Clark, bench propel Drake women to overtime win

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Kyndal Clark’s career night and big-time production from its bench helped push the Drake women’s basketball team to an 89-81 win in overtime against South Dakota on Thursday during the first-ever women’s college basketball game at the Sanford Pentagon.

Clark tied her career-best with 26 points and also had eight rebounds, four assists and four steals in the win, while Emma Donahue, Caitlin Ingle and Ashley Bartow all combined to score 37 of the Bulldogs’ 39 bench points as Drake won its first overtime game since 2009.

Drake (2-2) let a late lead slip away and then rallied from a three-point deficit in overtime to win going away.

Ten of Clark’s 26 came in overtime and she and Ingle, who had four points in overtime, pushed the Bulldogs to the win.

“What I told the team that I was most proud of was how we had different adversity tonight that we all overcame,” Drake coach Jennie Baranczyk said. “Whether it was Kyndal and missed free throws, Lizzy (Wendell) and her foul trouble, Caitlin missing those layups, we got to see them all bounce right back.

“Kyndal hit the free throws in overtime and Caitlin made a couple layups, too. That’s the type of growth that I am so proud of.”

Emma Donahue scored 13 points for Drake, while Ingle and Ashley Bartow each scored 12 and Wendell put in 11 before fouling out. The Bulldogs were 8-of-16 from the 3-point line but made just 19-of-28 from the line. Drake also held a plus-10 advantage on the glass, turned it over 17 times and shot 46 percent from the floor.

The Bulldogs led 40-39 at halftime and outscored the Coyotes 16-8 in the extra session after South Dakota (1-4) rallied to force overtime.

Raeschel Contreras led the Coyotes with 17 points off the bench, while Margaret McCloud had nine points and 12 rebounds off the bench. Four other USD players – Polly Harrington (13), Nicole Seekamp (12), Tia Hermiller (11) and Lisa Loeffler (10) – finished in double figures.

However, the Coyotes hit just 36 percent of their shots from the floor and were just 1-of-14 from 3-point range. They stayed in the game and eventually rallied thanks to 26 makes in 35 attempts at the foul line.

The Bulldogs will face No. 22 Iowa State at the Knapp Center on Sunday. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.

The rivalry game also is the first-ever “Pay It Forward” game. Fans who bring three canned food items to the game will receieve free admission to the team’s Dec. 5 game against Idaho State.