Lady Panthers host Oasis Hotel & Convention Center Thanksgiving Classic

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Nov. 23-24, 2021 — O’Reilly Family Event Center
Oasis Hotel & Convention Center Thanksgiving Classic
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Lady Panthers host Oasis Hotel & Convention Center Thanksgiving Classic
The second-ranked Drury Lady Panthers host the Oasis Hotel & Convention Center Thanksgiving Classic on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Drury will take on Saginaw Valley State at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, then 19th ranked Union on Wednesday at 5:30 pm. Truman State will start the event on Tuesday at 1 pm with their game vs. Union, then will take on Saginaw Valley State at 1 pm on Wednesday.
The Lady Panthers are 6-1 and coming off of a 96-68 win at Emporia State on Saturday. Drury has played just one home game so far in 2021-22, a 65-58 win over Minnesota Duluth last week on Nov. 16.
On Tuesday, the Lady Panthers will see a Saginaw Valley State team they last saw in the second round of the NCAA-II Tournament in 2018 and advanced with a 67-55 win in Ashland, Ohio.
Drury will play their fourth nationally-ranked opponent on Wednesday when they take on Union (Tenn.). The Lady Panthers are 3-0 all-time against the Bulldogs with an 87-79 win in their last encounter on Nov. 25, 2017 at the O’.
About the Cardinals
Saginaw Valley State is 4-1, but they are coming off of a loss at home on Saturday to fellow Great Lakes Valley Conference member Southern Indiana, 65-64.
Kaitlyn Zarycki leads the Cardinals averaging 16 points and 3.2 steals, while Maddie Maloney is putting 15 points per game, and Maddie Barrie averages 13.8. 
Saginaw Valley State went 10-10 last year and returns nearly their entire roster from last year, including the junior Zarycki, who was a First Team All-GLIAC selection last year.
About the Bulldogs
Union is 2-1 and ranked 19th nationally. The Bulldogs’ loss came against 11th ranked Tampa, but they followed that with a 79-75 win over sixth-ranked Central Missouri (a team Drury beat the three, 84-81 on Oct. 31), 79-75 on Saturday.
Jaelencia Williams averages 16.7 and 12 rebounds per game to lead Union. Ashtyn Baker puts up 15 points per game for Union.
The Bulldogs have reached the NCAA-II Tournament six of the last seven years and went to the 2018 Elite Eight. Prior to joining the NCAA, Union won five NAIA-I National Championships between 1998 and 2010.
Up Next
The Great Lakes Valley Conference schedule begins for the Lady Panthers with their next game. Drury will travel to Missouri S&T on Monday, Nov. 29, for a 5:30 pm game in Rolla.
Drury: 6-1 (ranked #2 in NCAA-II)
Saginaw Valley Valley St.: 4-1
Union: 2-1 (ranked #19 in NCAA-II)
Truman St.: 2-2 
Head Coaches
Drury: Amy Eagan (2nd year, 30-2/13th year, 217-145)
Saginaw Valley St.: Jenny Pruett (3rd year, 26-28)
Union: Mark Campbell (23rd year, 660-106)
Truman St.: Theo Dean (3rd year, 39-15)
All-Time Record vs. Opponents
Drury vs. Saginaw Valley St.: 3-0
Drury vs. Union: 3-0
Last Meeting
Drury 67 Saginaw Valley St. 55 (3-11-17, NCAA-II 2nd round)
Drury 87 Union 79 (11-25-17, at DU)
Oasis Hotel & Convention Center Classic Schedule
Tue: Truman St. vs. Union, 1 pm
Tue.: DRURY vs. Saginaw Valley St., 5:30 pm
Wed.: Truman St. vs. Saginaw Valley St., 1 pm
Wed.: DRURY vs. Union, 5:30 pm 
Lady Panthers at Missouri S&T — Nov. 29
5:30 pm — Rolla, Mo. 

This article is provided by Drury University Athletics