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Panthers go 3-4 over winter break

Sports Writer

Published: Thursday, January 17, 2013

Updated: Thursday, January 17, 2013 15:01

The University of Northern Iowa women’s basketball team finished the holiday break with three wins and four losses.

However, the Panthers (7-9, 2-2 MVC) notched two Missouri Valley Conference victories over Indiana State University and Missouri State University.

Redshirt senior guard Jacqui Kalin acquired a few individual awards during the break, as she was named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week on two separate occasions.

The Panthers began their holiday schedule with an in-state rivalry game against the Iowa State University Cyclones in Cedar Falls. Kalin led the Panthers with 19 points as they fell short, dropping a 67-59 contest to the Cyclones. Redshirt freshman Jen Keitel added 10 points and 12 rebounds for UNI.

In their next game, the Panthers lost a blowout to the University of Minnesota 86-43. However, the team bounced back to defeat St. Louis University 73-64.

Kalin played her best game of the break as she nearly finished with a triple-double against the Billikens. Kalin finished with 25 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.

Keitel, along with sophomore Brittni Donaldson and junior Jess McDowell, ended up with double-digit scoring as they, along with Kalin, combined for 62 of the Panthers’ 73 points.

The Panthers dropped their first conference game to Illinois State University 72-41 as they shot just 16-for-54 from the floor for 29.6 percent. The 41 points scored by UNI was a season low.

UNI won their first conference game against Indiana State as Keitel hit a buzzer beater off of a Kalin miss to give the Panthers the win. Although Keitel did not score until the very end, she finished with a career-high 13 rebounds.

The Panthers followed up the win with a strong performance at home against Missouri State. Kalin’s 25 points and career-high six 3-pointers led UNI to a 75-52 win. Kalin shot 67 percent from behind the 3-point arc as the Panthers knocked down a season high 15 3-pointers. The team shot 45 percent from the field but finished with an impressive 58 percent from behind the arc.

However, UNI’s hot shooting did not continue into their next game against Wichita State University, as they fell 60-57 and shot just 28 percent from behind the 3-point line. Kalin was the only Panther to finish with double-digit scoring, with 22 points to go with her seven rebounds.

The Panthers will attempt to get back in the win column against Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., on Friday at 6 p.m.

 

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