2011-12 Women's Basketball Notes Recap
QUICKLY: The Drake Bulldogs finished the 2011-12 season at 18-16, 9-9 MVC and lost in the first round of the WNIT to South Dakota, 53-61 in Vermillion, South Dakota on March 15. Drake won seven of its last eleven games to close the regular season and advanced to the postseason for the first time since the 2007-08 season. The Bulldogs' 18 wins were the most since the 2008-09 season. Drake won three games (Evansville, Illinois State, Wichita State) in three days to advance to the MVC tournament title game before falling to Creighton, 38-53. Senior Rachael Hackbarth (Colgate, Wis.) was the named the 2012 Jackie Stiles Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year for her outstanding season. Hackbarth was named first-team all-MVC and she was named to the MVC all-defensive team and freshman Kyndal Clark (Webb City, Mo.) was named to the MVC all-freshman team.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Hackbarth is the first Drake player to win conference player of the honors since Kiersten Miller won the award in 1998. Other past Drake winners include Wanda Ford (1985, 1986), Jan Jensen (1991), Kristi Kinne (1995) and Tricia Wakely (1996). Drake trails only Missouri State (8) for most player of the year awards in conference history.
HACKBARTH CENTRAL: Hackbarth is now in 10th place on the Drake all-time scoring list as she moved past Tricia Wakley (1992-96) with her 20 points against Illinois State in the conference tournament. She was 21st on the all-time list coming into this season. She finished her career with 1,161 points.
Hackbarth into the Top 10:
10) 1,661 Rachael Hackbarth (2008-2012)
11) 1,605 Tricia Wakely (1992-96)
12) 1,598 Kiersten Miller (1994-98)
MOVING PAST WAKLEY AGAIN: Hackbarth passed Wakely to move into seventh place on the all-time career list for rebounds and she finished her career with 953. Her 401 rebounds this past season is sixth on the all-time single season rebounding list.
MOVING UP THE CHARTS - Part 3: Hackbarth passed Missy Lange (1993-97) against Indiana State in Terre Haute on the all-time blocks leaderboard at Drake to claim fifth-place and she has 107 career blocks.
KYNDALING: Freshman Kyndal Clark was Drake's second-leading scorer and ranks second among Valley freshman with 9.8 points per game. Clark's 35.9 percent clip from beyond the arc was the eleventh-best mark in the league. Clark just missed a chance to become the first Drake freshman to average in double figures since Lindsay Whorton (2004-08) and Brandy Dahir (2004-08) averaged 11.7 and 10.8 points per game, respectively, during the 2004-05 season.
RARE AIR: Rachael Hackbarth led the league in both scoring (18.9) and rebounding (11.8), a feat that had only been accomplished three times before in MVC history. She joins Southern Illinois' Amy Rakers (20.7 ppg, 10.5 rpg in 1989-90) and former Bulldog Wanda Ford (30.6 ppg, 16.9 rpg in 1985-86 and 24.2 ppg, 17.8 rpg in 1984-85) as the only players to accomplish the feat. Hackbarth finished second in field goal percentage at 51.6 percent, narrowly behind Shannon Thomas of Indiana State who finished at 52.2 percent in three less games played. Hackbarth just missed being the second player in MVC history to lead in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage (Amy Rakers, 1989-90).
SCORCHING UP THE VALLEY: Hackbarth led the MVC in scoring at 18.9 points per game, one season after former Bulldog Kristin Turk led the league in scoring at 20.0 ppg. Hackbarth scored in double figures in 33 games this season and finished with eight points against Creighton on Dec. 31, in her only single digit game of the entire season.
TOPS IN THE NATION: Hackbarth led the country in double-doubles this season with 26, four more than Courtney Hurt of VCU.
Double double machine: Hackbarth recorded her 15th consecutive double-double with 10 points and 18 rebounds against Creighton in the regular season finale on March 3 but saw her streak end against Evansville in the first round of the MVC tournament as she came up just short with 15 points and nine rebounds. Her streak of 15 double-doubles is tied for the sixth longest in a single season in NCAA history.
