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Wypiszynski Pours In 24 in UNI Win Over Evansville

Junior forward Kim Wypiszynski notched her second double-double of the season with 24 points and 14 rebounds to help UNI top Evansville 62-43 in Missouri Valley Conference action Friday night in the McLeod Center.

Wypiszynski was 9-of-13 from the floor and 6-of-8 from the free-throw line as she set career marks for both points and rebounds in the game.

Nicole Clausen finished with 13 points, and Lizzie Boeck scored 11 points for UNI (4-9, 2-1). Rachel Madrigal scored eight points and collected seven rebounds.

Amy Gallagher led Evansville (8-5, 1-1) with 18 points, and Ashley Austin added 10.

Wypiszynski scored the Panthers' first six points, and Nicole Clausen hit a three from the top of the key to give UNI a 9-6 lead. Lizzie Boeck scored on a putback as she was fouled, and the free throw put the Panthers in front, 12-6 at 15:11

Neither team scored again until Ashley Austin broke a more than four-minute drought with a layup off a steal to make the score 12-8 in favor of UNI with 10:34 left in the half.

Wypiszynski converted a three-point play to give UNI a 15-8 advantage.

Chelsea Falkenstein and Clausen traded baskets, and Amy Gallgher scored for the Aces to bring the score to 17-12. Indy Uhlenhopp hit a three from the right wing at 6:28 to extend the UNI lead to 20-12.

Trailing 22-14, the Aces made jumpers as the shot clock expired on consecutive possessions to narrow the gap to 22-18 with 2:30 on the clock.

Clausen put UNI back in front by six with a pair of free throws. Boeck drove the baseline and scored with less than a minute remaining, and Wypiszynski made a pair of free throws with 31 seconds left in the half to give UNI a 28-18 lead.

Austin scored for the Aces with three seconds on the clock to send the teams into the break with UNI leading, 28-20.

Wypiszynski scored on the Panthers' first possession of the second half to stretch the Panther lead back to double digits, 30-20. Rachel Madrigal made a free throw, and Wypiszynski scored on a putback to give the Panthers a 33-20 advantage.

The Aces scored the next six points of the game to trim the Panther lead to 33-26, but Madrigal rebounded her own miss and scored on a putback to end the UE run. Boeck scored on the block for the Panthers to bring the score to 37-26 with 15:12 to play.

Gallagher pulled the Aces to within nine with a mid-range jumper at 13:39, but the Panthers held UE to just one free throw over the next six minutes to go on a 14-1 run and build a 51-29 lead with just 7:21 left to play.

Robyn Jennings made a pair of free throws to cut the UNI lead to 20, but Clausen hit her second three of the game to give the Panthers their biggest lead of the game, 54-31 with 6:57 on the clock.

The Aces scored the next seven points to pull with 16, but that was as close as they were able to get on the way to the 62-43 Panther victory.

The Panthers shot 21-of-48 (43.8 percent) from the floor, including

4-of-15 (26.7 percent) from three-point range. UNI finished 16-of-23

(69.6 percent) from the free-throw line. Evansville shot a season-low 22 percent (13-of-59) from the floor, and UE was 0-of-14 from behind the arc. The Purple Aces shot 17-of-23 (73.9 percent) from the free-throw line. Evansville was held to nearly 23 points fewer than its season average of 65.9 entering per game, and its 43 points were the fewest this season.

The Panthers held a 50-31 advantage on the boards, and UNI turned 15 offensive rebounds into 17 second-chance points.

The Panthers return to action on Sunday when they host Southern Illinois at 3:05 p.m. in the McLeod Center.

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