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UNI Women Drop A 58-46 Decision to Northern Illinois

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL)-- The University of Northern Iowa women's basketball team could not overcome its offensive struggles in a 58-46 loss to Northern Illinois Wednesday afternoon in the McLeod Center.

After trailing by two at the half, UNI shot just 4-of-24 (16.7 percent) from the floor in the second period for 17 second-half points. The Panthers shot 0-of-14 from three-point range in the game, the first time since 1999 that UNI has not made a three in a game.

Jacqui Kalin led the Panthers with 13 points. Alexa Mennen finished with

11 points and six rebounds.

Both teams struggled offensively early in the first half, combining for

13 points through the game's first eight minutes of play. The teams traded leads 10 times and found themselves in 11 ties before Northern Illinois (3-4) scored with 18 seconds left in the half to take a 31-29 lead into the break.

In the second half, Kalin and Lizzie Boeck scored on consecutive possessions to take a 33-31 lead with 18 minutes to play, but NIU responded with six straight points to take a 37-33 lead.

The Panthers (2-4) were held without a basket for the next 11 minutes, scoring just five free throws and allowing the Huskies to build a 47-38 lead with 8:40 to play.

A basket from Kalin with 7:16 on the clock cut the NIU lead to 47-40, but the Panthers could not inch any closer after NIU went on a 9-2 run to extend its lead to 56-42 with less than three minutes remaining.

The Panthers finished 11-of-50 (22.0 percent) from the floor, including

0-of-14 from three-point range. UNI finished 24-of-29 (82.8 percent) from the free-throw line.

NIU shot 24-of-66 (36.4 percent) from the floor, including 1-of-7 (14.3

percent) from behind the arc. The Huskies were 9-of-16 (56.3 percent) from the free-throw line.

UNI returns to action on Saturday when it hosts UW-Green Bay at 12:05 p.m. in the McLeod Center.

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