Women’s Basketball Travels to Inaugural Vancouver Showcase

first_img Live Stats Story Links This season, the Scarlet Knights have five players, led by senior forward Caitlin Jenkins, averaging double figure points. Jenkins is averaging a double-double with 12.3 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. Rutgers’ head coach is C. Vivian Stringer who last week became the sixth women’s head coach in NCAA history to join the elite 1,000 career victory club with her team’s victory over Central Connecticut State. Stringer has been a head coach for 48 seasons and was previously the head coach at the University of Iowa from 1983-1995 before taking the Rutgers position in 1995. Drake visits Canada coming off a two-game homestand at the Knapp Center, where it defeated South Dakota and CSUN. Five Bulldogs scored in double figures in the 76-64 victory over the Coyotes in the home opener. Two days later, Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) poured in a season-high 24 points and Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) knocked down 4-of-5 from behind the three-point line and finished with 17 points as the Bulldogs grinded out a 73-63 win over CSUN. CSUN, made the 2018 NCAA Tournament and is the preseason favorite in the Big West Conference. Along with the Bulldogs and the Scarlet Knights, the tournament field includes the defending national champions, Notre Dame along with East Tennessee State, Gonzaga, Oregon State, South Carolina and Western Kentucky. Friday, the Bulldogs will play either Gonzaga or Notre Dame while their Saturday game will be against either East Tennessee State, Oregon State, South Carolina or Western Kentucky. All eight teams in the field won at least 20 games last year. Drake Game Notes Drake (4-0) starts the three-day tournament against Rutgers (4-0) on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22) at 4:30 p.m. CST. The Bulldogs will play two more games, Nov. 23 and 24, at the tournament that includes six NCAA Tournament teams from last season. VANCOUVER, Canada – The Drake University women’s basketball team makes just its second-ever trip to Canada and first since the 1975-76 season when it plays in the inaugural Vancouver Showcase this week in Vancouver, British Columbia.center_img Every Drake game will be broadcast on the radio at 1350 ESPN Des Moines and available on the TuneIn app. Live stats will be available at www.godrakebulldogs.com. Fans can purchase access to a live stream for $9.95 a game or $24.95 for all 12 tournament games at www.vanshowcase.com. Drake has never played Notre Dame or Gonzaga. On the other side of the bracket, the Bulldogs haven’t played East Tennessee State or Western Kentucky. South Carolina is 3-0 all-time against Drake while the Bulldogs and Beavers are tied 3-3 all-time with the teams splitting games during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. Print Friendly Version In Drake’s only previous trip to Canada, the 1975-76 team went 1-2 at the Lakehead Tournament in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The Bulldogs beat North Dakota State and lost to the host school, Lakehead University and Minnesota State University Moorhead. Rhine was named MVC Player of the Week for the second straight week for her performance in the two games and has won the award six times in her career. This year, she is averaging 16.3 points, which ranks fourth in the MVC and 10.3 rebounds, which ranks second in the Valley behind a 55.1 shooting clip, which also ranks fourth in the league. Live Video (Paid Subscription Required) Drake and Rutgers will play for just the second time Friday afternoon. The Scarlet Knights edged the Bulldogs, 77-74, on Nov. 30, 1997 in New Brunswick, N.J. in the only prior meeting between the two teams. Rutgers, which is now in the Big Ten Conference, was a member of the former Big East Conference in 1997.last_img read more