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Panther Women Keep Rolling

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Nicole Clausen tied the school record with seven three-pointers on the way to scoring 25 points and leading the University of Northern Iowa women's basketball team to a 92-76 win over Bradley in Missouri Valley Conference action Saturday afternoon in the McLeod Center. Kim Wypiszynski matched her career high with 24 points, and Indy Uhlenhopp (16 points) and K.K. Armstrong (10 points) also scored in double figures to help the Panthers reach their highest point total since 2001.

            Armstrong, Uhlenhopp and Lizzie Boeck each finished with six rebounds for UNI (6-9, 4-1), and Armstrong added six assists and four steals to help UNI win its third straight game.

            Monica Rogers led the Braves (13-3, 4-1) with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Skye Johnson (16 points), Raisa Taylor (14 points) and Sonya Harris (12 points) also scored in double figures for Bradley. The loss was BU's first in MVC action this season, and it ended a seven-game win streak for the Braves.

           Holding an 18-15 lead in the first half, UNI rattled off 10 points in a 2:30 span to extend its lead to 28-15 with 9:57 to play in the period.  Rogers scored at 8:46 to cut the Panther lead to 31-19, but UNI outscored the Braves 10-2 over the next three minutes to take a 41-21 lead with 5:42 left in the half.

            The Panthers held at least a 14-point lead through the rest of the half and went into the locker room in front, 50-36.

            Bradley scored on its first three possessions of the second half to trim the UNI lead to single digits, 50-42 with 18:15 to play.

            Uhlenhopp scored on a layup on the Panthers' next trip down the floor, and a three-point play from Wypiszynski gave UNI a 55-42 lead.

            Skye Johnson scored to cut the Panther lead to 11, but the Panthers outscored the Braves 10-2 over the next four minutes to take a 65-46 lead with 13:16 on the clock. UNI lead by at least a dozen until a free throw from Raisa Taylor brought the score to 77-66 with 4:17 to play. She missed her second attempt, but Rogers collected the rebound and was fouled as she scored. She made the free throw to complete the three-point play and the four-point possession for Bradley, cutting the BU deficit to 77-69 with 4:12 on the clock.

            Katelin Oney made a pair of free throws to give the Panthers a double-digit lead, 79-69, and Boeck scored off a pass from Armstrong to extend UNI's advantage to 81-69 with 3:24 to play.

            The Braves scored the game's next five points to trim the Panther lead to 81-74 with 2:04 on the clock. Clausen hit a three with 1:35 remaining to put the Panther lead back in double figures, 84-74. That was the start of a 9-0 run by UNI, and the Panthers were 6-of-6 from the free-throw line in the game's final 1:10 to hold off the Braves and hang on for the 92-76 win.

            The Panthers shot 29-of-58 (50 percent) from the floor, including 9-of-21 (42.9 percent) from the three-point line. UNI finished 25-of-32 (78.1 percent) from the free-throw line. The Panthers entered the game averaging  58.1 points per contest, but scored 50 points in the first half after shooting 18-of-31 (58.1 percent) through the first 20 minutes. UNI tallied a season-high 21 assists against a season-low 11 turnovers.

UNI's 92 points were the most scored by the Panthers since Feb. 18, 2001, when UNI beat Missouri State, 99-80. Clausen's seven threes ties the school record held by Molly Kelly (1/20/90) and Nadine Brandt (1/11/98 and 12/4/98) for threes in a game.

            Bradley shot 26-of-59 (44.1 percent) from the floor, including 2-of-9 (22.2 percent) from behind the arc. BU finished 22-of-29 (75.9 percent) from the free-throw line.

            The Panthers return to action on Friday when they play at Creighton.

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