MUNCIE, Ind. – The University of Northern Iowa women’s basketball team was defeated in the second round of the WNIT 53-48 to Ball State after the Cardinals were able to go on a late run in the second half.
Senior Jacqui Kalin led the team with 11 points. Brittni Donaldson added nine points and Stephanie Davison finished with seven.
The Panthers and the Cardinals remained scoreless through the first 2:30 of the game with UNI coming up with two big defensive blocks from Hannah Schonhardt and Amber Kirschbaum to keep the score at zero. Schonhardt notched the first field goal for UNI, knocking down a wide open three-pointer with 17:26 left in the first half to make the score 3-0.
UNI went on an 8-0 run, taking an 11-2 lead with 11:59 left in the game with Jen Keitel converting her fifth three-pointer of the season to ignite the run for the Panthers. UNI played strong defense in the first half, holding the Cardinals scoreless from the 16:46 mark to the 10:44 mark when Brittany Carter hit a long three-pointer to make the score 11-5.
Ball State went on an 8-0 run to tie the score 11-11 with 8:16 left in the half when Nathalie Fontaine was able to drive through the lane for a layup. The Cardinals took their first lead of the half with 7:42 on the clock when Carter scored a layup to make the score 13-11.
After two lead changes, the Panthers took a 18-17 lead with 3:51 left in the first half when Kirschbaum drove through the lane, was fouled and made both her free throws. Donaldson then extended the UNI lead to 21-17 when she broke off a screen for a three-pointer.
UNI went into halftime with a 26-22 lead over the Cardinals when Donaldson hit a late layup and finished her free throw to go into the half. The Panthers had seven players score at least one point in the first half.
Kalin gave UNI a 31-26 lead with 17:16 left in the half when she hit her second three-pointer of the game. UNI hit consecutive three-pointers on the next two offensive drives after Ball State left Donaldson and Mercedees Morgan open on the arc, giving UNI a 37-28 lead with 13:29 on the clock.
Ball State went on a run to cut the Panther lead to three points, but Kalin put an end to the run with a three-pointer from beyond the arc to make the score 42-36 with 10:03 left to play. The Cardinals cut the lead to three points with less than five minutes to play after Brandy Woody scored off a layup to make the score 46-43.
The Panthers held a one-point lead with 2:15 in the game after Fontaine hit a field goal for the Cardinals to make the score 48-47. With less than a minute to play, Carter hit a jump shot to give Ball State a 49-48 lead. Ball State converted on late free throws to defeat the Panthers 53-48.