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WBB Returns To McLeod For Two MVC Games
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Sunday 01/28/2013
Southern Illinois at UNI
Site: Cedar Falls, Iowa
Venue: McLeod Center
Date: Jan. 31, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
TV: None
Radio: Panther Sports Network, 1330 KWLO
Live Stats: unipanthers.com
Tickets: National Girls and Women In Sports Day, $2 tickets for groups of 10 or more. Hometown Hero Players cards of Jacqui Kalin will be handed out to the first 250 in the door.

Evansville at UNI
Site: Cedar Falls, Iowa
Venue: McLeod Center
Date: Feb. 1, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
TV: None
Radio: Panther Sports Network, 1330 KWLO
Live Stats: unipanthers.com
Tickets: Kids Take Over McLeod Day; free admission with ticket from the men's game. 
 
The Games
The University of Northern Iowa will host two home games this week after being on the road the last two weeks. The Panthers will face-off against Southern Illinois on Thursday Jan. 31 and Evansville on Saturday Feb. 2.

The Coaches
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). Adrianne Harlow is in her fourth season at Southern Illinois and her first as the team's interim coach. Harlow coached with former SIU head coach Missy Tiber for the last 11 years at SIU, Tusculum College and Belmont Abbey College. Her primary duties at SIU include recruiting and player development of the Saluki guards, as well as being the team's business manager. Oties Epps was introduced May 18, 2011 as the 10th head coach in the 43-year history of women's basketball at the University of Evansville. Epps completed his first season at the helm in 2011-12 with a focus on building a base and framework for the program's revitalization. The Aces finished with a 5-25 record and 2-16 mark in the Missouri Valley Conference, including a victory over 2012 NCAA Tournament participant Creighton University. Epps recorded his first career win on Nov. 26th when he led the Purple Aces to a 59-49 victory over Troy University in the University of Maine's tournament. 

Hoops for Hannah
North Dakota State senior Hannah Linz will begin treatment soon for the recurrence of Hodgkin's Lymphoma. NDSU head coach Carolyn DeHoff announced Jan. 3 that the career of Linz has come to a close. Linz was originally diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma on April 8, 2010, following her freshman season with the Bison. The UNI women's basketball program will have a "Hoops for Hannah Basket" at the remaining home games at the McLeod Center for goodwill donations. For more information, contact Lynn Dorn, NDSU Director of Women's Athletics at 701-231-7807.

Scouting Southern Illinois
The Southern Illinois Salukis enter the week with an overall record of 4-14 overall and 1-6 in the MVC. Their lone conference wins comes from their game against Drake when they defeated the Bulldogs 77-70. The Salukis are being led by sophomore Cartaesha Macklin who is averaging 13.8 points per game and is eighth in the league in scoring with 249 points.

The Series against the Salukis
Southern Illinois currently holds a two game 30-28 edge over UNI in the all-time series between the two teams. UNI has won nine out of the last 10 meetings against the Salukis. The last time SIU defeated the Panthers was in 2009 when SIU won 58-40.

Scouting Evansville
Evansville enters the week with an overall record of 7-11 and is tied for third place in the MVC with a conference record of 5-2. Their only two conference losses come from the conference leaders Creighton and Wichita State. The Purple Aces have three players averaging in double figures, with Khristian Hart leading the team with 14.3 points per game.

The Series against the Purple Aces
UNI holds a 22-17 lead in the all-time series against Evansville. The Panthers have won the last eight meetings between the two teams. The last time the Purple Aces won a game in the series was in 2008 when they defeated UNI 79-56.

Starting Spot
Sharnae Lamar started her second game her career/season against Drake (1/27) after her strong seven-point performance against Creighton (1/25).

Defensive Threat
Brooke Brown is becoming known around UNI as a defensive presence on the court because of her quickness and non-stop pressure on the ball. Brown is often used against the opposing team's better shooters to keep them under pressure. Brown helped the Panthers keep Creighton (1/25) to one of their lowest scoring games this season (54 points).

Top-50
Jacqui Kalin broke the top-50 in the NCAA points per game category after her performances against Creighton (1/25) and Drake (1/27). Kalin finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds against Drake and is now ranked 45th in the country in points per game with 18.1.

