home finale. Sunday will be Senior Day for the Bulldogs’ only senior, Paige Greiner (Williamsburg, Iowa). Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. and Greiner’s ceremony will take place on the Knapp Center floor after the game. If Drake wins Sunday it will clinch its second-consecutive outright MVC regular season title. The last time the Bulldogs won back-to-back outright MVC titles was the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team clinched a share of the Missouri Valley Conference regular season title with a 77-71 victory over Bradley Friday night at the Knapp Center.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img