24 Dec

Wendell Eclipses 2,000 Career Points

first_imgWendell: “We’ve definitely learned some lessons early on this season and we’re hoping we can just take those, turn it and get better each day. We want to build through the rest of this season and be playing our best in February and March. Hopefully in late March when we get to the MVC Tournament, we can win it and get to the NCAA Tournament.”   How does it feel to have scored over 2,000 points in your career? The Drake women’s basketball team returns to the Knapp Center floor on Sunday for a matchup with Iowa in a game presented by Collins Community Credit Union. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. and can be seen on Mediacom MC22 or heard on 1350 ESPN Des Moines. Senior forward Lizzy Wendell became just the fourth player in Drake women’s basketball history to eclipse the career 2,000-point mark in the Bulldogs’ recent win at Nebraska. Wendell, the Missouri Valley Conference Preseason Player of the Year, leads the MVC and ranks eighth in the nation in scoring at 22.0 points per game this season. She has led the MVC in scoring in each of previous two seasons. Wendell: “It’s pretty cool. I’m just blessed to have the opportunity to do it and to do it here. I couldn’t do it without Caitlin (Ingle) and it’s been really fun to be able to play with her all four years, building that chemistry with her and being able to find each other on the court. She knows where to find me and when to find me so that’s really cool.” Who do you most attribute your success to? Has getting to 2,000 points been on your mind at all, knowing that such major milestone was attainable early on in the season?center_img Now that you have eclipsed 2,000, where do you see your team going from here—how do you get from where are you now to where you want to be at the end of the season? As the Bulldogs prepare for a much anticipated non-conference matchup with in-state rival Iowa on Sunday at the Knapp Center, www.GoDrakeBulldogs.com caught up with Drake’s senior leader to get her thoughts on surpassing 2,000 career points and more. Wendell: “Definitely (head coach) Jennie (Baranczyk) and the coaching staff here. Their style of play and the trust they give us has allowed me to be able to do this. Like I said before though, definitely Caitlin too. I wouldn’t have been able to do this without playing with her for the past three and a half years.”  Print Friendly Version Wendell: “I hadn’t really thought about it until the last few games when there had been stuff written about it, but I’m glad I’m past it now. I didn’t focus on it by any means but knew it was coming regardless. I’ve just tried to be ready for each game, know who we’re playing and to be ready for them.”last_img read more