Site: Cedar Falls, Iowa
Venue: McLeod Center
Date: Dec. 4
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Radio: Panther Sports Network, 1330 KWLO
Live Stats: unipanthers.com
Tickets: $2 For All Tickets, unipanthers.com, UNITix at 319-273-4849
The University of Northern Iowa women's basketball team will begin a three-game home stand this week when they face-off against Chicago State on Tuesday Dec. 4. The game against Chicago State is $2 Tuesday where all tickets to the game are only $2.
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). The 2012-13 season will be the 10th for Angela Jackson as head coach for the Chicago State women's basketball team. She is the program's all-time leader in coaching wins with 116. The Detroit native guided the Cougars to their best season in school history that included its first-ever national postseason tournament appearance en route to receiving Great West Conference Coach of the Year accolades. Entering his 13th season as head coach of the South Dakota State University women's basketball team, Aaron Johnston has taken the Jackrabbit program to the top of NCAA Division II and is leading SDSU to national prominence at the Division I level. Johnston enters the 2012-13 campaign with a career record of 290-99 (.746 winning percentage), ranking second on the SDSU career victories list.
Scouting Chicago State
The Cougars enter the week with an overall record of 1-5. Their most recent loss came at the hands of MVC member Drake on Dec. 2. Chicago State's lone win of the season was against Indiana Northwest on Nov. 16. The Cougars only returned two seniors to this year's squad.
The Series against the Cougars
The Panthers hold an 11-1 lead in the all-time series between the two teams. The last time UNI lost to Chicago State was in the first game of the series in 1986. The Panthers defeated Chicago State last season 88-54.
Jacqui Kalin was chosen as one of 12 athletes to represent the United States in the 19th World Maccabiah Games this summer. The games will take place in Israel as Kalin will try to help lead the USA Open Women's Basketball team to the gold medal.
Jen Keitel has proven that she learned valuable experience during her redshirt year. Through her first seven collegiate games, Keitel is first on the team in field goal percentage and offensive rebounds, and is second on the team in scoring with 60 points and scoring average with 8.6 points per game.
Jacqui Kalin is currently ranked 11th in the NCAA in free throw percentage. She is shooting 96.7 percent from the free throw line. She has gone perfect from the free throw line in five of the Panthers' six games and has only missed one out of 30 attempts.
UNI is currently ranked 10th in the NCAA in three-point field goals per game with 8.5. The Panthers made a season high 14 three-pointers against North Carolina State.
Amber Kirschbaum notched a season high in minutes and rebounds against Iowa with 29 minutes and 11 total rebounds. Brooke Brown finished with a season high points, leading the team in scoring against Iowa with 12 points. Jess McDowell set a new career high in minutes played with 30 and Hannah Schonhardt set a new personal best with three free throws made.
Jacqui Kalin broke the 1,500 career points mark with her 14 points against Florida. She currently has 1,542 career points and is only the third Panther in UNI history to score over 1,500 career points.
From the Arc
Jen Keitel made her first collegiate three-pointer against the Wolfpack. Sharnae Lamar went perfect from the three-point-line against North Carolina State hitting two. The game against North Carolina State marked her first made three-pointers of the season.
The UNI bench shined during the SouthPoint Thanksgiving Shootout scoring 78 points in the three games. The Panther bench outscored North Carolina State's bench 29-8 in the UNI victory. The UNI bench also outscored the North Dakota State, South Dakota and Wisconsin-Green Bay benches 57-27.
Jacqui Kalin was named the MVP of the SouthPoint Thanksgiving Tournament for her three double figure performances. She scored 14 points against Arizona State and Florida and added 28 points in their win against North Carolina State.
UNI against the Pac-12
ASU was the fourth Pac-12 team that UNI has met. The Panthers faced off against Colorado in 2005, Washington in 2006 and Washington State in 1994. The Panthers are 1-4 all-time against the Pac-12 after defeating Colorado in 2005.
UNI against the SEC
The Panthers have faced three teams from the SEC in program history. UNI is currently 1-2 all-time against the SEC with a win over Arkansas in 2001 and a losses to Alabama and Florida.
UNI against the ACC
UNI has only met two teams from the ACC in program history. The Panthers have played against Maryland twice, unfortunately losing both contests in 2006 and 2007. UNI is currently 1-2 all-time against the ACC after a big win against North Carolina State this season.
MVC Player of the Week : 11/19/12
Jacqui Kalin was named the MVC Player of the Week for her performance against South Dakota and North Dakota State. Kalin led the Panthers in scoring notching 15 points in their win over USD and adding a staggering 26 points in their win over NDSU. In her third straight double figure outing of the season along with the 26 points she put up against NDSU she also notched a career high nine rebounds against the Bison.
In the Books
Jacqui Kalin has accumulated 1,542 points in her career at UNI. She is only 159 points shy of being second all-time at UNI in scoring and only 309 points shy of tying the UNI all-time leading scorer, Amy Swisher, who holds the record with 1,851 points.
Jacqui Kalin has scored in double figures in 21 straight games that stretch back to the 2010-11 season. She has scored in double figures in the first six contests for the Panthers this season.
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.
Taking the Lead
The Panthers took a 5-4 lead in the all-time series against South Dakota with their win in the McLeod Center this season. The Panthers have won the last four meetings between the two teams.
Starting the Season
Jacqui Kalin led the Panthers in their season opener against Wisconsin-Green Bay with 17 points and seven assists.
Adding to the Series
UNI is currently 3-1 all-time against the North Dakota State Bison after beating NDSU in Fargo this season. The Panthers defeated the Bison 60-41 in 2011 and 77-73 in 2008, but lost in 2009 by only two points, 64-62.
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.
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 had not played in a collegiate basketball game before this season 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.
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.