Despite a tough fight, Drake University took down the Illinois State University women’s basketball team 87-82 to sweep the season series in Des Moines, Iowa.

“This is a tough one because we were tied with a little more than a minute left.” ISU head coach Kristen Gillespie said, “We’re right there and closing the gap. I cannot be more proud of the 40 minutes we played and have to give our kids the credit.”

ISU had three players shooting in double-digits. Senior Lexi Wallen kept the lead with 23 points, Mary Crompton with 18 points and Juliunn Redmond with 12.

With a pattern of on-and-off wins, the Redbirds will be looking for revenge this Feb. 27 as they take on Missouri State (22-3, 12-1 MVC). Tipoff starts at 7:30 p.m. at Redbird Arena.

This story will be updated.

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