EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Northern Iowa cranked up the tempo Sunday and raced past Evansville 85-60 in Missouri Valley Conference women’s basketball action.

The Panthers (13-11, 9-4) put up 72 shots from the floor, including 37 from 3-point range and scored 50 points in the first half, including 29 in the second quarter.

UNI matched a season best with 22 assists (nine by Kennedy Kirkpatrick) and had a season-low three turnovers while taking over third place in the MVC standings.

Nicole Kroeger led four Panthers in double-digit scoring with 19 points, including five 3-pointers. Ellie Howell added 17 points, Rose Simon-Ressler chipped in a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Megan Maahs had 10 points.

UNI returns home to Young Arena to square off against league-leading Drake Friday at 7 p.m.

UNI 85, Evansville 60

UNI (13-11, 9-4) — Maahs 5-10 0-0 10, Howell 6-13 3-4 17, Simon-Ressler 3-6 2-2 10, Kirkpatrick 3-10 0-2 7, Morgan 1-3 1-2 3, Rucker 2-5 2-3 7, Kroeger 7-14 0-0 19, Gunnels 0-0 0-0 0, Garrison-Nickerson 0-0 0-0 0, Wheatcraft 1-1 0-0 3, Hillyard 0-2 1-2 1, Hagen 3-5 0-1 6, Gerrits 0-3 2-2 2, Robson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-72 11-18 85.

EVANSVILLE (3-20, 0-12) — Coffman 4-8 1-2 9, Scott 3-6 2-2 8, Gasper 5-14 3-3 16, Miller 2-7 6-8 10, Noe 3-6 0-0 7, Watkins 0-0 0-0 0, Dearing 1-2 0-0 2, Casteel 3-4 0-0 8, Perkins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-47 12-15 60.

Northern Iowa 21 29 17 18 — 85

Evansville 18 12 17 13 — 60

3-point goals — UNI 12-37 (Howell 2-6, Simon-Ressler 2-4, Kirkpatrick 1-7, Morgan 0-2, Rucker 1-2, Kroeger 5-12, Wheatcraft 1-1, Gerrits 0-3), Evansville 6-20 (Gasper 3-8, Miller 0-5, Noe 1-4, Dearing 0-1, Casteel 2-2). Rebounds — UNI 40 (Simon-Ressler 11), Evansville 33 (Scott 6). Assists — UNI 22 (Kirkpatrick 9), Evansville 9 (Gasper 3, Casteel 3). Turnovers — UNI 3 (Howell 1, Kirkpatrick 1, Kroeger 1), Evansville 17 (Gasper 5, Noe 5). Blocks — UNI 1 (Maahs 1), Evansville 2 (Coffman 2). Steals — UNI 11 (Howell 4), Evansville 1 (Miller 1). Total fouls — UNI 17, Evansville 16. Fouled out — none. Att. — 374.

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