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Panther women fall in overtime

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa women's basketball team took a lead with less than 17 seconds to play but could not hold on in a 67-59 overtime loss to Creighton Saturday afternoon in the McLeod Center.

            With UNI (8-17, 6-8) trailing by one, Lizzie Boeck hit a three from the top of the key to give UNI a 56-54 advantage. Chevelle Herring scored on a layup for Creighton (17-9, 12-3) with seven seconds to go, however, tying the game at 56. The Panthers got the final shot, but Kim Wypiszynski's attempt was blocked by Megan Neuvirth to send the game into overtime. Creighton scored the first four points of the extra period, and the Panthers were never able to cut their deficit to less than two from that point.

            Indy Uhlenhopp led UNI with 12 points, and Nicole Clausen added 10. Alexa Mennen led the Panthers with six rebounds.

            Herring led all scorers with 23 points, and Neuvirth finished with a double-double, scoring 22 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

Creighton took a 20-11 lead on a layup by Megan Neuvirth at 10:51. Neither team scored for nearly three minutes, and Indy Uhlenhopp ended the drought with a pair of free throws at 8:02. She made a layup at 7:12 that cut CU's lead to five, 20-15.

            Wypiszysnski made a layup with 5:55 on the clock, and on UNI's next possession she hit a pair of free throws to pull the Panthers within one, 20-19. At 4:51 she hit a jumper in the paint to give UNI its first lead of the game, 21-20.

            Lindsey Swanson scored on a layup off an assist from Uhlenhopp to cap a 12-0 run by UNI that gave the Panthers a 23-20 lead with 3:26 on the clock.

            Chevelle Herring made a pair of free throws to cut UNI's lead to one, and Kristina Voss tied the game with a free throw at 2:24.

            Lizzie Boeck put UNI back in front with a jumper at 1:16, and Alexa Mennen followed a free throw from Voss with a baseline jumper that gave UNI a 27-24 lead.

            Kelsey Woodard scored at the buzzer to send UNI into the break in front, 27-26.

            Voss scored on CU's first possession of the second half to give the Bluejays a 28-27 advantage, but Danielle Wubbens banked in a three to return the lead to UNI, 30-28.

            Creighton scored the next five points to take a 33-30 lead with 18:36 to play.

            UNI got eight straight points from Clausen when she sandwiched a layup between two threes, putting the Panthers in front, 38-33 with 13:46 to play.

            Creighton answered with five straight points to tie the game for the fifth time, 38-38 with 10:11 remaining.

            Mennen and Neuvirth traded baskets, and a jumper from Uhlenhopp gave UNI a 42-40 lead at 9:02.

            Kelsey Crites made one of two free throws to pull the Bluejays within one, but Uhlenhopp scored on a layup at 6:55 to put the Panthers in the lead, 44-41.

            Herring tied the game for the seventh time when she hit her third three of the game. Boeck put UNI back in front with a putback at 6:09.

            Neuvirth made a pair of free throws and Herring scored on a jumper to give CU a 48-46 lead with 5:09 on the clock. Wypiszynski completed a three-point play to give the Panthers a one-point edge, 49-46.

            The teams traded one-point leads five times over the next three minutes, and Voss knocked down a pair of free throws at 1:20 to put the Bluejays in the lead, 54-53.

            With the shot clock winding down, Boeck knocked down a three with 17 seconds on the clock to give the Panthers a two-point cushion. The lead was short-lived, however, as Herring tied the game for the 11th time with a layup with seven seconds on the clock.

            Neuvirth blocked Wypiszynski's final shot attempt to send the game into overtime.

            Creighton scored on its first two possessions of overtime to build a quick four-point lead, 60-56. Leading 62-58, Neuvirth came off a screen to knock down a three that put the Bluejays in front by seven, 65-58 with 1:53 on the clock.

            UNI was never able to narrow the gap to fewer than six points from that point.

            UNI shot 41.8 percent (23-of-55) from the floor, including 4-of-12 from three-point range. UNI finished 9-of-11 (81.8 percent) from the free-throw line.

            The Bluejays shot 40.3 percent (25-of-62) from the floor, including 6-of-18 (68.8 percent) from three-point range. CU finished 11-of-16 (68.8 percent) from the free-throw line.

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

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