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UNI Women fall to Creighton again, 73-66

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The University of Northern Iowa women's basketball team fell to the Creighton Bluejays Thursday night 73-66. Brittni Donaldson and Jacqui Kalin led the Panthers with 14 and 13 points apiece with Kalin adding five assists.

The Panthers held a 7-4 lead with 15:35 left in the first half with three different players hitting field goals. Brittni Donaldson hit a deep three-pointer to give UNI the lead.

Creighton took the lead with 14:23 left in the half when Carli Tritz hit a three-pointer to make the score 10-7. Hannah Schonhardt hit a big three-pointer to give the Panthers their second lead of the game with 12:33 left on the clock to make the score 13-12 heading into the second media timeout.

Creighton went on a 10-0 run to take a nine point lead, but Donaldson hit her second three-pointer of the game to stop the run and make the score 22-16 with 9:22 on the clock. The Panthers answered with a 9-2 run that burned 2:22 off the clock, capped off by a three-pointer from Brooke Brown making the score 33-30 in Creighton's favor.

The Panthers went into halftime down six points with Brittni Donaldson leading the team with 11 points, making the score 43-37. UNI shot 45 percent from the field in the first half and 54.5 percent from the arc.

UNI cut the Creighton lead to three points with 13:38 left in the second half when Donaldson found Amber Kirschbaum under the basket for a quick lay-up to make the score 48-45. Kirschbaum then put the Panthers within two with 11:17 on the clock with a nice move into the lane to make the score 51-49.

Brown cut the Bluejay lead to two points again with less than seven minutes remaining in the game, but Creighton hit their ninth three-pointer of the game to make the score 61-56 with 5:59 on the clock. Creighton then went on a 9-2 run to extend their lead to 67-58 with less than three minutes to play off a three-pointer from Ally Jensen.

Kalin hit a late lay-up to cut the Creighton lead to five points with less than a minute left in the game to make the score 69-64. The Panthers were unable to make up the difference and eventually fell 73-66.

The Panthers will return to action Saturday when they face-off against Drake at 2:00 p.m. inside the McLeod Center.

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