EAST PEORIA, Ill. - University of Northern Iowa junior Kim Wypiszynski's career-high 30 points were not enough to propel the Panthers to victory in a 69-58 loss at Bradley Saturday night at Lorene Ramsey Gym.
Wypizynski shot 12-of-19 from the floor on the way to the Panthers' first 30-point performance since 2007. Indy Uhlenhopp scored 11 points for the Panthers (7-16, 5-7), and Erin Brocka led UNI with seven rebounds. Monica Rogers led Bradley (17-6, 8-4) with 18 points, and Michelle Lund and Jenny Van Kirk added 14 and 11, respectively. Wypiszynski tallied 13 points in the first half, including UNI's first eight points and 11 of the Panthers' first 13. She scored as she was fouled and connected on the free throw at 10:53 to give the Panthers a 13-11 lead. Skye Johnson scored for Bradley to tie the game at 13, but Oney put UNI back in front when she took a Braves turnover the length of the floor for a layup. Bradley's Jenny Van Kirk knotted the game at 15 with a putback, but Erin Brocka scored at 7:55 to give UNI a two-point cushion, 17-15. Michelle Lund and Wypiszynski traded baskets to keep the Panther lead at two, 19-17. At 6:10, Van Kirk hit a three to put the Braves in front, 20-19. Brocka scored on the block for the Panthers, and Indy Uhlenhopp hit a three to give UNI a 24-20 advantage. MacKenzie Westcott cut the Panther lead in half with a basket at 1:18, but Uhlenhopp scored at 1:03 to send UNI into the break in front, 26-22. With the Panthers holding a 30-27 lead, Lund knocked down a three and Sonya Harris took a steal the length of the floor for a layup that put Bradley in front, 32-30. Monica Rogers hit a pair of free throws to extend BU's lead to 34-30, and she took another UNI turnover in for a quick basket that brought the score to 36-30 with 14:50 to play. Wypiszynski ended the BU run with a jumper from the right block, but Lund and Kelly Krumwiede scored on consecutive possessions to stretch the Braves' lead to 40-32. Lizzie Boeck hit a three from the right baseline, and the sophomore connected on a 15-foot jump shot to pull UNI within three, 40-37 at 13:01. Harris returned the Bradley lead to five with a jumper at 12:30. Rogers scored as she was fouled, and she missed the free throw. Bradley came up with the rebound, and Hanna Muegge hit a three from the left wing to cap a five-point possession and give Bradley a 47-37 advantage. Boeck ended the Bradley run with a basket and free throw for the Panthers, bringing the score to 47-40 with 9:41 to play. Bradley scored the next four points to take a 51-40 lead. Wypiszynski scored to cut the Braves' lead to single digits, but Johnson answered for the Braves to keep BU's lead at 11, 53-42 with 6:42 to play. Wypiszynski connected on two free throws at 5:51 to bring Bradley's lead back to nine, but the Braves outscored UNI 6-2 over the next two minutes to extend their lead to 59-46 with 3:48 to play. Lindsey Swanson hit a pair of free throws at 2:10 to make it a 10-point game, 61-51, but BU scored the next five points to take its largest lead of the game, 66-51 with 1:34 remaining. The Panthers were able to pull within 11, but they could not get any closer on the way to the loss. UNI shot 45.1 percent (23of-51) from the floor, including 2-of-8 (25 percent) from three-point range. The Panthers made 10-of-14 (71.4 percent) free-throw attempts. The Braves were 28-of-60 (46.7 percent) from the floor, including 6-of-15 (40 percent) from behind the arc. The Braves were 7-of-9 (77.8 percent) from the free-throw line. UNI committed 24 turnovers, which Bradley turned into 28 points, 20 of them coming off 13 second-half turnovers. UNI turned Bradley's 19 turnovers into 12 points. The teams each collected 32 rebounds and scored 14 second-chance points. The Panthers return to action on Thursday when they host Drake at 7:05 p.m.