Kalin’s career day leads Panthers past Bears 82-78
Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013
Updated: Thursday, February 14, 2013 16:02
The University of Northern Iowa women’s basketball team defeated the Missouri State University Bears 82-78 Sunday afternoon in Springfield, Mo.
The Panthers (11-12, 6-5 MVC) were led by redshirt senior Jacqui Kalin who scored a career-high 37 points and became UNI’s all-time leading scorer in the process. Kalin has accumulated 1,868 points during her time at UNI.
After scoring just 47 points in their prior outing against Wichita State University, the Panthers found some scoring support for Kalin in senior forward Amber Kirschbaum and freshman Hannah Schonhardt.
Kirschbaum scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds off the bench while Schonhardt chipped in with 12 points. Kalin added six assists and five rebounds to go along with her career-high scoring output.
Following the first media timeout, the Panthers put together their first scoring run of the game despite having redshirt freshman Jen Keitel out with early foul trouble.
An and-one from Kirschbaum sparked the run along with back-to-back 3-pointers from Kalin and sophomore Brooke Brown. The 10-0 run gave the Panthers a 19-8 lead near the midway point of the first half.
The scoring output continued for both teams as the Panthers took a 42-35 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Panthers went 7-for-20 from 3-point range in the first half to help build the lead.
The Panthers gradually began pulling away from the Bears early in the second half as they built their largest lead of the game at 64-50. However, MSU stayed in the game by slowly chipping away at the UNI lead.
With UNI leading 77-70 with just 36 seconds left in the game, MSU’s Karly Buer hit a 3-pointer for the Bears to tighten the gap. Buer finished with a team-high 18 points.
Following Kalin’s 1-for-2 trip to the free-throw line, the Bears rushed down court and got fouled, which sent Hannah Wilkerson to the line. Wilkerson made both the free throws, bringing the score to 78-75 in favor of the Panthers.
However, that was as close as the Bears got. Kalin made four free throws in the closing seconds to seal a hard fought 82-78 victory. Kalin finished the game 14-for-16 from the free throw line.
The Panthers return to Cedar Falls to take on the Bradley University Braves Saturday at 2 p.m. Saturday’s game marks the start of a three-game home stand for the Panthers as they look to continue their way up the Missouri Valley Conference standings before the MVC Tournament.