Women’s Basketball Set To Host William Penn In Annual “Pack The Knapp” Game

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Knapp Center will be rocking on Friday as the Drake University women’s basketball team is set to host William Penn in its annual “Pack The Knapp For Character Counts” game. Over 3,000 local elementary and middle school students will fill the stands for a fun-filled day of educational activities and Bulldog basketball. Tipoff against the Statesmen is slated for 11:05 a.m. and the contest will be broadcast online on The Valley On ESPN3. Drake owns a 6-2 overall record as the Bulldogs look to snap a two-game losing streak. The losses occurred to two tough, non-conference opponents in South Dakota and Green Bay, who are favored to finish second and first in their respective conferences. Junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) leads the Missouri Valley Conference in scoring at 19.1 points per game. Drake, who is the top scoring team in the MVC and 28th in the nation at 79.0 points a game, has two other players in sophomore Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) at 14.4 ppg. and freshman Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) at 11.3 ppg. averaging double figures. William Penn at 5-5 overall is located in Oskaloosa, Iowa, and is a NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) program that is a member of the Heart of America Conference. The Statesman are paced in scoring by Kadejah Young’s 12.1 points a game. Willie Scott is in his first year as head coach of William Penn. Friday will be the seventh overall meeting between the two schools, but the first since 1979. Drake and William Penn have each won three games in the all-time series, which started back in the late 1970’s when both programs were members of the AIAW (Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women). Drake has a three-game win streak in the series. William Penn is the first of three remaining non-conference games for the Bulldogs, who will begin Missouri Valley Conference play on Jan. 1 at home against SIU. Following Friday’s game, Drake will have over a week off for final exams before returning to action at Northern Illinois on Dec. 19. Three days later, the Bulldogs will wrap up their non-conference schedule at Iowa on Dec. 22. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more