A recent report released by the NCAA showed that USC varsity athletes who enrolled from 2002-05 graduated at a rate of 79 percent — the seventh-straight year USC’s percentage has increased in this evaluation.The rate increased from 66 percent in 2007, to 68 in 2008, to 69 in 2009, to 74 in 2010, to 78 in 2011 and now to 79 in 2012, according to the university.The new figures, however, did not bear all good news for USC.According to the new numbers, the football program posted a 57 percent graduation rate over the time period — a four-point drop from last year’s figure. In the Pac-12, USC ranked ninth.For other sports, the picture was a little brighter. Five sports — men’s golf, women’s rowing, men’s tennis, women’s tennis and women’s volleyball — had a 100-percent graduation rate over the time period. Women’s lacrosse and sand volleyball were not evaluated since the NCAA looked at athletes who started college from 2002–05, according to the university.Notre Dame had the highest national graduation rate for freshmen entering the university from 2002 to 2005, with a rate of 97 percent. Rutgers was ranked second with a 91-percent rate and Stanford was ranked third with a 90-percent rate.
DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team is set to host the Loyola Ramblers on Friday evening at the Knapp Center in the program’s annual pink game. The game will broadcast online via ESPN3 with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m. 3,000 special pink t-shirts will be handed out to fans and pregame actives will take place for fans on the Knapp Center concourses. Drake enters Friday with a 17-8 overall record and a 10-4 ledger in the Missouri Valley Conference as it looks to snap a two-game losing streak. The Ramblers hold a 13-13 overall record and a 9-6 record in MVC games. The Bulldogs rallied from a 13-point deficit in the first matchup between the two teams on Jan. 31 in Chicago. Junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) scored a game-high 25 points, including putting eight points on the scoreboard in a game-turning 15-2 scoring run to end the second quarter, as Drake won by a final score of 81-65. Wendell and her teammates will look to bounce back from two sub-par shooting performances during its current losing streak. Drake, the MVC’s top scoring team at 79.9 points per game and shooting team at 46.7 percent from the floor, has averaged just 63.5 points in the two losses while shooting just 36.8 percent from the floor and making six total three-pointers. Wendell continues to lead the Valley in scoring at 20.3 points per game with freshman Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) and sophomore Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) also in the league’s top-15 leaders at 12.8 and 12.6 ppg, respectively. Also averaging double figures is junior Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) at 10.2 ppg as the Bulldogs are the only MVC team to have four players averaging double-digits. Loyola is led in scoring by junior Taylor Manuel at 15.5 a game with Taylor Johnson (15.5) and Nieka Wheeler (11.1) next. Five of the top seven league leaders in field goal percentage will be on the floor Friday night with league-leader Rhine (62.2) followed by Manuel (57.6), Wheeler (54.6) and Ingle (50.5). Wendell rounds out the group in seventh with a 46.7 clip. Following Friday’s game, Drake hosts Bradley in its final regular season home contest. Prior to the 2 p.m. game, Drake athletics will host a free youth sports clinic at noon in the Shivers Basketball Practice Facility. Following the conclusion of Sunday’s matinee, senior Emma Donahue (Naperville, Ill.) will be honored for Senior Day.Print Friendly Version