Jacqui Kalin led the team with a double-double, scoring 22 points and finishing with 11 rebounds. Amber Kirschbaum gave a strong performance in addition to Kalin, notching 10 points and four rebounds.
UNI went in to the first media timeout down 7-4 with 15:47 left in the first half. Kalin scored the Panthers' first two field goals, with her first coming off a fade-away jumper in the first two minutes of the game.
Kirschbaum tied the game 9-9 with 14:02 left in the first half off a turn-around jumper after getting a pass down-low from Kalin. Drake hit their next two shots, but Kirschbaum struck again with a lay-up in the paint to make the score 13-11.
Kirschbaum scored her third shot in a row to tie the game again with 11:49 left on the clock off her signature turnaround jumper, making the score 13-13. After the second media timeout, the Panthers came out with Jess McDowell hitting a huge three-pointer, giving UNI their first lead of the game, 16-13.
The score was tied 16-16 with 8:07 remaining in the half when Drake's Alyssa Marschner hit a free throw. The score remained tied 16-16 until the 5:42 mark when Drake notched a jumper from Stephanie Running to take an 18-16 lead.
UNI went into halftime down 22-17. The Panthers shot 26.9 percent from the field with Kalin leading the team with seven points and five rebounds.
The Panthers scored their first field goal of the second half at the 16:10 mark after Mercedees Morgan gave a great pass to Jen Keitel under the basket to make the score 24-19. On the next play, Morgan was able to come away with a steal to help for a transition lay-up from Hannah Schonhardt to make the score 24-22 in Drake's favor.
Drake took off on a 9-2 run starting at the 15:42 mark that was capped by a three-pointer from Carly Grenfell to give Drake a 33-24 lead with 12-19 left in the game. Kalin put an end to the Drake run with a driving lay-up to the basket and a free throw to make the score 33-27 with 11:05 on the clock.
Kalin cut the Drake lead to five points on the next UNI offensive drive off a huge three-pointer after she came off a screen, making the score 35-30. After a 4-0 run from Drake, Sharnae Lamar cut the Drake lead to seven with a cutting drive into the lane for a lay-up, giving Drake a 39-32 advantage with 8:40 left in the game.
After a 9-2 run from the Drake Bulldogs, Kalin hit the Panthers first field goal off a three-pointer since the 7:17 mark in the second half. Kalin's three-pointer cut the Drake lead to 10 points, making the score 50-40 with 4:50 left in the game.
Drake converted on two jump shots from Cara Lutes and Kyndal Clark to give Drake a 54-42 lead, but Kalin cut the lead to 10 points again on a jumper from the free throw line, making the score 54-44. After a missed free throw from Lamar, Kirschbaum came up with two big offensive rebounds and a strong lay-up to cut the Drake lead to 54-46 with 2:41 on the clock.
The UNI defense came up with a big stop on the next Drake play and on transition, Schonhardt hit a pivotal three-pointer to cut the Drake lead again. Schonhardt's three made the score 54-49 with 2:10 left in the game.
Kalin hit two clutch free throws to cut the Drake lead to 57-51 with 42 seconds left in the game. UNI was forced to foul with Morgan Reid hitting one of her two free throws, but McDowell grabbed the defensive rebound giving Brittni Donaldson a transition lay-up to make the score 58-53 with 29 seconds left on the clock.
Kalin scored her final points of the game with 10 seconds left in the game, but the Panthers eventually fell 63-55. UNI will return to action Jan. 31 when they host Southern Illinois at 7:00 p.m.
Post-Game Notes vs. Drake
Sharnae Lamar made her second start of the season against Drake. She made her first start of the season against Florida (11/24).
UNI was held to only 17 points against Drake. The lowest the Panthers have been held at halftime was 16 points against Minnesota (12/21).
Amber Kirschbaum tied her season high in field goals made with five against Drake. She finished with 10 points, marking the fourth time this season she has reached double figures.
Jacqui Kalin finished with a career and season high 11 rebounds against Drake.