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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Missouri State’s defense dogged Northern Iowa from start to finish Friday as the Bears defeated the Panthers 58-48 in Missouri Valley Conference women’s basketball.

UNI finished with a season-high 31 turnovers and shot just 39 percent in game that it never led.

Points didn’t come easily for Missouri State (18-8 overall, 14-1 MVC), either, as the Panthers held the Bears to 42 percent shooting overall and forced 21 turnovers.

However, Missouri State had an answer every time UNI made a run.

UNI got within 39-34 on an Abby Gerrits jumper with an offensive rebound with 1:36 remaining in the third period, but the Bears stretched it back to a nine-point lead by the end of the quarter.

The Panthers made one more charge in the fourth, closing within 48-44 on Nicole Kroeger’s 3-pointer with 5:53 remaining. It was 50-44 with 4:44 left, but UNI couldn’t get any closer.

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Missouri St. 58, UNI 48

UNI (17-10, 10-5) — Gunnels 0-3 0-0 0, Hagen 3-6 4-4 10, Rucker 3-6 0-0 8, Kroeger 3-4 0-0 7, Morgan 3-7 0-1 8, Iverson 3-5 0-0 7, Wolf 1-4 0-0 3, Hillyard 0-4 0-0 0, Gerrits 2-7 0-0 5. Totals 18-46 4-5 48.

MISSOURI ST. (18-8, 14-1) — Hipp 5-8 1-2 11, Franklin 4-8 2-6 10, Gitzen 5-10 0-0 13, Calip 1-5 1-1 3, Willard 3-11 2-2 8, Ruffridge 1-3 0-0 3, Wilson 0-1 1-2 1, Bhinhar 1-2 0-0 2, Manning 2-5 0-0 5, Gartner 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 23-55 7-13 58.

North. Iowa 9 10 18 11 — 48

Missouri St. 14 13 19 12 — 58

3-point goals — UNI 8-24 (Gunnels 0-2, Rucker 2-3, Kroeger 1-2, Morgan 2-5, Iverson 1-2, Wolf 1-3, Hillyard 0-3, Gerrits 1-4), Missouri St. 5-12 (Gitzen 3-5, Calip 0-1, Ruffridge 1-2, Manning 1-4). Rebounds — UNI 30 (Hagen 10), Missouri St. 32 (Franklin 10). Assists — UNI 6 (Rucker 2), Missouri St. 13 (Franklin 3, Calip 3). Turnovers — UNI 31 (Rucker 9), Missouri St. 21 (Gitzen 4). Blocks — UNI 3 (Hagen 2), Missouri St. 4 (Franklin 3). Steals — UNI 12 (Kroeger 5), Missouri St. 16 (Franklin 6). Total fouls — UNI 15, Missouri St. 12. Fouled out — none. Att. — 3,112.

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