Drake rookie Wendell earns second MVC award

ST. LOUIS – Lizzy Wendell has made the most of her opportunity to start the past five games for the Drake women’s basketball team.

And for the second time this season, Wendell was named Newcomer of the Week in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Wendell averaged 11.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in the Bulldogs’ two games at the Delta Dental Thanksgiving Tournament hosted by Seattle University.

In Drake’s win over Coastal Carolina, Wendell scored 13 points and pulled down six boards in 22 minutes. Against Cornell, she added a career-high five steals to go along with 10 points and five rebounds in a career-best 34 minutes.

The Blue Springs, Mo., native is averaging 10.4 points per game, which ranks second on the team, and is pulling down nearly 5 rebounds per game.

Drake returns to the Knapp Center on Thursday to take on Idaho State. Action is set to begin against the Bengals at 7:05 p.m.