MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Gabi Haack hit six 3-pointers and scored 22 capabilities to guide Bradley to its first NCAA Match with a 78-70 win over short-handed Drake in the championship game of the reconfigured Missouri Valley Convention Match on Sunday.
Haack had a pair of three-pointers in a 14-2 dawdle in the fourth quarter that gave the fifth-seeded Braves a 76-66 lead with 2: 37 to play. Drake, the 2d seed, changed into once 2 for 6 with four turnovers in the ideal seven minutes.
Bradley changed into once scheduled to play league champion and 17th-ranked Missouri Tell in the semifinals on Saturday nonetheless the Bears, doubtlessly an NCAA Match lock with a 21-2 document, pulled out over a constructive COVID-19 take a look at in the Bradley party. The game changed into once deemed no contest and the event changed into once reseeded, as determined before the event, with the Braves playing — and beating — sixth-seeded Loyola Chicago on Saturday evening while 2d-seeded Drake obtained a bye into the finals.
The start of the semifinal game and as a result the championship game were pushed back a couple hours.
Drake handiest had eight gamers for the championship and assistant coach Markisha Wright handled the team because four gamers and three coaches, including Jennie Baranczyk skipped over the sport ensuing from CVOID protocols.
Lasha Petree and Emily Marsh both scored 12 capabilities for Bradley (17-11), which changed into once in its first MVC event championship. Mahri Petree added 11 and Nyjah White 10 off the bench.
Grace Berg scored 23 capabilities and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs (16-11), who possess played in 12 NCAA Tournaments, including the ideal three that were played. Maggie Bair had 14 capabilities and 10 rebounds and Monica Burich and Sarah Beth Gueldner both added 11 capabilities.
Bradley done 12 of 26 from 3-point vary while Drake changed into once fair 4 of 19.
Bradley went 8 of 17 from 3-point vary to simply 2 of 10 for the Bulldogs and the Braves led 40-37 at the half.
Five of the 3s, three by Hack on consecutive possessions dull in the first quarter, helped the Braves lead 23-18. The lead reached 13 on a Marsh 3 midway throughout the 2d quarter stretch the lead to 13 nonetheless Drake closed on a 12-2 dawdle.
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