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Panther women go to 3-1 in MVC

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - UNI sophomore Lizzie Boeck scored 16 first-half points and went on to match her career high of 22 to help the University of Northern Iowa women's basketball team top Southern Illinois 54-41 in Missouri Valley Conference action Sunday afternoon in the McLeod Center.

            Boeck was 10-of-13 from the floor and 2-of-2 from the free-throw line to lead UNI (5-9, 3-1) in scoring. Kim Wypiszynski finished with nine points and six rebounds, and K.K. Armstrong tallied eight points, four rebounds and six assists in the Panther victory.

            SIU (4-8, 0-3) was led by Jasmine Gibson, who scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds. Adrianne Griffith finished with nine points for the Salukis.

            The Panthers took an early 8-2 lead, but SIU scored six straight points to tie the game at eight. Boeck scored on the block to return the lead to UNI, 10-8 with 15 minutes left in the half.

SIU got one free throw from Alex Hart and a pair from Jasmine Gibson to take its first lead of the game, 11-10 at 14:14.

            The Panthers responded with four quick points, but the Salukis tacked on the game's next five points to reclaim the lead, 16-14 on a three from Hart at 9:27.

            Boeck scored the game's next four points, and Nicole Clausen hit a three from the right wing to put the Panthers in front 21-16. Beock scored off a pass from Indy Uhlenhopp, and Wypiszynski made one of two free throws to cap a 10-0 UNI run that put the Panthers in front, 24-16 at 3:59.

            Karlee Meyers ended a seven-minute scoring drought for the Salukis when she hit a bucket and a free throw at 1:43 that trimmed UNI's lead to 24-19.

            Boeck and Meyers traded baskets to keep the difference at five, and Boeck put UNI back up by seven with a pair of free throws with 45 seconds left. She scored on a layup with five seconds left to give UNI a nine-point lead. A long three at the buzzer by Erika Smith fell, sending the teams into the half with UNI in front, 30-24.

            UNI scored the first four points of the second half to take a double-digit lead for the first time in the game, 34-24 at 17:12. The UNI lead stayed between eight and 10 points until Uhlenhopp scored off an assist by Erin Brocka at 13:55 to put the Panthers up 40-28.

            The Panthers held at least a 10-point lead for the next six minutes, and with 7:07 to play, Clausen hit a jumper that put UNI in front, 46-33.

            SIU cut the Panther lead to nine when Adrianne Griffith hit a three at 2:33. A pair of free throws from Katelin Oney and a pair from K.K. Armstrong returned the 13-point advantage to UNI, 52-39. Griffith made a layup with 1:15 on the clock, but Armstrong made another set of free throws to bring the final to 54-41 in favor of the Panthers.

            The Panthers shot 21-of-43 (48.8 percent) from the floor in the game, including 1-of-6 (16.7 percent) from three-point range. UNI finished 11-of-12 (91.7 percent) from the free-throw line.

            SIU shot 16-of-46 (34.8 percent) from the floor, and the Salukis hit three of eight (37.5 percent) three-point attempts. SIU was 6-of-14 (42.9 percent) from the free-throw line.

            The Panthers held a 34-23 rebounding advantage, and UNI outscored SIU in the paint, 28-18. The Panthers set season marks for fewest points allowed in a game and in a half, giving up just 17 in the second period. SIU's 41 points were the fewest scored by SIU this season, marking the second time in as many games that the Panthers have held their opponents to a season low in scoring. On Friday, UNI held Evansville to a season-low 43 points.

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

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