MILWAUKEE, Wis. - The Drake and Milwaukee-Wisconsin women's basketball teams have a few things in common this season.
Both programs feature first-year head coaches, each have four wins and today's meeting will be the final non-conference game of the season for both squads.
The Bulldog women will look to improve to 6-0 all-time against the Panthers when the two teams face off against each other in Milwaukee.
A win for Drake will give the Bulldogs and first-year coach Jennie Baranczyk a two-game win streak and a boost heading into Missouri Valley Conference play. Drake (4-6) travels to Evansville on Thursday to open the conference slate.
It has been an up-and-down season thus far for the Bulldogs, and that is to be expected with a young roster. Two of Drake's top three scorers are sophomores and only one senior rests on the roster for Baranczyk, the former Hawkeye standout who is trying to make the Bulldogs relevant again.
Sophomore Kyndal Clark leads the way for the Bulldogs this season at 13.3 points per game. Junior Morgan Reid is scoring 11 points and leading the Bulldogs with 7.6 boards per contest. Both Clark and Reid reached double-figures in Drake's latest outing, a 61-55 win over St. Louis. Carly Grenfell also had 12 points and six boards against St. Louis as the Bulldogs look to win two straight games for the second time this season.
Drake (4-6) at Milwaukee (4-7)
Today, 3 p.m.
Klotsche Center, Milwaukee, Wis.
Wisconsin-Milwaukee is 4-7 on the year but enters the game having lost five of its last six games. The Panthers most recent win though came on Dec. 4 against MVC representative Bradley. Milwaukee needed two overtimes but scored a school-record 116 points in that victory.
Three Panthers are scoring in double-figures with junior Angela Rodriguez leading the way at 15 per game. Senior Sami Tucker contributes 12.6 points and a team-high 6.2 boards per game, while sophomore Ashley Green averages 12 points and 5.7 rebounds per tilt.
The Panthers are averaging nearly 70 points per game but also are giving up 77 points to their opponents. They also are getting out-rebounded by six boards per game and are averaging 17 turnovers per contest.
Tip-off from the Klotsche Center in Milwaukee will be at 3 p.m. It will be just the third home game of the season for the Panthers.