Women’s Basketball Set to Host Missouri State In First Place Matchup Friday Night

first_img Missouri State ESPN+ Buy Tickets Live Stats Following Friday’s game, Drake closes the first weekend of February with another difficult matchup as SIU (10-8, 3-4 MVC) comes to the Knapp Center for a Super Bowl Sunday showdown. The Bulldogs and the Salukis played three times last season with the Bulldogs winning all three. However, Drake had to rally from a 14-point third quarter deficit in the win in Des Moines. Later the teams played in the semifinals of the MVC Tournament and Drake rallied from a 12-point deficit early in the second quarter to advance to the championship game. Drake and SIU first played each other in 1979 and have played 87 times with the Bulldogs holding a 59-28 advantage in the series. The Salukis play at UNI Friday night before coming to Des Moines. Following this weekend at home, Drake plays its only road games this month. First is a trip to Valparaiso Feb. 8 for a 5 p.m. contest followed by a visit to Loyola Feb. 10 for a 1 p.m. matinee.Print Friendly Version Drake Game Notes It is just the third time ever, two teams with at least 7-0 league records, will play each other. Friday also boasts the top two scoring teams in the league with Drake’s league-best 80.3 scoring clip followed by Missouri State’s 72.3 average. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team hosts Missouri State Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. inside the Knapp Center in a battle of the last two MVC teams undefeated in league action. Friday night’s game on ESPN+ is “Stripe the Knapp Center” as fans are encouraged to check the to turn the Knapp Center blue and white (map below). Five of the Bulldogs’ next seven games will be played at home after they have played 13 away or neutral contests, compared to just seven home games. SIU ESPN3 Friday’s game will be the 85th all-time meeting between Drake (15-4, 7-0 MVC) and Missouri State (11-7, 7-0 MVC) as the Bulldogs own a slight edge, 43-41, in the all-time series. The two schools have won or shared 20 Gateway/MVC regular season titles with the Bulldogs at eight and the Lady Bears at 12. Drake enters Friday’s game on a seven-game winning streak while Missouri State is riding a 10-game winning streak. Story Linkslast_img