TOP 10 IN THE LEAGUE: Hackbarth ranked tops in the league in scoring, rebounding, and double-doubles. Hackbarth was second in field-goal percentage, fifth in the league in minutes played per contest (34.2), tenth in assists (2.6 per game), 11th in steals (1.5 per game), and tied for ninth in blocks (1.0 per game).
MANY MANY GAMES: Hackbarth played in 125 games in her career and fellow senior captain Amber Wollschalger (Millbank, S.D.) played in 124 games. Jan Krieger (1978-82) is No. 1 in all-time games played at Drake with 134. Hackbarth played 3,382 minutes in her career, which ranks sixth on the all-time Drake list.
MARCHING: The Bulldogs are 36-11 (.770) all-time in regular season March contests, dating back to an 88-64 victory over Western Illinois during the first such game on March 2, 1984. Drake has compiled a 12-5 regular season March record under head coach Amy Stephens and is 18-7 during the month since 2000. The Bulldogs have turned in a sub-.500 regular season March record just three times in 25 years (1987, 1994, 2007).
BOARD UP: Drake led the MVC in rebounding margin this season at +5.7 per game. The mark is currently the 37th best in the Division I. The Bulldogs pulled down a league-best 31.4 defensive rebounds per game.
NO THREE FOR YOU: The Bulldogs held opponents to just 28.9 percent from behind the three-point line this past season. The mark was just behind Wichita State (28.6 percent) and Creighton (28.8 percent) in the MVC.
POW: Hackbarth was named MVC Player of the Week on Feb. 27. The award, was her sixth of the season, and put the senior in elite company in MVC history. Hackbarth became just the second player in Valley history to earn six or more Player of the Week awards in a single season. Former Missouri State great Jackie Stiles (1997-2001) won the award seven times in 2000-01.
CAREER NIGHT: In the win over Bradley on Feb. 24, sophomore Morgan Reid and redshirt freshman Carly Grenfell each scored 16 points to set new career-highs and Clark scored 20 points for her new career high. Clark's high didn't last long as she dropped 21 points on UNI on Sunday, Feb. 26.
Rise And Fire: Drake was on fire during its run in the MVC Tournament as the Bulldogs shot 82-182 from the field, good for a 45.0 percent mark. Drake held all four tournament opponents under 60 this year.
Iron Woman: During the four games of the 2012 State Farm MVC Women's Basketball Tournament, Hackbarth played 158 minutes, with her only break coming against WSU on Saturday and Sunday against Creighton. The MVC POY scored 65 points and grabbed 45 rebounds in the four games of the MVC tournament on her way to all-tournament team honors.
70 IS HARD TO BEAT: When the Bulldogs score more than 70 points they are a very hard team to be stopped as the Bulldogs have a 64-15 ledger when reaching the 70 point mark during head coach Amy Stephens' tenure. Drake was 3-1 this season when reaching the 70 point mark.
MVC IN THE NIT: Drake joined Wichita State, Missouri State and Illinois State in this year's edition of the WNIT from the Missouri Valley Conference. Last year, the MVC saw four teams punch their ticket to the tournament. Illinois State advanced to the semifinals of the tournament only to fall to USC 63-36, while Missouri State saw its WNIT run end at the hands of Arkansas 65-64 in the second round of action. Wichita State and Creighton were defeated by Kansas and Northwestern, respectively, in the initial rounds of play. This marks the third straight campaign the Missouri Valley Conference has had three or more teams in the WNIT. Creighton advanced to the NCAA tournament and Bradley and UNI will play in the WBI giving the Valley, seven postseason teams the most in conference history.
DRAKE VS POSTSEASON TEAMS: Drake faced four teams this season who made the NCAA tournament (Iowa, Iowa State, Creighton, Marist) and had a 2-4 overall record and the Bulldogs faced four WNIT teams (Illinois State, Missouri State, Wichita State, Hofstra) and were 2-7.