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Panthers struggle to find balanced scoring, drop 57-47 contest to WSU

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Published: Monday, February 11, 2013

Updated: Monday, February 11, 2013 20:02

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MICHAEL BROWN/Northern Iowan Archives

Amber Kirschbaum (pictured above) and the Panthers struggled to find any offensive rhythm Friday night in Wichita, Kan. WSU beat UNI 57-47.

 

The University of Northern Iowa women’s basketball team tried to hand the Wichita State University Shockers their first Missouri Valley Conference loss Friday night in Wichita, Kan., but ultimately fell 57-47. 

The Panthers struggled to find a second scorer to team up with senior guard Jacqui Kalin. Kalin led UNI with 20 points, but no other Panther reached double figures.

Redshirt freshman Jen Keitel scored the first four points of the game for UNI. However, Keitel’s scoring slowed as she was limited to just four points and one field goal for the rest of the game, finishing with eight points.

Kalin and freshman Hannah Schonhardt helped spark a 9-0 Panther run near the end of the first half, but the Shockers responded with a 6-0 run of their own to give UNI a slight advantage at the break, 23-22.

The Shockers (16-6, 10-0 MVC) continued their run after halftime, jumping out to a 27-23 lead over the Panthers. UNI senior Amber Kirschbaum scored UNI’s first points of the second half on a two-point junper, but the WSU run continued. The Panthers failed to make a bucket over the next four minutes of action and found themselves trailing 35-25 with just under 13 minutes remaining in regulation.

The Shockers never relinquished the lead, expanding the gap to as much as 12 points at 52-40 with 2:11 remaining in the game. WSU sealed the victory with clutch free throws down the stretch, handing the Panthers a 57-47 defeat.

Kalin’s 20-point performance against Wichita State puts her 20 points away from tying Amy Swisher for the all-time leading scorer title at UNI. Kalin has 1,831 points as a Panther.

The Panthers (10-12, 5-5 MVC) squared off against the Missouri State University Bears on Sunday afternoon. For a recap of the game, be sure to check out Friday’s issue of the Northern Iowan

UNI’s next game is Saturday at 2 p.m. when they host the Bradley University Braves.

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