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Hawkeye Women Whip UNI 72-46

The University of Northern Iowa women's basketball team dropped a 72-46 contest at in-state rival Iowa Thursday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Kim Wypiszynski led the Panthers with a career-high 14 points and eight rebounds. Lizzie Boeck finished with 10 points and seven boards for UNI (2-6).

Megan Skouby led all scorers with 20 points, and Kristi Smith added 16.

Kachine Alexander led Iowa (6-4) with 12 rebounds.

Iowa built an early 10-4 lead. Kim Wypiszynski knocked down a three as the shot clock expired, and Nicole Clausen knocked down a jumper at the free-throw line to pull the Panthers within one, 10-9. Iowa's Kristi Smith and UNI's K.K. Armstrong traded baskets to keep it at a one-point game, but the Hawkeyes rattled off nine straight points to build a 21-11 lead with 5:55 on the clock.

Lizzie Boeck ended the Iowa run with a basket plus a free throw at 5:41.

Indy Uhlenhopp rebounded her own miss, and the putback made it a 21-16 game.

The Hawkeyes scored the next seven points in the game to build a 28-16 lead with 50 seconds left in the clock. Clausen scored on a short jumper for the Panthers, but Skouby scored with 12 seconds left in the period to send UNI into the break trailing 30-18.

The Panthers grabbed 13 offensive rebounds through the first 20 minutes, converting them into 12 second-chance points. Conversely, UNI allowed just four offensive boards on the other end, holding the Hawkeyes to four second-chance points through the first half.

Iowa extended its lead to 35-19 early in the second half. Boeck knocked down a baseline jumper and Clausen connected on a deep three to bring the score to 35-24 with 16:18 to play.

The Hawkeye lead stayed between 11 and 13 points until Erin Brocka connected on a pair of free throws to make the score 39-30 with 12:26 on the clock.

Skouby put the Iowa lead back to double digits with a jumper on Iowa's next possession, but Boeck rebounded her own miss and scored to bring the score to 41-32.

The Hawkeyes scored the next five points, and they held at least a 12-point lead the rest of the way.

The Panthers shot 15-of-61 (24.6 percent) from the floor, including

2-of-12 (16.7 percent) from behind the arc. UNI finished 14-of-25 (56

percent) from the free-throw line.

Iowa shot 21-of-55 (38.2 percent) from the floor, including 3-of-10 (30

percent) from three-point range. The Hawkeyes made 27-of-30 (90 percent) free-throw attempts.

The Panthers return to action on Sunday when they play at Colorado State at 1 p.m.

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