Lady Panthers at home on Saturday vs. Illinois Springfield

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Drury Lady Panthers (14-4, 9-3) vs. Illinois Springfield Prairie Stars (10-8, 8-4)
Sat., Jan. 27, 2024 – 1 pm – O’Reilly Family Event Center   
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Lady Panthers host Prairie Stars on Saturday
Drury hosts Illinois Springfield on Saturday in a collision of two teams that have gone a combined 11-2 in January.
The Lady Panthers are 14-4 and 9-3 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Drury has gone 6-1 in January and has not lost since their Jan. 3 setback at Illinois Springfield. Drury is in third place in the GLVC standings and enters Saturday’s game one game behind first place McKendree.
Illinois Springfield is 10-8 and 8-4 in the league. The Prairie Stars are 5-1 in January, with their lone loss of the month coming on Jan. 20 at home to Quincy. Illinois Springfield is coming off an 83-70 win at Southwest Baptist on Thursday.
After Saturday’s game, the Lady Panthers will be idle until Feb. 3, when they travel to Southwest Baptist for a 1 pm game in Bolivar.
Schaaf’s six-game stretch
Drury sophomore Reese Schaaf enters Saturday’s games with a double-double in five of her last six games. In the only game she missed a double-double since Jan. 6, she was just one rebound shy of the feat with 18 points and 9 rebounds on Jan. 20 at Truman State. Schaaf had 26 points and 14 boards on Thursday against Quincy, and is averaging 21.7 points and 12.7 rebounds during her current six-game stretch. Last year’s GLVC Freshman of the Year is averaging a double-double in conference games, averaging 20 points in 10.1 rebounds in 12 league games so far this year.
About Illinois Springfield
After winning just four games last year, Illinois Springfield has already won 10 contests this season and eight in the GLVC under second-year head coach Summer Quesenberry. The Prairie Stars lead the conference in steals, averaging 11.5, and they are second in the league in turnover margin, +3.4 per game.
Jessenia Lawson ranks third in the GLVC in scoring, averaging 17.4 points, and she is 10th in rebounding, pulling down 7.5 per game. Lawson also leads the conference in steals, averaging 2.8 and her teammate, Kayla Rice, is second in the GLVC, averaging 2.2.
Last Meeting
Ill. Springfield 88 Drury 79 (Jan. 3 at UIS)
 — The Prairie Stars outscored Drury 34-14 in the fourth quarter to rally for a win at home
— Jessenia Lawson led Illinois Springfield with 28 points, the most points scored against Drury this season and she added 14 rebounds
— Liz Uhl added 26 points
— Caitlynn Daniels had 18 points and 7 rebounds for the Lady Panthers
— Beth Matas Martin and Reese Schaaf both had 16 points for Drury
All-Time series vs Illinois Springfield
The Prairie Stars got their first win over Drury in program history and broke an 18-game losing streak against the Lady Panthers when they won the earlier meeting this season 88-79 on Jan. 3 in Springfield, Ill. Drury won both games against Illinois Springfield last year, winning 99-74 on Feb. 23 in O’Reilly, and 82-63 on Jan. 14, 2022 at UIS.
Lady Panthers last game
Drury 70 Quincy 66 (Thur., at DU)
— Drury rallied to win after falling behind 20-9 after the first quarter
— DU trailed 35-31 at halftime, and the game was tied at 48-48 going into the fourth quarter
— Reese Schaaf led Drury with 26 points and 14 rebounds
— Caitlynn Daniels added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
— Quincy had 18 offensive rebounds
Martin passes 1,000 career points
Drury guard Beth Matas Martin surpassed 1,000 career points on Jan. 11 in a win at home over Maryville. Matas Martin has 1,078 points in her four-year college career. The graduate student from Spain scored 786 points in two seasons at Quincy, then transferred to Drury and has 292 this season with the Lady Panthers.
Drury: 14-4, 9-3
UIS: 10-8, 8-4
Head Coaches
Drury: Kaci Bailey (1st yr., 14-4 / 3rd yr., 36-40) 
UIS: Samantha Quesenberry (2nd yr., 14-32 / 5th yr., 38-79)  
Drury: Won 6
UIS: Won 1
Last Game
Drury won vs Quincy 70-66 (Thur.)
UIS: won at Southwest Baptist 83-70 (Thur.)
Last Five Games
Drury: 5-0
UIS: 4-1
All-Time Series
Drury 18-1
Last Meeting
UIS 88 Drury 79 (Jan. 3, 2023 at UIS)
Next Game
Lady Panthers at SW Baptist
Sat., Feb. 3 — 1 pm — Bolivar, Mo. 

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