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Missouri State Women Whips UNI 95-79

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa women's basketball team fell behind early and could never catch up in a 95-79 loss to Missouri State in Missouri Valley Conference action Thursday night in the McLeod Center.

Jacqui Kalin led UNI (13-15, 9-8 MVC) with 20 points, and Kim Wypiszynski finished with 14. Nicole Clausen tallied 11 points for the Panthers. Amber Kirschbaum led UNI with six rebounds.

Casey Garrison led all scorers with 24 points, and Chrisitana Shorter finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

UNI committed eight turnovers through the first 7:30 of action, allowing Missouri State (20-8, 12-5) to build a 21-4 lead with 12:23 left in the first half. The Panthers were 2-of-9 from the floor during that span, while the Lady Bears used 9-of-13 shooting to take their early lead.

The Panthers were able to trim the lead to 11 four times in the first half, including 40-29 with 3:53 to play in the period. MSU outscored the Panthers 11-3 through the rest of the half to take a 51-32 lead into the break.

MSU extended its lead to 20 early in the second half, 55-35. Kalin and Clausen hit threes on consecutive trips to cut the Panther deficit to 14, 55-41 with 17:49 remaining.

The Lady Bears would not let UNI get any closer than that until Wypiszynski made a layup at the 10-minute mark to bring the score to 66-53.

Missouri State was able to keep the Panthers at a distance, however, keeping its lead between 12 and 16 points until Kalin hit a three with

1:42 left to play to bring the score to 85-74. The Lady Bears finished

8-of-8 from the free-throw line in the final 1:31 to secure the victory.

The Panthers shot 27-of-59 (45.8 percent) from the floor, including

8-of-27 (29.6 percent) from behind the arc. UNI finished 17-of-24 (70.8

percent) from the free-throw line.

MSU shot 53.4 percent (31-of-58) from the floor, including a 19-of-30

(63.3 percent) performance in the first half. MSU was 5-of-17 (29.4

percent) from three-point range and 28-of-33 (84.8 percent) from the free-throw line.

The Lady Bears converted UNI's 18 turnovers into 30 points, while UNI turned MSU's 12 turnovers into 12 points. T

The Panthers held a 33-31 rebounding advantage in the game, turning 13 offensive rebounds into nine second-chance points. MSU collected eight offensive boards, resulting in six second-chance points.

UNI returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Wichita State in the regular-season finale for both teams.

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