Jacqui Kalin led the Panthers with 28 points and 10 assists, tying her season high points. Hannah Schonhardt added a career high 23 points and eight rebounds.
UNI opened the first half on a 7-0 run sparked by Kalin when she drove through the lane for a lay-up. On the next play, Jess McDowell blocked an Evansville shot, giving Schonhardt a break-away lay-up. Schonhardt hit a three-pointer on the next offensive drive for the Panthers to put them up 7-0.
The Panthers went into the first media timeout with a 13-4 lead with 15:33 remaining in the half. Schonhardt scored 11 points in the first four minutes of play, shooting perfect from the field and knocking down two three-pointers.
Evansville tied the score 15-15 with 12:05 left in the half after going on an 11-2 run. Schonhardt ended their run, giving the Panthers a 19-15 lead, matching her career high of 15 points in the first 10 minutes of the game.
Evansville took the lead with less than five minutes left in the first half off a three-pointer from Mallory Ladd, making the score 29-27. The Panthers regained the lead after Kalin finished on a jumper and two free throws, giving UNI a 31-29 lead with 1:02 left on the clock.
UNI entered halftime with a two point lead over the Purple Aces, making the score 34-32. Kalin and Schonhardt both finished the half in double figures, helping the Panthers shoot 55 percent from the field.
The Panthers started the second half on an 8-0 run, finished off with Jen Keitel going strong to the basket for a lay-up and free throw to give UNI a 42-35 lead. The Panther turned their run into a 13-2 with Jess McDowell hitting a three-pointer with 15:37 left in the game to make the score 47-37.
UNI held a 53-41 lead with 11:48 left in the game with Sharnae Lamar hitting a big three-pointer. Evansville was able to cut the UNI lead to single digits with 9:12 on the clock off a jumper from Samantha Heck, making the score 58-49.
Jen Keitel hit her fourth career three pointer with 7:55 left in the game to extend the UNI score to 63-52. Kalin kept the Panthers double-digit deficit alive with two free throws, making the score 65-52 with 6:13 on the clock.
Evansville went on a late 8-0 run to cut the Panther lead to five points with 2:24 left on the clock with Ladd knocking down a lay-up to make the score 65-60. Kalin gave UNI an eight point lead off a mid-range jumper making the score 68-60.
Evansville cut the UNI lead to six points when Ladd hit another jumper, but the Purple Aces were unable to overcome the deficit after Kalin hit four clutch free throws to end the game. The Panther picked up their second win in a row, defeating Evansville 75-64.
Post-Game Notes vs. Evansville
Hannah Schonhardt scored a career high 23 points against the Purple Aces. Her previous career high was set just this week against Southern Illinois when she finished with 15 points.
Hannah Schonhardt notched her first career 20-plus point performance against Evansville. She finished the first half shooting 100 percent from the three-point line.
Brittni Donaldson has hit at least one three-pointer in 15 games out of the 21 games played this season.
Jacqui Kalin notched her second career double-double against Evansville, finishing with 28 points and a career high 10 assists.