CEDAR FALLS — The University of Northern Iowa women’s basketball team found a couple of home cooking remedies Sunday.
In the midst of a four-game losing streak, all on the road, the Panthers were desperate to start turning things around with a date against No. 25 Iowa Sunday at 2 p.m. inside the McLeod Center.
In a 92-62 win over Wisconsin-Parkside this past Sunday, UNI head coach Tanya Warren saw plenty of things to build upon with the possibility that just being home was most important.
“Home sweet home,” exclaimed Warren as she opened her Monday press conference.
The Panthers’ last game at the McLeod Center was a 57-53 win over Iowa State Nov. 14.
With it being finals week, Warren gave the team Monday and today off, with prep work for the Hawkeyes (10-1) beginning in earnest on Wednesday.
WRESTLING: Bryce Steiert was UNI’s lone champion at Saturday’s UNI Open, winning at 165. Freshman Rudy Yates was second at 133 and junior Logan Ryan was second at 157.
Coming off a grinding Cliff Keen Las Vegas Open, only three of UNI’s regular starters competed in the Open.
“I thought it was a pretty good tournament, a lot of Division I guys,” head coach Doug Schwab said. “Overall the performance as a group ... I said uninspired after and that is how I still feel now.”
Schwab said it was good to see Yates down to 133 for the first time, but the redshirt freshman from Orland Park, Ill., is still a ways from being the best he can be.
“He has to keep things disciplined now and be able to control certain things better to be able to compete at a higher level,” Schwab said.
Ryan, a transfer from Iowa who could become eligible to wrestle for UNI Monday after finals, competed with a sore back.
“He was hurting the whole tournament, but he battled through it, wanted to wrestle and made the finals,” Schwab said. “You have to love that kind of fight and grit.”
UNI hosts North Carolina Monday at 7 p.m.