MILWAUKEE - Kyndal Clark scored 19 points to lead four Drake players in double-figures as the Bulldogs used a 12-2 run to grab an early advantage during an 80-70 win over Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Saturday at the Klosche Center.
Clark also finished with a career-high six assists, four steals and four rebounds for the Bulldogs, who improved to 5-6 on the season under first-year head coach Jennie Baranczyk.
"We have to see it one game at a time now that conference play is here," Baranczyk said. "We don't know any different being such a young team with 10 first or second year players but what I love about our team is that we continue to get better every day."
Alyssa Marschner contributed a career-high 16 points and five boards, while Morgan Reid added 10 points, seven rebounds and six steals. The Bulldogs finished with 12 steals in the game and forced 17 turnovers and won despite turning it over 18 times themselves.
Stephanie Running and Ashley Bartow played in front of several family and friends as they returned to their home state. Running finished with 10 points, while Bartow scored eight points and grabbed a career-high 11 boards off the bench.
"We had a good warmup today," Running said. "It's awesome to go into conference with such a good win. All the young players got great experience against a solid team. It was really fun for all my family and friends along with the other Wisconsin girls' friends and family to come out today and see us play."
Drake made 52 percent of its shots but was just 6-of-20 from long range and 8-of-14 from the foul line. The Bulldogs led by as many as 14 points and the game featured four ties and five lead changes.
Ashley Green and Angela Rodriguez both finished in double-figures for Milwaukee, which dropped to 4-8 after the loss. Green scored 23 points and had seven boards, while Rodriguez added 22 points and five boards. Rodriguez and Running were high school teammates.
The Bulldogs will next play at Evansville in the first Missouri Valley Conference game of the year. It will be played at 7 p.m. Thursday.