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Panthers Drop 7th Straight

Despite shooting better than 54 percent from the floor, the University of Northern Iowa women's basketball team could not keep up with No. 21 South Dakota State in an 82-69 loss to the Jackrabbits Monday night in the McLeod Center.

            Junior Kim Wypiszynski and freshman K.K. Armstrong each scored 18 points to lead UNI (2-8), setting a career mark for Wypiszynski. Alexa Mennen led the Panthers with seven rebounds. SDSU (13-1) had four players score in double figures, led by 23 from Maria Boever.

            The teams stayed neck and neck through the first eight minutes, holding four ties and trading leads six times. Wypiszynski put the Panthers in front 17-15 with a basket at 11:17. SDSU rattled off 10 unanswered points over the next three minutes, however, to build a 25-17 lead with 8:17 left in the period. The Jackrabbits were able to build a 10-point lead when Kristin Rotert connected on a pair of free throws that made the score 31-21 at 5:18.

UNI chipped away, and at 3:37 Rachel Madrigal made a layup to pull the Panthers within six, 33-27. The Jackrabbits scored the next six points, however, to build a 39-27 advantage.  They would go on to take a 41-31 lead into the break.

            Boever and Wypiszynski traded baskets out of the break to keep the margin at 10. Rotert hit a three to give SDSU a 13-point lead, but Mennen answered with a three on UNI's next possession to keep the Panthers within 10. The Jackrabbits rattled off six straight points over the next two minutes to take a 52-36 lead with 16:47 to play. SDSU led by as many as 18 points and by at least 13 from that point until Armstrong made a pair of free throws with a minute remaining to make the score 81-69. Ketty Cornemann made a free throw with 40 seconds left to bring the final score to 82-69 in favor of SDSU.

            The Panthers finished shooting 26-of-48 (54.2 percent) from the floor, their highest shooting percentage of the season. UNI's 69 points were the most scored by the Panthers since scored 77 points in the season opener at North Dakota State. UNI finished 3-of-11 (27.3 percent) from three-point range, and 14-of-20 (70 percent) from the free-throw line.

            The Jackrabbits were 28-of-58 (48.3 percent) from the floor, including 7-of-15 (46.7 percent) from long distance. SDSU finished 19-of-26 (73.1 percent) from the free-throw line.

            The Panthers return to action on Friday when they open Missouri Valley Conference play at Missouri State at 7:05 p.m.

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