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Former Mohawk Rush helps Drake women reach top 25 national ranking

Cortni Rush

DES MOINES – The Drake University women’s basketball team is ranked No. 25 in this week’s Associated Press women’s college basketball poll.

Drake, which is 20-4 overall and 13-0 in Missouri Valley Conference play this season, is ranked for the first time since Dec. 3, 2001 and the 12th time in program history.

Former Mason City Mohawk Cortni Rush is a senior guard on the team. She averages 11.2 minutes per game and 2.9 points per game. On February 12 against Bradley, she had 6 points on 2-of-3 shooting, 1 steal and 2 rebounds in just 11 minutes of game action. Rush was a four-year letterwinner for Mason City High School who also played at NIACC. She was named third team all-state her senior season as the Mohawks advanced to the semifinals of the Iowa Class 5A Girls High School Basketball state tournament.

The Bulldogs are off to the best-ever start in conference play in MVC history after their wins over Bradley and Illinois State this past weekend. Drake is the first MVC team to be ranked since Wichita State on Feb. 11, 2014.

“It is a tremendous honor and recognition for Drake and the Missouri Valley Conference,” said head coach Jennie Baranczyk. “We have a tough league with some great teams. We are really honored to be in the rankings and we are going to continue to work on getting better and having fun. What is really exciting is after this upcoming weekend on the road, we will come home for our last three games and get to play in front of our fans at the Knapp Center.”

Drake travels to Terre Haute, Ind., to face Indiana State on Friday, Feb. 17 at 6 PM.

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