College basketball preview: Drury at Quincy University women

Posted: Feb. 13, 2013 12:01 am Updated: Mar. 6, 2013 1:15 am

Drury (10-11, 4-9) at Quincy women (13-8, 11-2)

5:15 p.m. Thursday, Pepsi Arena

ESPN 1440 AM

Twitter: @btoppmeyer

Scouting the Panthers: Drury was predicted to win the Great Lakes Valley Conference's West Division in the preseason coaches poll, but the Panthers have had a rough go of it. That continued Saturday, when a late technical on Drury guard Marla Munsen aided Maryville in beating Drury 54-53. QU beat Drury 68-62 on Jan. 19.

Bethanie Funderburk, a 5-foot-10 junior guard, leads Drury in scoring (15.3 points per game) and rebounding (six per game). Katie Pritchard, a 5-7 senior guard, is supplying 14.8 points and a team-best 3.4 assists per game. Drury leads the GLVC in free-throw percentage (76.4 percent) and ranks third in rebounding margin per game (plus-5.1).

Shorthanded: The Lady Hawks will once again deal with a shorter bench. QU coach Jeni Garber said Monday night that she doesn't expect freshman backup center Erin Mennemeyer to play this week as she continues to recover from a sprained knee she sustained last Thursday. QU played without Mennemeyer on Saturday, when it beat Rockhurst 45-40. Quincy's starters combined to play 169 minutes of the total 200 minutes in that game. Mennemeyer is expected to return next week.

The series: Drury leads the all-time series 9-8.

-- Blake Toppmeyer

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