MANHATTAN, KAN. — The Kansas State zone defense proved to be just what the doctor ordered for a struggling Northern Iowa offense.

The Panther women’s team hit 16 of their 22 field goals from behind the 3-point line, and withstood a late Wildcat rally in a 72-71 road win Thursday night.

Down 52-51 entering the final period, UNI took the lead for good, when Mikaela Morgan and Karli Rucker hit triples on consecutive possessions.

Up five with 11 seconds to play, the Panthers nearly let the game get away. After scoring five quick points, K-State ended up at the foul line, after Shaelyn Martin made a steal and kicked the ball up to Kayla Goth, who was fouled with one second to play.

But Goth was unable to take advantage of the UNI mistake, missing both free throws to secure the Panthers’ second-straight win over the Wildcats.

Kennedy Kirkpatrick finished with 24 points while Morgan chipped in 18. Kirkpatrick finished 7-of-10 from 3-point range, Morgan was 6-of-9 and each player finished with five assists.

UNI has eight days off before opening Missouri Valley Conference play at home against Loyola on Dec. 29.

UNI 72, Kansas St. 71

UNI (4-7) — Howell 3-11 3-6 11, Maahs 1-4 5-6 7, Rucker 1-2 0-0 3, Simon-Ressler 0-3 0-0 0, Kroeger 0-2 0-0 0, Kirkpatrick 7-11 3-4 24, Morgan 6-9 0-0 18, Hagen 3-4 1-1 7, Hillyard 1-3 0-0 2, Gerrits 0-3 0-0 0 Totals 22-53 16-31 72

KANSAS ST. (8-3) — Goth 9-13 5-8 26, Williams 8-14 5-5 21, Ray 2-2 1-2 5, Page 2-5 0-0 4, Martin 0-3 3-4 3, Middlebrook 3-12 2-2 8, Ranke 1-7 0-0 3, Lakes 0-2 1-2 1, Goodrich 0-3 0-0 0 Totals 25-61 17-23 71.

Halftime—UNI 40-35. 3-point goals—UNI 16-31 (Kirkpatrick 7-10, Morgan 6-9, Howell 2-5, Rucker 1-1, Gerrits 0-3, Kroeger 0-2, Simon-Ressler 0-1), Kansas St. 4-17 (Goth 3-4, Ranke 1-5, Page 0-2, Middlebrook 0-2, Goodrich 0-2, Williams 0-1, Martin 0-1). Fouled out—None. Rebounds—UNI 38 (Howell 8), Kansas St. 31 (Two with 6). Assists—UNI 22 (Morgan and Kirkpatrick 5), Kansas St. 11 (Goth 5). Total fouls—UNI 22, Kansas St. 15. A—3,260.

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