CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa women’s basketball team fell to the Minnesota Golden Gophers Saturday afternoon, 73-55.
Stephanie Davison led the Panthers with a career-high 23 points, also finishing with three rebounds. Redshirt freshman Erin Dohnalek added 12 points to the Panthers total in her regular season debut. Jen Keitel led the team in boards, coming away with five.
Minnesota got off to a quick start, leading the Panthers 6-0 at the first media timeout, but Dohnalek ended the Gopher streak with a layup with 15:03 left in the first half making the score 6-2. The Gophers then went on an 11-0 run starting at the 11:54 mark taking a 22-6 lead with 8:54 remaining in the half.
S. Davison ended the Gopher run with 7:54 on the clock after finding her way through the lane for a layup, making the score 22-8. With 2:38 left in the half, the Panthers were able to cut the Gopher lead to 31-15 after Madison Weekly drained a three-pointer with Brooke Brown coming away the assist.
The Gophers went into halftime with a 40-15 lead over the Panthers after going on a 9-0 run to end the half. S. Davison finished the half with four points while Keitel led the team in boards with four. Minnesota’s Jackie Johnson led both teams at half with nine points.
Minnesota held a 47-20 lead with 15:10 left in the second half. The Panthers went on a 5-0 run after a three-pointer from S. Davison and a tough layup under the basket by Keitel, giving the Panthers its 20 point total.
The Panthers went on a 6-0 run starting at the 12:42 mark in the second half when Dohnalek found herself under the basket for another layup. Brown knocked down a three-pointer to continue the drive, but Minnesota ended it with 9:45 on the clock when Micaella Richie hit a jumper to make the score 54-28.
S. Davison cut the Minnesota lead to 17 points with 6:31 left in the second half after finding the ball off a screen for a huge three-pointer, making the score 57-40. Dohnalek notched another three-pointer with less than five minutes remaining in the game, cutting the Minnesota lead against to 62-43.
Weekly cut the Gopher lead into the teens again with less than two minutes left after hitting two free throws to make the score 71-53. With 22 seconds left in the game, S. Davison hit a mid-range jumper to make the score 73-55 to close out the game. Minnesota came away with the victory, defeating UNI 73-55.Post-Game Notes vs. Minnesota
Stephanie Davison played a career-high 26 minutes against Minnesota. The sophomore finished with a career-high 23 points.
UNI finished the second half shooting 50 percent from the three-point line after only shooting 5.6 percent during the first half.
UNI had nine players notch career-high minutes (Madison Weekly, Stephanie Davison, Erin Dohnalek, Amber Sorenson, Angie Davison, Moran Lonning, Abbie Ackerman, Ty Smith and Alyssa Johnson) against the Gophers, including two true freshman and two redshirt freshman seeing the court for the first time