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On Friday, the Indiana State women’s basketball team will head to Des Moines, Iowa to face the Drake Bulldogs. 

ISU is 2-14 on the season with a 0-4 conference record. On the other hand, Drake is 10-6 with a 2-1 conference record. 

Drake leads the all-time series, 56-23. Furthermore, Drake has played lights out at home against Indiana State with a dominating 33-5 record in Des Moines. This season, Drake continues to find success at home with a 6-0 home record. However, both of Indiana State’s wins have come on the road. 

Both teams last played Sunday. The Sycamores lost a close game, 58-51 to Loyola Chicago. Drake bounced back after a close loss to 20-ranked Missouri State, 69-67, defeating a conference foe in Southern Illinois by eight points. 

Following the Sycamores 12th straight loss, ISU Head Coach Vicki Hall shared insight on areas the team needs to improve on in a post-game press conference. 

“We need to shoot our free throws better. We need to improve our three-point percentage. And we need to battle more on the boards, and make more of a team battle. We clean up those things, and that’s our game. We’re so close.” 

Drake has played solid basketball all season long. Additionally, they are even more dangerous at home with an undefeated record. 

The Bulldogs boast a well-balanced starting lineup. Senior forward Sara Rhine, and senior guard Becca Hitner have led the way for Drake. 

Rhine averages 18.3 points per game, 6.8 rebound per game, and shoots 67.4 percent from the field. Hitner averages 17.5 points per game, 5.3 rebound per game, and shoots an above average 87.8% from the free throw line. 

Those two are joined by sophomore guard Kierra Collier, senior guard/forward Brenni Rose, and junior guard Maddie Monahan to form a dynamic starting lineup. 

Moreover, this has been the same starting lineup for the entire season, so consistency has also played a role in the Bulldogs success this season. 

ISU has faced some challenges this season with an entirely new team, but also have a lot of talented young players. 

In the post-game press conference, Head Coach Vicki Hall admired her team’s togetherness. 

“We have a family. We’re a young family trying to figure it out together. I know we care about each other, and we’ve been through a lot. It’s been tough, and we’ve rallied around each other, and we’re not giving up.”