first_imgStory Links Scouting Texas A&MThe Aggies are making their 13th-straight NCAA Tournament appearance. This marks the fifth time in seven years that Texas A&M, which is ranked No. 14 in the latest Associated Press Top-25 Poll, has hosted First and Second Round games, and the 10th time in the past 12 seasons that Texas A&M has earned a top 4-seed. The Aggies are led by the 2018 espnW and USA Today Sports Freshman of the Year, Chennedy Carter, who leads Division I freshmen in scoring at 21.9 points per game.Series HistoryThis will be the first-ever meeting between the Aggies and the Bulldogs. It will be the first contest against Southeastern Conference opponent for Drake since Auburn rallied for an 85-80 win at the Tulane Classic in New Orleans, Dec. 21, 2016. Friday’s game versus the Aggies is the 21st all-time for the Bulldogs against an SEC opponent. The last time Drake faced an SEC team in the NCAA Tournament was in the 2007 first round against eventual national champion, Tennessee. Rookies Sports Bar & Grill2180 NW 156th St. | Clive, IA*Once Drake has completed play in the tournament, subsequent parties will not be held.Print Friendly Version Drake Game Notes Drake is 42-0 in the past two seasons in MVC regular season play and tournament action. Before last season, no MVC team had ever gone undefeated in one regular season and now Drake has accomplished the impressive feat twice. The 42-straight conference wins is the third-longest active conference winning streak in the nation behind UConn (116) and Belmont (46). Texas A&M Game Notes Live Stats Bulldog Party Headquarters in College StationDrake Athletics and Drake Alumni Office will host a pregame fan rally at The Corner Bar & Rooftop Grill (401 University Dr., College Station) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Friday before the Bulldogs take on Texas A&M! With its tremendous success during the regular season and tournament, the team nearly swept the MVC Specialty awards as sophomore Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) was named the 2018 Jackie Stiles MVC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year while junior Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) was tabbed the MVC Defensive Player of the Year and redshirt sophomore Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) was selected the MVC Sixth Player of the Year for the second time in her career. Head coach Jennie Baranczyk was chosen the MVC Coach of the Year for the second-straight season. Those three along with redshirt junior Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) earned MVC All-Conference honors. Dean was tabbed the MVC Tournament Most Outstanding Player after averaging 17.0 points per game and shooting 10-of-21 from three-point range in the Bulldogs’ three wins in Moline, Ill. Hittner and Rhine joined Dean on the MVC All-Tournament team. Des Moines Watch PartyRookies Sports Bar & Grill in Clive is the home of all Bulldog postseason watch parties! Grab your friends and family and head to Rookies to cheer the team on as they play in the NCAA Tournament! Drake’s bench has been great this season by outscoring opponents’ benches, 1262-544, including in MVC play by an impressive margin of 782-283. An opponent’s reserves outscored Drake’s just three times this season with it happening just once in the MVC regular season and tournament. Drake’s bench averaged 38.2 ppg overall and 43.2 ppg in the MVC regular season and tournament. Drake won its seventh Missouri Valley Conference Tournament and secured its 12th NCAA Tournament berth with a 75-63 victory over UNI in the MVC Tournament championship game last Sunday. Stay up to date on the latest news and information about the Bulldogs by visiting the Tournament Central page at No. 5 DePaul and No. 12 Oklahoma are the other two teams in the Spokane Region and will play Friday at 11 a.m. CST. The winners of the two Friday games will play Sunday with game time to be announced. The Bulldogs’ second-straight MVC Tournament title capped a second-consecutive season in which the program went undefeated against conference foes and the victory over UNI was the Bulldogs 21st-straight win this season. It is the fifth-time in program history, Drake has swept the MVC regular season and tournament titles (1997, 1998, 2000, 2017, 2018). TicketsTicket sales through the Drake Athletics Ticket Office have now ended. Those needing ONLY Friday’s First Round tickets, must purchase their tickets when arriving at the game at the Reed Arena Box Office. Currently only all-session tickets are available for sale through the Texas A&M Ticket Office. Single-game tickets will be available at walk-up on Friday. The Reed Arena Box Office opens at 8:30 AM. For more information, please contact the Texas A&M Ticket Office 888-992-4443 or visit Photo Gallery COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Drake University women’s basketball team (26-7) is a No. 13 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will play at No. 4 Texas A&M (24-9) Friday, March 16 at Reed Arena. The NCAA First Round game will be broadcast on ESPN2 with Lowell Galindo and Andraya Carter on the call. The game will be broadcast on the radio 1350 ESPN Des Moines, but there will be no live audio via www. or the TunedIn app. Watch ESPN last_img read more