SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Northern Iowa fought back from an ugly first half, but couldn’t overtake Missouri State Sunday in a 62-52 Missouri Valley Conference women’s basketball defeat.

The Panthers (6-9 overall, 2-2 MVC) shot just 20 percent (5-for-25), had 15 turnovers and scored only 17 points over the first two quarters and trailed 27-15 at halftime.

UNI opened the second half with a 13-2 run to pull within a point, but Missouri State (7-8, 3-1) responded with a 9-0 run to regain control. The Bears scored 24 points off the Panthers’ 22 total turnovers and outscored UNI from the free-throw line 17-4.

Missouri St. 62, UNI 52

NORTHERN IOWA (6-9, 2-2) — Maahs 1-4 1-2 3, Howell 4-11 2-4 12, Simon-Ressler 0-2 0-0 0, Kirkpatrick 0-1 0-0 0, Morgan 3-7 0-0 6, Rucker 2-7 1-1 5, Kroeger 3-11 0-0 8, Wheatcraft 0-0 0-0 0, Hillyard 0-0 0-0 0, Hagen 3-3 0-1 6, Gerrits 4-11 0-0 12. Totals 20-57 4-8 52.

MISSOURI ST. (7-8, 3-1) — Buckley 4-11 5-9 13, Gitzen 3-7 4-6 10, Fruendt 4-12 2-2 10, Calip 1-6 2-4 4, Willard 3-8 3-3 10, Ruffridge 1-1 1-2 4, Polowy 1-2 0-2 3, Hipp 3-6 0-0 6, Schultz 0-0 0-0 0, Ealy 1-3 0-0 2, Gartner 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-56 17-28 62.

3-point goals—UNI 8-26 (Howell 2-5, Simon-Ressler 0-1, Morgan 0-2, Rucker 0-1, Kroeger 2-8, Gerrits 4-9), Missouri St. 3-9 (Fruendt 0-1, Calip 0-1, Willard 1-2, Ruffridge 1-1, Polowy 1-2, Hipp 0-1, Ealy 0-1). Rebounds—UNI 40 (Howell 7, Hagen 7), Missouri St. 39 (Buckley 9). Assists—UNI 12 (Kirkpatrick 6), Missouri St. 9 (Gitzen 3). Turnovers—UNI 22 (Kirkpatrick 4, Rucker 4), Missouri St. 12 (Willard 4). Blocks—UNI 2 (Hillyard 1, Hagen 1), Missouri St. 1 (Hipp 1). Steals—UNI 4 (Kroeger 2, Hagen 2), Missouri St. 12 (Gitzen 5). Total fouls—UNI 26, Missouri St. 13. Fouled out—Rucker. Att.—1,871.

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