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Drake Northern Iowa MVC Tournament

The Drake women's basketball team celebrates winning the 2018 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Sunday in Moline. The top-seeded Bulldogs beat third-seeded Northern Iowa 75-63 won win their 21st straight game. 

MOLINE – Top-seeded Drake trailed No. 3 seed Northern Iowa for only 19 seconds and claimed a 75-63 win in the finals of the Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball tournament Sunday.

The Bulldogs (26-7) won their seventh MVC Tournament championship and second in a row. They will find out their fate in the NCAA Tournament on Monday night at 6 p.m., when ESPN airs the NCAA Women's Basketball Selection Show.

Maddy Dean, the tournament MVP, scored 10 points with five assists and five rebounds. Five Bulldogs ended the game in double figures.

Nicole Miller and Sara Rhine each scored 12 points in the win, while Rhine added a team high seven rebounds. Becca Hittner added nine points and six rebounds.

Northern Iowa (19-13) did not have one single player finish in double figures, while 10 different players scored. Sophomore Megan Maahs had 11 rebounds with eight points.

Drake won its 21st straight game Sunday. The win streak is No. 6 currently in NCAA Division I.


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Todd Hefferman has covered SIU athletics since 2008. A University of Iowa grad, he is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and a Heisman Trophy voter.

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