Calip propels No. 24 Missouri State women past Drake 89-83

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)Brice Calip scored 23 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 8 of 10 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 in the conference standings 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 11 from the field and 9 of 10 free throws while grabbing 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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