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CEDAR FALLS -- Valparaiso put together a late charge, but Northern Iowa held on for a 77-70 Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball win Sunday at the McLeod Center.

The Panthers (13-7, 5-4) led 53-43 heading into the fourth quarter when the Crusaders (11-9, 3-6) put together a 22-11 run to get within 70-67 with 2 minutes, 46 seconds to play. Karli Rucker hit a big 3-pointer for UNI to start a 10-3 closing run.

Nicole Kroeger led the Panthers, who remained unbeaten at home, with 18 points, including a 4-for-9 afternoon from 3-point range. Rucker aded 17 points, Kristina Kavey 12 and Abby Gerrits 11.

UNI made 14 of 15 free throws and hit 13 of 30 attempts from 3-point range to offset Valparaiso's 12-for-12 day at the line and 10-for-21 showing from behind the arc. All five starters scored in double figures for the Crusaders.

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