Calip propels No. 24 Missouri State women past Drake

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)   Brice Calip scored 22 points and handed out eight assists and No. 24 Missouri State held off Drake 89-83 on Sunday.

Calip sank 7 of 11 shots from the floor with a 3-pointer and made 7 of 8 free throws for the Lady Bears (20-3, 10-1 Missouri Valley Conference), who won their sixth straight game. Elle Ruffridge came off the bench to hit three 3-pointers and score 14, while Abby Hipp scored eight of her 10 points in the first half as Missouri State took a 39-31 lead.

Sara Rhine poured in a career-high 31 points for the Bulldogs (16-7, 8-3), who could have grabbed a share of first place with a victory but instead saw their three-game win streak end. Rhine made 13 of 18 shots from the floor, including 3 of 5 from beyond the arc. She added 12 rebounds. Becca Hittner tossed in 23 points, hitting 6 of 10 shots and 9 of 10 free throws with eight rebounds. Maddie Monahan pitched in with 16 points and seven assists.

Missouri State led 19-16 after the first quarter and used a 17-3 run to open the second quarter to increase its advantage. Drake used a 12-3 spurt to close within eight points at halftime.

Missouri State shot just 41% from the floor but made 8 of 20 from beyond the arc (40%). The Lady Bears sank 23 of 32 free throws. Drake shot 49% overall but just 25% from distance (7 of 28). The Bulldogs sank 20 of 25 foul shots.

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