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UNI women’s basketball travels to Drake on Sunday to take on the top team in the Missouri Valley

CEDAR FALLS - UNI women's basketball heads to Iowa's capitol city to take on the Bulldogs of Drake. These teams have a historic past with 98 previous meetings.

CEDAR FALLS – UNI women’s basketball heads to Iowa’s capitol city to take on the Bulldogs of Drake. These teams have a historic past with 98 previous meetings. The last time these teams met, Drake took home a 79-71 victory inside the McLeod Center. That matchup Maya McDermott and Grace Boffeli were the lone two Panthers in double-figures with 19 and 17 points respectively.

UNI is coming off a 74-51 victory over Southern Illinois. Kayba Laube led the offense with 23 points with a career-high seven three-pointers. Grace Boffeli tabbed her seventh double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Forward Grace Boffeli recorded 10 rebounds in the game against the Salukis. Her 800 career rebounds leave her in third on UNI’s all-time rebounding list, passing Bre Gunnels (2017- 22). She is now 82 shy of the no. 2 spot which is occupied by Megan Maahs (2016-21) with 882 career rebounds.

Maya McDermott leads both the conference and the nation in free throw percentage. Her 96.7% (59-for-61) from the stripe has seen all 33 free throws go down inside the McLeod Center and all 38 in conference play. She also leads the conference with 3.19 assists per turnover. That mark is the second-best in the nation behind Kiara Jackson of UNLV with 3.27.

As a team, UNI leads the conference with a league-low 12.4 turnovers per game. That mark is the 15th-best in the nation. The Panthers recorded their 504th straight matchup with a three-pointer. In the game against the Salukis, UNI knocked down 10 threes to continue a streak that has been active since December 2008.

As a program, the Panther women’s basketball team is four conference wins away from 500. With the win over the Salukis, UNI women’s basketball secured its 16th straight season at or above .500 in conference play.

Drake is coming off its sixth straight win after a 76-65 victory inside the Knapp Center against Missouri State. In that game, three Bulldogs recorded double figures with grad forward Grace Berg and junior forward Anna Miller finishing with 19 points each and redshirt senior Taylor McAulay with 15 points. Anna Miller recorded 12 rebounds in the matchup for her 11th double-double of the season.

Junior guard Katie Dinnebier continues to lead the Bulldog offense with 18.7 points per game. Berg, Miller, and McAulay are the other three Drake players averaging in double figures with 17.2, 12.6, and 10 points respectively. Miller is close to averaging a double-double this season with 9.5 rebounds per game.

The Bulldogs lead the MVC in multiple categories with just two weeks remaining in the regular season. Those categories include assist/turnover ratio (1.09), assists per game (19.6), blocks per game (4.9), field goal percentage (48.2), free throw percentage (79), rebound margin (7.7), defensive rebounds per game (29), and scoring margin (10.3). The Bulldogs’ 19.6 assists per game is ranked sixth in the nation and their 79% free throw percentage is ranked eighth in the nation. Katie Dinnebier leads Drake’s assists effort with a conference-leading 6.8 assists per game. That mark is fourth-best in the nation.

UNI (11-13 / 10-5 MVC) at Drake (21-5 / 14-1 MVC)

2 p.m. CT | Feb. 25
Knapp Center | Des Moines, Iowa
ESPN+
Panther Sports Radio Network (Chris Kleinhans-Schulz: Play-by-Play)

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