Site: St. Louis, Mo.
Venue: Chaifetz Arena
Date: Dec. 29
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Radio: Panther Sports Network, 1330 KWLO
Live Stats: slubillikens.com
The University of Northern Iowa women's basketball team will finish their non-conference schedule this week when they clash against the Saint Louis Billikens on Saturday Dec. 29 in St. Louis, Mo. The game marks the fifth time the two teams have met.
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). Lisa Stone, who has amassed a 503-237 record in 26 years as a collegiate head coach, was named head women's basketball coach at Saint Louis University May 4, 2012. Most recently, Stone served eight seasons (2003-11) in charge at Wisconsin. She began her head-coaching career with a three-year stint at Cornell (Iowa) College, spent 12 seasons at Wisconsin-Eau Claire and had a three-year tenure at Drake.
Scouting Saint Louis
The Billikens will enter the game against UNI with an overall record of 5-7. UNI will be the third team that Saint Louis has met from the MVC. Two of Saint Louis's losses come from Big 12 opponents Oklahoma and Missouri.
The Series against the Billikens
This will be the first time since 1994 that UNI has faced off against Saint Louis. The Panthers hold a 3-1 edge in the all-time series between the two schools. The last time UNI lost to Saint Louis was in 1988 when the Billikens defeated UNI 67-42.
UNI's roster members from the state of Minnesota scored seven of the Panthers first 10 points. Hannah Schonhardt, who is from Waconia, hit a three-pointer while Stephanie Davison, who is from Maple Grove, hit two jumpers.
Getting The Boards
Jen Keitel has had five or more rebounds in eight out of the 11 games this season. She finished with six against Minnesota.
Big Schools, Great Experience
The Minnesota Gophers was the sixth BCS team that the Panthers have met this season. UNI also faced-off against Arizona State, Florida, North Carolina State, Iowa and Iowa State.
Jen Keitel notched her first career double-double against Iowa State. She finished with a career high 12 rebounds and 10 points during her 38 minutes of play.
Keeping the Streak Alive
Jacqui Kalin had scored 23 consecutive free throws this season prior to the game against Minnesota. She is currently ranked first in the NCAA in free throw percentage, shooting 97.4 percent from the free throw line. Kalin has scored in double figures in 10 of the 11 games this season. She has also notched two games with 20 or more points.
The series against Iowa State is one of the longest series outside of conference play the Panthers have with an opponent. UNI and Iowa State have met a total of 40 times, with their first meeting taking place in 1974.
Double Digit Deficit
The 40 point difference between UNI and Chicago State was the second largest deficit in McLeod Center history. The UNI women's basketball team defeated Evansville by 42 points in 2010.
Jacqui Kalin is currently sitting in third place all-time at UNI in career assists with 389. She needs 89 more to tie Kelley Westhoff for the lead with 475 assists.
From the Line
Jacqui Kalin is currently fourth all-time at UNI in career free throws made with 356. She only needs 55 more to tie for the lead of 411 that was set by Katie Miller from 1999-2003.
Big Win, Big Points
The Panthers scored a season high 81 points against the Cougars of Chicago State. UNI scored 80 or more points in four games last season, including an 88 point game against Chicago State.
Amber Kirschbaum notched her first double-double of the season against Chicago State. She finished the game with 11 rebounds and 12 points. She had a staggering 10 rebounds in just the first half against the Cougars.
UNI has now had five games this season where at least three players scored in double figures. Jacqui Kalin, Amber Kirschbaum, Brooke Brown, Brittni Donaldson, Jen Keitel and Hannah Schonhardt all finished with double figures against CSU. UNI has also now had five games this season where at least two players have hit three or more three-pointers in a game. Brooke Brown and Brittni Donaldson both finished with three three-pointers against CSU.
The Panthers hold a 12-1 lead in the all-time series against Chicago State. The last time UNI lost to Chicago State was in the first game of the series in 1986.
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 11 collegiate games, Keitel is second on the team in points, scoring average, field goal percentage and rebounds. She is leading the team in offensive rebounds with 32.
UNI is currently ranked 11th in the NCAA in three-point field goals per game with 8.4. The Panthers made a season high 14 three-pointers against North Carolina State.
Jen Keitel notched 12 rebounds against Iowa State which is a new career and season high. She also played a career high 38 minutes and had her first collegiate start. Hannah Schonhardt also finished the game against Iowa State with a new career high in minutes with 31.
Jacqui Kalin broke the 1,500 career points mark with her 14 points against Florida. She currently has 1,595 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 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 1,606 points in her career at UNI. She is only 95 points shy of being second all-time at UNI in scoring and only 245 points shy of tying the UNI all-time leading scorer, Amy Swisher, who holds the record with 1,851 points.
Jacqui Kalin had scored in double figures in 21 straight games that stretch back to the 2010-11 season. She scored in double figures in the first six contests for the Panthers this season and has scored in double figures in nine of the 10 games.
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.
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.
Senior CLASS Award
Kalin has been named a candidate for the 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in 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 57-30 includes nine wins at home last season.
Amber Kirschbaum is currently sitting on 65 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 had 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.