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SW Iowa Night at Drake this weekend

Tickets are still available for this weekend’s Southwest Iowa Night at Drake.

Southwest Iowa Night at Drake is Saturday and is sponsored by Creston News Advertiser, Creston Automotive, Stalker Chevrolet, Iowa State Savings Bank and First National Bank.

This marks the third straight year the event has been held at Drake University in Des Moines.

Tickets to the event are $15 and include admission to both the Drake women’s and men’s basketball games, plus a coupon that includes a hot dog, 16 ounce drink, small popcorn and small candy. Tickets are available at Creston News Advertiser, 503 W. Adams St., and Mount Ayr Community High School.

The Drake women’s basketball team kicks off the day at 2 p.m. Saturday with a game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Drake men follow at 5 p.m. against University of Nebraska Omaha.

Also performing throughout the day’s events at the Knapp Center on Drake University’s campus are the Creston Peppers, Southwestern Community College Dazzlers, Mount Ayr Sparks and students from Mayflower Christian School will perform the national anthem.

The Drake University athletic department is offering holiday photos with Griff, Drake’s live bulldog mascot, prior to the games.

The Drake women enter play today with a record of 4-4 for the season and host Iowa Wesleyan tonight. The Bulldogs are fresh off a 108-100 loss in four overtimes Sunday against former Missouri Valley Conference rival Creighton.

It marked just the second time in program history the Drake women played in a four overtime game. Sara Rine led five Bulldog players in double figures with 25 points.

Rine leads the team in scoring at 18.1 points per game, as the Bulldog women average 83.1 points per game.

The Drake men are 4-3 for the season going into Wednesday’s road game at South Dakota. The Bulldogs lost 96-89 at Wyoming in double overtime Saturday.

Reed Timmer led four Bulldogs in double figures with 28 points in the loss. Timmer averages 22.6 points per game for the season, while shooting 57 percent on 3-point attempts. He tops the Missouri Valley conference in scoring and ranks second in the conference in free throw percentage, 3-point percentage and 3-point field goals made.

The Drake basketball teams play their home games at the Knapp Center, located at 2601 Forest Ave. in Des Moines.

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