Wendell nabs yet another MVC Newcomer honor

ST. LOUIS – For a league-leading eighth time, Drake freshman Lizzy Wendell has been named Missouri Valley Conference women’s basketball Newcome of the Week, the league office announced Monday.

Wendell averaged 22.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.5 assists in helping Drake go 1-1 in the final week of the regular season.

She scored 28 points and added four rebounds, four steals and two assists in a two-point loss to Indiana State on Thursday and then had 17 points in a win over Illinois State on Saturday.

Wendell, a freshman from Blue Springs, Mo., set a new MVC single-season scoring mark for a Drake freshman as she currently has 468 points. She is just the 10th Valley freshman to score at least 400 points and if she can get to 500 or more points it would be the first time a Bulldog freshman has done so since 1980-81.

Wendell is second on the team and fifth in the conference in scoring at 16.1 points per game.

Fifth-seeded Drake takes on fourth-seeded Evansville at 2:37 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament in St. Charles, Mo.