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Panther Women Crush Wichita State 80-48

The University of Northern Iowa women's basketball team had four players score in double figures on the way to an 80-48 win over Wichita State Thursday night in the McLeod Center. The win, coupled with Missouri State's 81-71 loss at Bradley, secures a first-round bye for the Panthers in next week's State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.

            Kim Wypiszynski led UNI (10-18, 8-9 MVC) with 19 points, Nicole Clausen added 14, K.K. Armstrong tallied 13 and Lizzie Boeck finished with 12 points for UNI. Boeck led the Panthers with six rebounds.

            Marcy Sudbeck led Wichita State (11-17, 3-14) with 12 points, and Daria Frazier and Marisah Henderson each scored 10 for the Shockers.

            Leading 8-6, UNI went on a 7-0 run to take a 15-6 lead with 13:50 to play in the first half. WSU was able to chip away and cut the Panther advantage to 17-13 with 10 minutes left in the period, but UNI scored the game's next nine points to stretch its lead to 26-13 with 5:37 on the clock.

The Panthers would continue to build its lead, and they led by as many as 19 points before taking a 39-22 advantage into the half.

            Armstrong knocked down a three at 17:20 to give the Panthers a 20-point lead, 46-26. She completed a conventional three-point play at 16:52 to cap a 10-2 Panther run to open the second half.

            Wichita State started to make a run, narrowing the gap to 61-44 with 7:13 remaining. UNI would outscore the Shockers 18-4 the rest of the way, however, claiming its largest win of the season.

            UNI shot 54.9 percent (28-of-51) from the floor, its highest shooting percentage of the season. The Panthers shot 3-of-11 (27.3 percent) from three-point range and 21-of-26 (80.8 percent) from the charity stripe.

            WSU shot 20-of-59 (33.9 percent) from the floor, including 3-of-16 (18.8 percent) from long distance. The Shockers made 5-of-8 (62.5 percent) free-throw tries.

            UNI outrebounded WSU, 42-25. The Panthers turned 15 WSU turnovers into 16 points, while the Shockers converted UNI's 16 giveaways into 10 points. UNI outscored WSU in the paint, 38-14. The Panther bench came up strong, scoring 30 of UNI's 80 points.

            The Panthers will wrap up the regular season when they host Missouri State Saturday at 3:05 p.m. in the McLeod Center.

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