Sixth Year Is The Charm
Jacqui Kalin notched her first career double-double against Drake (1/27). She finished with 22 points and a career high 11 rebounds. Kalin came close to her first triple-double against Saint Louis (12/29) when she finished with 25 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.

High Percentages
The Panthers shot 56.3 percent from the field in the first half against Bradley (1/18), recording the highest first half percentage this season. It was the seventh game this season that the Panthers have shot 50 percent or higher during the first half. UNI ended the game shooting 53.6 percent from the field, which also marked the highest percentage for a whole game this season.

In the 20s
Jacqui Kalin has scored 20-plus points in nine games this season, including her 22-point performance against Drake (1/27).

College Sports Madness MVC POW: 1/21/13
Jacqui Kalin was named the College Sports Madness Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week for her performance against Bradley. Kalin finished 8-13 shooting and was perfect from the line with 6-6 free throws. She recorded 23 points, six rebounds and four assists on the way to a Panther victory over the Braves.

Perfection
Jacqui Kalin has gone perfect from the free throw line in 13 out of the 19 games the Panthers have played this season. The 95.1 percent free throw shooter shot a season high 11 free throws against Wichita State (1/12) and went 9-9 this past weekend against Creighton (1/25) and Drake (1/27).

In the Books
Jacqui Kalin has accumulated 1,763 points in her career at UNI. With her 22 points against Wichita State (1/12), she is now second all-time at UNI in career scoring, passing Diane Roberts. She is now only 88 points shy of tying the UNI all-time leading scorer, Amy Swisher, who holds the record with 1,851 points.

New Highs
Amber Kirschbaum matched her season high of five field goals made with five against Drake (1/27) while Jacqui Kalin notched a career high 11 rebounds against the Bulldogs. Brooke Brown played a season high 35 minutes against Creighton (1/25) and Sharnae Lamar set a new career high in field goals attempted with nine against the Bluejays.

Almost There
The Panthers set a new season high record in three-pointers made in a game with 15 against Missouri State (1/10). Their previous season high was set against North Carolina State (11/25) with 14. The school record for three-pointers made in a game was set in 2007 when UNI hit 17 against UMBC.

Redshirt Experience
Jen Keitel has proven that she learned valuable experience during her redshirt year. Through the 19 games this season, Keitel is second on the team in points (150), second in scoring average (7.9) and second in field goals made (59). She

MVC Player of the Week: 1/14/2013
Jacqui Kalin was named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week for the third time this season for her performances against Missouri State and Wichita State. She notched 25 points against Missouri State (1/10) and 22 points against Wichita State (1/12). She also finished with a career high six three-pointers made against the Bears.

Closing In
Entering this week, head coach Tanya Warren is currently sitting at 95 total career wins as a head coach. She is just five shy of hitting the 100 career wins mark.

Block Away
Amber Kirschbaum entered the season with 62 career blocks and has recorded 11 so far this season. She is currently six blocks shy of moving up into ninth place all-time in career blocks at UNI.

Classroom Production
The women's basketball program produced a 3.59 team GPA during the fall semester, which ranked as the highest team GPA at UNI this year.

Fresh Step
Amber Kirschbaum and Sharnae Lamar both made their first appearances since the game against South Dakota State (12/8) against Illinois State (1/4).

Power from the Point
Jacqui Kalin has either led or tied for the lead on the team in scoring in 18 of the 19 games this season. The only game she didn't lead the team in scoring was against South Dakota (11/15) when Jen Keitel scored 18 points.

From the Line
Jacqui Kalin is currently fourth all-time at UNI in career free throws made with 393. She only needs 18 more to tie for the lead of 411 that was set by Katie Miller from 1999-2003.

Streak to the Line
Jacqui Kalin is currently ranked second in the NCAA in free throw percentage, shooting 95.1 percent from the free throw line. Liz Donohoe from Oklahoma State is leading the country with a 96.7 free throw percentage.

Dishing Dimes
Jacqui Kalin is currently sitting in third place all-time at UNI in career assists with 417. She needs 58 more to tie Kelley Westhoff for the lead with 475 assists.

Three-Point Land
UNI is currently ranked 16th in the NCAA in three-point field goals per game with 7.8. The Panthers made a season high 15 three-pointers against Missouri State (1/12).

