Clark passes 3-point mark as Drake outlasts Loyola

CHICAGO – Kyndal Clark broke Drake’s single-season record for 3-pointers and the Bulldog women’s basketball team outlasted Loyola for a 70-64 win Sunday in Missouri Valley Conference action at Gentile Arena.

Clark led four Drake players in double figures with 16 points, and her first of three 3-pointers pushed her past Kiersten Miller’s previous program record of 90 triples from the 1996-97 campaign.

Clark’s last trifecta pulled the Bulldogs out to a four-point lead, and Caitlin Ingle’s jumper made it a six-point lead with 1:20 to go. Drake shot 4-of-5 from the free-throw line from there to close out its first win at Loyola since Jan. 2, 1994.

The game featured nine ties and 14 lead changes as the Bulldogs (14-12, 8-7) pulled into fourth place in the MVC standings.

“One of the things we can learn today is we found a way to win a game,” said Drake coach Jennie Baranczyk. “That’s a hard thing when you are on the road in this conference and in late February. Finding a way and having a gut check.

“When it came down to needing stops and needing scores, we got it done.”

The win is Drake’s sixth in its last seven outings. Loyola (9-17, 5-9) suffered its fifth straight loss.

Troy Hambric led the Ramblers with 23 points and three steals. Bailey Farley hit four 3-pointers en route to 14 points, and Cate Soane added 12 points off the bench.

Lizzy Wendell finished with 15 points and a team-high nine rebounds for Drake. Ashley Bartow added 13 points and Carly Grenfell added 11 off the bench.

The Bulldogs are off a week before hosting in-state rival Northern Iowa on March 2 in a 2:05 p.m. game at the Knapp Center in Des Moines.