I made an earlier post about the men’s team, so it’s only fair that I write about Drake Women’s Basketball. The past three years have been AMAZING for the program.
In the 2016-2017 season, the team went 10-5 against non-conference teams and 18-0 during the conference season, giving them an overall record of 28-0, making them undefeated in the conference and champions in the regular season and conference tournament. They played Kansas State in the NCAA Tournament where they lost 56-67.
In the 2017-2018 season, they went 8-8 in the non-conference season and 18-0 in the conference again. For the second year in a row, they were undefeated in the conference and champions in the regular season and conference tournament. They played Texas A&M in the NCAA Tournament where they lost 76-89.
This season, Drake Women’s Basketball went 10-6 in the non-conference season and 17-1 in the conference season. By the end of the season, they were ranked 21st in the country. The first conference game they have lost since the 2015-2016 season was against Missouri State, where they lost 79-85. Missouri State also beat them in the championship game on the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament 79-94.
Even though the were not champions of the tournament, they were still the regular season champions and went to the NCAA Tournament where they played Mizzou and lost 76-77 in overtime.
Despite the three heart-breaking losses, Drake Women’s Basketball was given several awards:
- Sarah Rhine – Scholar Athlete of the Year (second year in a row), Scholar Athlete First-Team, Google Cloud Academic All-American, First Team All-Conference
- Becca Hittner – Scholar Athlete First-Team, Google Cloud Academic All-American, First Team All-Conference, Jackie Stiles Conference Player of the Year (second year in a row)
- Maddy Dean – Scholar Athlete Second-Team, All Conference Honorable Mention
- Sammie Bachrodt – Scholar Athlete Honorable Mention, First Team All-Conference, Defensive Player of the Year, All-Defensive Team
Their successes on the court and in the classroom are just the tip of the iceberg for these ladies. They are very kind girls that are down to have a conversation with anyone.
For the 2015-2016 season, I was one of the managers of the team. I was at every practice and game, and even traveled with them, making sure they had anything they needed from water, to towels, to healthy snacks. Even though they knew it was my job, they always said “please” and “thank you”.
I have always said that there isn’t a more deserving group of girls to be this successful. They are the most down to earth and funny girls you will ever meet. Despite knowing their success and being super excited about it, their humility is something everyone should look up to. These girls are very easy to talk to, and it is fun interacting with them on campus.
Congratulations on your success, and I’m super excited for next season!