Dominant second quarter lifts Drake women past South Dakota

VERMILLION, S.D. – The Drake women’s basketball team routed South Dakota 83-54 Tuesday night on the road. The Bulldogs (5-2) have scored at least 80 points in all seven games this season.

Drake outscored South Dakota 28-5 in the second quarter to take a 44-19 halftime lead.

Megan Meyer led all scorers with 16 points. Katie Dinnebier had a game-high six assists.

Maggie Bair added 14 points and was just one rebound away from her 10th career double-double. Grace Berg added 12 points while Dinnebier chipped in with 11.

The Drake defense held South Dakota to just 28.4% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs outscored USD 21-4 in transition and 60-22 in the paint.

“Offensively we were sparked by our ability to score in the paint and limit their opportunities by boxing out and rebounding,” coach Allison Pohlman said. “I have to give our team a lot of credit. We made 30 layups and got over 50 layups (attempts) for the game."

Drake visits Creighton on Saturday.

The Drake sports information department contributed this report.

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