College women's basketball: It's a Panther State; UNI rallies past ISU
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College women's basketball: It's a Panther State; UNI rallies past ISU

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AMES – The University of Northern Iowa women’s basketball team went on a 16-0 run in the fourth quarter as the Panthers stormed past Iowa State Sunday at Hilton Coliseum, 71-63.

The victory completed a season sweep of Iowa and Iowa State as UNI, who beat Iowa, 88-66 on Nov. 17, swept the Hawkeyes and Cyclones for the first time since the 1974-75 season.

Additionally, it gave the Panthers (8-3) their third win over a Power Five Conference foe as they also beat Missouri on Nov. 13.

Sunday, Iowa State (7-3) controlled the early action and led 19-15 after the first quarter. It was 25-19, when sophomore Kam Finley hit back-to-back 3-pointers to tie the game, and UNI led 33-32 when Nicole Kroeger hit a 3-pointer with 2 minutes and 17 seconds left to halftime as the Panthers led at the break, 38-34.

The Cyclones surged into the lead early in the third quarter and led on a buzzer-beater to end the quarter, 49-47. That lead was extended to 55-47 with 8:29 left in the game to cap off a 11-0 Cyclone run.

But UNI had the answer. Kristina Cavey, who had 20 points and 10 rebounds, scored six-straight points, and then Karli Rucker, who led all scorers with 25 points, scored eight-consecutive points.

Rucker scored 14 of her 25 in the fourth quarter.

A Megan Maahs bucket closed out the run as the Panthers went from trailing by eight to leading 63-55 with 2:37 to play.

UNI extended its lead to 10, 67-57, but the Cyclones rallied and pulled to within, 67-63, but that was as close as ISU would get.

The Panthers won several statistical battles as they out-rebounded the Cyclones, 42-36, including 16 offensive rebounds. UNI also forced 21 ISU turnovers and had 11 steals.

The Panther bench out-scored the Cyclone bench, 35-7.

Ashley Joens led ISU with 22 points, while Maggie Espenmiller-McGraw had 12 and Adriana Camber 10.

The victory was UNI’s first in Ames, and the eight non-conference wins are the most in program history. The Panthers return to action on Jan. 3 at in-state rival Drake in a Missouri Valley Conference opener for both teams.

UNI 71, ISU 63

No. Iowa Min. FG-A FT-A Reb. A PF TP

Gunnels 18 0-4 0-0 4 0 4 0

Maahs 18 2-3 0-0 4 0 5 4

Rucker 33 9-18 4-5 3 2 0 25

Kroeger 23 2-5 0-0 2 2 1 5

Simon-Ressler 8 1-2 0-0 0 1 2 2

Wolf 9 0-3 2-2 1 0 3 2

Cavey 27 4-8 10-10 10 3 2 20

Hillyard 24 1-3 0-0 4 1 5 2

Gerrits 17 0-8 0-0 4 1 0 0

Finley 22 4-11 1-1 4 3 1 11

Morgan 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0

Team 6

Totals 200 23-65 17-18 42 13 23 71

Iowa St. Min. FG-A FT-A Reb. A PF TP

Scott 33 1-12 1-2 11 1 2 3

Johnson 39 3-7 2-4 4 3 5 9

Camber 38 3-8 1-2 2 0 0 10

Joens 36 7-16 7-11 13 2 2 22

McGraw 40 5-11 0-0 2 2 3 12

Nezerwa 8 3-3 1-1 2 0 4 7

Washington 5 0-1 0-0 0 2 0 0

Frederick 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0

Team 2

Totals 200 22-58 12-20 36 10 16 63

No. Iowa 15 23 9 24 — 71

Iowa St. 19 15 15 14 — 63

3-point goals – UNI 8-26 (Rucker 3-7, Kroeger 1-2, Cavey 2-5, Gerrits 0-5, Finley 2-7). ISU 7-23 (Scott 0-5, Johnson 1-3, Camber 3-8, Joens 1-1, McGraw 2-6). Turnovers – UNI 15 (Gunnels 5). ISU 21 (Jones 7). Steals – UNI 11 (Gunnels 2, Rucker 2, Cavey 2). ISU 7 (Camber 4).

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