From the Arc
Brittni Donaldson has hit at least one three-pointer in 13 of the 19 games this season. The game against Saint Louis (12/29) marked the fourth game this season that she has hit three or more three-pointers in a game.

Leading the Way
Jacqui Kalin is the all-time career leader in three-pointers at UNI with 224. She finished the game against Missouri State (1/10) with six three-pointers and has scored 48 total this season.

Top Notch
The UNI women's basketball team has several players in the top-10 in several statistical categories in the MVC. Jacqui Kalin leads the league in scoring (344) and free throw percentage (95.1). Jess McDowell is fifth in the MVC in three-point field goal percentage (38.8) and Kalin is third in three-point field goals made (48). Jen Keitel is currently fourth in offensive rebounds (48).

First Half Stats
Jacqui Kalin has reached double figures before halftime in seven games this season. She had 11 points at the half against Bradley (1/18). She has scored 20-plus points in nine games this season, including her 22 point performance against the Drake Bulldogs (1/27).

Breaking Tradition
UNI broke Indiana State's eight-game winning streak inside the Hulman Center that dated back to last season's win over Wichita State.

Conference Openers
The Panthers are 3-3 in MVC Conference openers under the direction of Tanya Warren. UNI is 7-14 in conference openers since joining the Missouri Valley Conference for the 1992-1993 season.

Freshman Presence
Hannah Schonhardt notched her first career start against the Billikens of Saint Louis (12/29), finshing with a career high 10 rebounds. She is the only true freshman on the team that has played this season.

MVC Player of the Week: 12/31/12
Jacqui Kalin was named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season for her performance against Saint Louis (12/29). She led the team in scoring with 25 points and finished with nine rebounds and nine assists.

Sports Madness Player of the Week: 12/31/12
Jacqui Kalin was named the College Sports Madness MVC Player of the Week for her performance against Saint Louis. She was close to notching a triple double with her 25 points, nine rebounds and nine assists on the way to leading UNI to victory.

Back Home
UNI's roster members from the state of Minnesota scored seven of the Panthers first 10 points when UNI played the Gophers on Dec. 21. 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 10 out of the 19 games this season. She finished with 13 against Indiana State (1/6).

Big Schools, Great Experience
The Minnesota Gophers were 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.

Double Digit Deficit
The 40 point difference (81-41) between UNI and Chicago State (12/14) was the second largest deficit in McLeod Center history. The UNI women's basketball team defeated Evansville by 42 points in 2010.

Big Win, Big Points
The Panthers scored a season high 81 points against the Cougars of Chicago State (12/4). UNI scored 80 or more points in four games last season, including an 88 point game against Chicago State.

Double-Double
Amber Kirschbaum notched her first double-double of the season against Chicago State (12/4). She finished the game with 11 rebounds and 12 points. She had a staggering 10 rebounds in just the first half against the Cougars.

Numbers Speak
UNI has had eight games this season where at least three players scored in double figures. UNI has also had seven games this season where at least two players have hit three or more three-pointers in a game.

International Level
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.

Breaking Boundaries
Jacqui Kalin broke the 1,500 career points mark with her 14 points against Florida. She currently has 1,763 career points and is only the third Panther in UNI history to score more than 1,500 career points.

From the Arc
Jen Keitel made her first collegiate three-pointer against N.C. State (11/25). Sharnae Lamar went perfect from the three-point-line against North Carolina State hitting two.

Panther Depth
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. 

MVP
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 UNI's win against North Carolina State.

UNI against the Pac-12
UNI is 1-4 all-time against teams from the Pac-12 conference. The Panthers faced Arizona State this season, and also competed against Colorado in 2005, Washington in 2006 and Washington State in 1994.

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, 76-72.

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 26 points in their win over NDSU. She also notched a career high nine rebounds against the Bison.

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.

Season Openers
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.

Non-Conference Slate
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 in 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 against Michigan State. 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 game back with 10 points and 10 assists.

Preseason Polls
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.

Preseason All-Conference
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.

Historic Run
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 58-30 includes nine wins at home last season and three home wins this season.

Winning Tradition
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. Missouri State will also broadcast the game through MVC TV on Feb. 10. 

Ticket Information
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.


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