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UNI Women Whip Bradley 90-70 in MVC Tournament

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The University of Northern Iowa women's basketball team rallied from an early 10-point deficit to claim a 70-50 win over Bradley in the quarterfinal of the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Friday afternoon in Family Arena.

            Lizzie Boeck led UNI with 19 points and six rebounds, and Katelin Oney finished with nine points for the Panthers (15-15). Nicole Clausen finished 3-of-5 from three-point range to finish with nine points and 202 career threes, tying the UNI record for threes in a career. Jacqui Kalin finished with eight points and nine rebounds for the Panthers.

            The win advances UNI to the semifinal for the first time since 2006.

            Raisa Taylor led Bradley (16-13) with 12 points, and Kate Yohn finished with 10.

            Both teams got off to a slow start, each team tallying just one basket through the first four minutes of play. Bradley rattled off 10 straight points to build a 12-2 lead with 13:41 left in the half.

            The Panthers chipped away at the BU lead, and Lizzie Boeck scored five points in a span on 23 seconds to cut the UNI deficit to 18-17 with 6:34 on the clock. Sonya Harris scored for the Braves, but Katelin Oney knocked down a three from the top of the key to tie the game, 20-20.

            Lizzie Boeck converted a three-point play at 4:19 to give the Panthers their first lead of the game, 23-20. Katie Yohn answered with a three-point play to tie the game for the third time, 23-23.

            Kalin hit a pair of free throws, and Amber Kirschbaum hit a short jumper to give UNI a four-point edge. Leah Kassing made a free throw for the Braves, but Boeck hit two jumpers in the final minute to send UNI into the break in front 31-24.

            Bradley scored first in the second half, but the Panthers scored five straight points to extend their lead to 36-26 with 18:20 remaining.

            BU scored the next four points to cut the UNI advantage to 36-30. Nicole Clausen hit a three with 14:14 left to end a four-minute scoring drought for UNI and extend the Panther lead to 39-30. Kirschbaum and Boeck hit jumpers in the paint, Kalin hit a three and Rachel Madrigal scored on a layup to cap a 12-0 Panther run that put UNI in front 48-30 with 9:36 to play.

            Bradley scored the game's next nine points to cut the Panther lead to single digits, 48-39 with 7:40 remaining.

            Erin Brocka connected on a pair of free throws to end the BU run, but Latasha Hollingshed converted a three-point play to pull the Braves within eight, 50-42 with 5:28 on the clock.

            Clausen hit a three to extend UNI's lead to 11, 53-42. Taylor made it a 10-point game with a free throw at 4:38, but Oney made a free throw and Kim Wypiszynski hit a pair to stretch the UNI lead to 56-43 with 4:09 on the clock.

            The Panthers led by at least 11 points and by as many as 22 on the way to the win.

            UNI shot 24-of-61 (39.3 percent) from the floor, including 9-of-22 (40.9 percent) from three-point range. The Panthers were 13-of-18 (72.2 percent) from the free-throw line.

            Bradley finished 18-of-55 (32.7 percent) from the floor, including 2-of-9 (22.2 percent) from behind the arc. The Braves were 12-of-24 (50 percent) from the free-throw line.

            The Panthers return to action on Saturday when they will face top-seeded Illinois State in the semifinal at 5 p.m.

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