Site: Cedar Falls, Iowa
Venue: McLeod Center
Date: Nov. 15
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Radio: Panther Sports Network
Live Stats: UNIPanthers.com
Tickets: $6 adults, $3 children
UNI at North Dakota State
Site: Fargo, ND
Venue: Bison Sports Arena
Date: Nov. 17
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Live Stats: gobison.com
The University of Northern Iowa women's basketball team will host the South Dakota Coyotes on Thursday Nov. 15 inside the McLeod Center for their second home game of the season. The last time the Panthers and the Coyotes met was in 2011 when UNI defeated USD 53-43.
The Panthers will then travel to Fargo, ND to take on the Bison of North Dakota State on Saturday Nov. 17. The game, which is set to start at 3:00 p.m., is only the fourth time the two teams have met. The last meeting between the Bison and the Panthers was in 2011 when UNI defeated NDSU 60-41.
Tanya Warren enters her sixth season as the head coach of the Panthers after taking the team to new heights. During the 2011-2012 season, Warren led the Panthers to a successful season with 19 wins, marking its third straight season with 17 or more wins for only the second time in program history. The Panthers' 63 wins since the start of the 2009-10 season are the school's most over a span of three seasons. The team also racked up the first post-season victories in UNI history, winning three games to advance to the finals of the Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI). Amy Williams is in her first season as the head women's basketball coach at the University of South Dakota. Williams was named the Coyote head coach on June 4, 2012. Carolyn DeHoff enters her fifth season as head women's basketball coach at North Dakota State University She has compiled a 56-62 record overall including a 40-32 ledger in The Summit League.
The Series against the Coyotes
The Panthers and the Coyotes are currently in a draw with their all-time series sitting at 4-4. The Panthers have won the last three meetings between the two teams, including a win last season. The last time UNI lost to South Dakota was in 2009.
Scouting South Dakota
South Dakota enters the week with an overall record of 1-1. USD lost to Cleveland State in their season opener 60-46, but was able to bounce back and defeat Drake in their next game 74-69. Sophomore Nicole Seekamp was named the Summit League Player of the Week for her 18.5 points per game average at the beginning of this season.
The Series against the Bison
UNI is currently 2-1 all-time against the North Dakota State Bison. The Panthers defeated the Bison 60-41 in 2011 and 77-73 in 2008, but lost in 2009 by only two points, 64-62.
Scouting North Dakota State
The Bison enter this week undefeated in their first two games with an overall record of 2-0. After winning their two exhibition matches, the Bison defeated Harvard in their season opener 81-72 and then went on to beat Mayville State 111-75.
Leading the Way
Jacqui Kalin led the Panthers in their season opener against Wisconsin-Green Bay with 17 points and seven assists.
First Time for Everything
Several Panthers played in their first collegiate basketball game against Wisconsin-Green Bay. Jen Keitel, Stephanie Davison and Hannah Schonhardt all contributed as freshmen on the court against the Phoenix.
Full-season ticket packages are available for $20 to see the Panther women's basketball team in action at the McLeod Center. A total of 15 home games are on tap in 2012-2013. Contact UNITix at 319-273-4849 for more information.
The Panthers are 23-22 all-time in season openers since the program started in 1968. UNI is 4-2 all-time in season openers under the direction of head coach Tanya Warren.
The Panthers will face one of their toughest non-conference schedules this season. Nine of the opponents qualified for post-season play a year ago and five of those teams made it to the NCAA tournament.
Sixth Year Coincidence?
Jacqui Kalin is entering her sixth year at UNI and so is head Coach Tanya Warren. Together they have been able to win two MVC titles, advance to the post-season three years in a row and put together the most wins in school history over the span of three years.
Knocking off the Rust
Jacqui Kalin hasn't played in a collegiate basketball game since March 20, 2011 when the Panthers played in the NCAA tournament. In the exhibition match against Upper Iowa, it was as if Kalin hadn't missed a beat when she notched a double-double in her first match back with 10 points and 10 assists.
In the exhibition game against the Upper Iowa Peacocks, 52 of the 82 points that the Panthers scored were put up by freshmen or sophomores. Sophomores Brittni Donaldson and Sharnae Lamar combined for 24 points and redshirt Freshman Jen Keitel led the team in rebounds with 10.
The Panthers led the Peacocks in all aspects of the game in their exhibition. UNI dominated in the paint, off of turnovers, second chance points and fast break points. The Panther bench also outscored the Upper Iowa bench by 15 points.
UNI was picked to finish fourth in the MVC this season. Creighton took the top spot with Wichita State taking the second spot. Illinois State finished in the third place spot with Missouri State rounding out the top-five behind the Panthers.
Jacqui Kalin was picked by the conference as part of the preseason All-MVC team. She was joined by Wichita State, Illinois State, Creighton and Missouri State.
Returning to the Court
The Panthers will have two key players returning to the court this season in Jacqui Kalin and Mercedees Morgan. Kalin, who missed the entire 2011-12 season due to injury, will return after being named the 2010-11 Jackie Stiles MVC Player of the Year. Morgan, who played and started in over 20 games last season, missed the second half of the 2011-12 season after suffering a season ending knee injury.
Senior CLASS Award
Jacqui Kalin has been named a candidate for the 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award. She is one of 30 women student-athletes that have been chosen. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
In the Books
Jacqui Kalin currently has 1,419 points in her career at UNI. She is on track to become the all-time leading scorer and will need 432 points to tie the record of 1,851 points that was set by Amy Swisher who played from 2000-2004.
The Panthers will suit up only three seniors this season along with one junior and four sophomores. The other eight spots on the roster belong to four redshirt freshmen and four true freshmen.
The UNI women's basketball team made history last season by notching the program's first post-season wins during their run in the Women's Basketball Invitational. UNI won three games to advance to the finals of the WBI.
Winning in McLeod
The women's basketball program currently has a winning record inside the McLeod Center. The overall record of 55-27 includes nine wins at home last season.
Amber Kirschbaum is currently sitting on 62 career blocks and at the No. 10 spot on UNI's all-time list. She is only 17 blocks away from moving up on the list.
Amber Kirschbaum led the team last season with 242 total rebounds. She notched 10 or more rebounds in 10 games last season.
UNI has won 63 games since the start of the 2009-10 season, marking the most wins in school history over a span of three seasons.
UNI on TV
The women's basketball program will make at least three appearances on the MVC's in-house television package this season. UNI's first appearance on the MVC in-house television package will be their conference opener against Illinois State in Normal, Ill on Jan. 4. The Panthers will appear again Jan. 25 when they travel to Omaha, Neb. to take on the Creighton Bluejays. UNI will also be on the MVC TV package when they play Wichita State on Feb. 8 in Wichita, Kan.