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OMAHA, Neb. — Northern Iowa couldn’t hold a late lead and eventually fell 89-78 in double overtime to Creighton in women’s basketball Wednesday.

The Panthers looked to be in good shape with 41 seconds to play in regulation, as an Ellie Howell jumper gave them a 67-62 lead.

But the Bluejays came storming back. Following a missed free throw, Audrey Faber, who led all scorers with 29 points, made a jumper just before the fourth-quarter buzzer sounded, tying the game at 68 and forcing overtime.

Howell had a chance to win the game for the Panthers in the closing seconds of the first overtime period, but missed a jumper, sending the game further into extra time.

The second OT was all ‘Jays, who never relinquished control following a Faber 3-pointer on the opening possession.

Howell was one of four Panther players to score in double figures, finishing with a team-best 16 points. Megan Maahs chipped in 15 with 14 rebounds, while Kennedy Kirkpatrick had 11 points and dished out nine assists.

The 1-2 Panthers now travel south for the University of Central Florida Tournament in Orlando. They open play with an 11 a.m. tip against Wyoming on Saturday.

Creighton 89, UNI 78 (2OT)

UNI (1-2) — Howell 6-14 3-4 16, Maahs 5-13 5-6 15, Kirkpatrick 3-8 5-6 11, Morgan 3-8 3-3 10, Hillyard 3-7 0-0 9, Rucker 3-6 0-0 7, Gerrits 2-4 0-0 4, Kroeger 1-1 1-2 4, Simon-Ressler 1-4 0-0 2, Hagen 0-3 0-0 0 Totals 27-69 17-21 78

CREIGHTON (3-1) — Faber 8-19 11-12 29, Agnew 7-11 8-10 26, Lamberty 4-11 2-2 11, Greene 1-4 1-2 3, Mellman 0-1 2-2 2, Rembao 5-7 4-7 14, Carda 1-7 0-0 2, Brown 1-3 0-0 2, Kissinger 0-0 0-0 0 Totals 27-63 28-35 89.

Halftime—Creighton 33-24. 3-point goals—UNI 7-19 (Hillyard 3-7, Morgan 1-3, Rucker 1-2, Howell 1-1, Kroeger 1-1, Maahs 0-2, Kirkpatrick 0-2, Gerrits 0-1), Creighton 7-19 (Agnew 4-5, Faber 2-7, Lamberty 1-2, Carda 0-3, Mellman 0-1, Rembao 0-1). Fouled out—Maas, Rembao. Rebounds—UNI 43 (Maahs 14), Creighton (Agnew 14). Assists—UNI (Kirkpatrick 9, Creighton 19 (Lamberty 9). Total fouls—UNI 24, Creighton 17. A—632.

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