The two Missouri Valley Conference preseason favorites met in the only Panther women’s basketball game of the week.
The Drake Bulldogs visited the McLeod Center Friday and remained perfect in the MVC at UNI’s expense, rolling back home through the snow with an 88-64 win.
Drake started the game in impressive fashion and built a 26-16 lead after the first quarter, but UNI outscored the Bulldogs in the second and third quarters and tied the game at 49 nearly six minutes after halftime. Drake responded with a 9-0 run and eventually took a 59-54 lead into the fourth.
The final period was all Bulldogs. Drake went on a 20-5 run to start the quarter and pulled away. The 88 point total is the most UNI has given up since the 102-61 loss to Marquette.
Bulldog star Sara Rhine poured in 26 points.
Three Panthers were in double figures led by Ellie Howell with 15. Mikaela Morgan added 13, and Karli Rucker had 10.
The Panthers are back in action on Friday, January 25th at Evansville.