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UNI Women Fall to Indiana State, 60-53
From UNI Athletics Communications
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The University of Northern Iowa women's basketball team fell 60-53 in a close battle against Indiana State in the Missouri Valley Conference opener. The Panthers now have an overall record of 4-8.
Ty Smith led the Panthers with a season-high 15 points, going a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line. Brittni Donaldson and Jen Keitel both added nine points while Hannah Schonhardt finished with eight points and six rebounds.
Indiana State jumped on the board first, knocking down two free throws from Marina Laramie to take a 2-0 lead after the Sycamores missed three straight layups. The free throws sparked a 9-0 run for the Sycamores capped off by a mid-range jumper from Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir to give them the 9-0 lead with 15:31 left in the first half.
Indiana State extended its run to 13-0 before Alyssa Johnson hit the Panthers first field goal of the game at the 13:40 mark in the half to make the score 13-2. Smith then buried a three-pointer with 8:31 on the clock to cut it to a 13 point, 22-9 Indiana State lead after another Sycamore run.
Smith cut the Indiana State lead to 12 points after she put a spin move on the Sycamore defense to grab a layup, making the score 30-18 with 1:21 left in the half. She then knocked down her second three-pointer of the game to put UNI within 11 with 28 seconds left to send Indiana State into halftime with a 32-21 lead.
The Panthers found themselves within nine points at the 17:10 mark in the second half after Schonhardt found Keitel under the basket for an easy layup to make the score 37-28. UNI then went on an 8-0 run to cut the deficit from 13 points to five after Schonhardt hit two free throws and scored six straight points to make the score 45-40 with 7:52 left in the game.
UNI came within three points of the Sycamores when Keitel snuck a pass into the lane for a layup from Stephanie Davison, slicing the Indiana State lead to 52-49 with 4:03 remaining. Indiana State was then able to turn it into a two possession game with UNI unable to make up the deficit, eventually falling 60-53.