Hittner Scores 37 Points In Loss To Missouri State

first_img Full Schedule Roster Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines ESPN3 Box Score (HTML) DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team dropped a hard-fought contest to Missouri State, 85-79, Friday night at the Knapp Center. The loss was the Bulldogs’ first Missouri Valley Conference loss of the season and snapped the Bulldogs’ 47-game conference winning streak that began more than two years ago.Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) had a career night despite the loss with a career-high 37 points on 12-of-23 shooting. She also added eight rebounds, three assists and a pair of blocks. Her previous best of 32 came in December’s home matchup with No. 15 Iowa.Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.)  added 16 points and a team-high 10 rebounds to notch her eighth double-double of the season. Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.) added six rebounds and a team-best six assists for Drake (15-5, 7-1 MVC).Missouri State (12-7, 8-0 MVC) moved into first place in the MVC standings behind 21 points and 10 rebounds from Danielle Gitzen and 15 points off the bench by Dariauna Lewis.Drake came out firing in the second half, hitting six of its first seven shots to take an eight-point lead. Drake stretched the lead to as many as 10 points in the first four minutes of the quarter until a 9-2 MSU run trimmed the advantage to just three points, 50-47, with four minutes left in the quarter.However, Rhine and Hittner took over the remainder of the third quarter as the pair scored all of Drake’s final 10 points of the quarter to give the team a 63-53 lead going into the fourth quarter. Rhine and Hittner ended up combining for 24 of the Bulldogs’ 30 third-quarter points. The Bears answered again and scored eight-straight points to start the fourth quarter before eventually taking their third lead of the game less than three minutes into the quarter. The Bears would not relinquish that lead, but with 4:48 left to play, Hittner converted an and-one to make it a one-possession game. However, Missouri State rattled off six-straight points to build a buffer before Drake made one final push to claw back within three points with less than a minute remaining. The Bears made seven of their first eight free throws in the final minute to thwart any hopes of a Drake comeback and earn the rare win in the Knapp Center.Drake is back in action Sunday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. against Southern Illinois in the Knapp Center. Photos Box Score (PDF) Watch Live Story Links Next Game: SIU 2/3/2019 – 2 p.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img