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UNI Women fall to Northern Illinois 71-64

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CEDAR FALLS(KWWL)--In women's college basketball, Northern Illinois uses a big first half to beat Northern Iowa 71-64 in a game played at the West Gym.  The UNI Women (3-3) shot just 24.2 (8-of-33) from the floor in the first half, while the Huskies (5-3) connected on 13-of-22 (59.1 percent) first-half attempts to take a 34-27 lead into the break.

After an NIU free throw gave the Huskies an eight-point advantage, Boeck, Kalin and Katelin Oney scored on consecutive trips to pull the Panthers within two, 35-33. The Huskies put their lead back at four, 39-34, but Boeck hit a three to cut the Panther deficit to one, 39-38 with 16:27 to play.

Freeman answered with a three on NIU's next possession to return the Husky lead to four. Boeck knocked down layups on back-to-back trips to tie the game at 42-42 with 14:38 remaining.

Kalin connected on a pair of free throws to cap a 6-0 UNI run and give the Panthers their first lead of the game, 44-42.

With UNI in front 46-44, Freeman hit a three and a jumper on two straight trips to give the Huskies a three-point edge. Armstrong drained a three on the Panthers' next trip to tie the game, 49-49 with 11:55 to play.

NIU scored the next five points, but Kalin scored on two consecutive trips to cut the Northern Illinois lead to one, 54-53 with 8:26 to play.

A Freeman jumper extended NIU's lead to three, but Boeck hit a three at 6:33 to tie the game for the sixth time, 56-56.

NIU scored four points over the next minute to take a 60-56 lead. Boeck converted a pair of free throws to cut the Panther deficit to two with 5:10 to play.

The Huskies scored the game's next four points, extending their lead to 64-58 with 3:22 remaining.

The Panthers cut the NIU lead to three twice, including when Oney hit a layup to bring the score to 67-64 with a minute on the clock. Kalin collected a defensive rebound, giving UNI the ball with a chance to tie the game with 33 seconds remaining. The Panthers were unable to get off a shot, however, turning over the ball with 14 ticks left on the clock.

Freeman was 4-of-4 from the free-throw line in the game's final 14 seconds to seal the win for NIU.

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