BROOKINGS, S.D. – The University of Northern Iowa women’s basketball team fell to the South Dakota State Jackrabbits Sunday afternoon, 80-44. The Panthers hold an overall record of 1-2.
Jen Keitel led the team with 14 points, eight boards and two blocks, notching the point total for the second game in a row. Ty Smith added 12 points while Madison Weekly contributed seven points to the Panthers’ total.
South Dakota State started the game on a 17-2 run, with Ty Smith coming up with the Panthers first points off a layup at the 14:28 mark in the first half. The Jackrabbits took a 28-7 lead with 7:29 left in the first half after going on a 11-0 run before Smith scored her fourth point of the game on another quick drive through the lane, making the score 30-9.
Jen Keitel scored seven of the Panthers first half points, including three points in the last two minutes of the half, cutting SDSU’s lead to 34-15. Madison Weekly drained a jump shot with three seconds left in the half to cut the Jackrabbits lead to 34-17 heading into halftime.
After a quick foul by the Jackrabbits to start the second half, Weekly cut the SDSU lead to just 15 points after knocking down two free throws to make the score 34-19. A few minutes later, Keitel was able to cut the Jackrabbit lead down by one more point after a jump shot, making the score 37-23.
South Dakota State held a 22-point lead with 7:48 left in the half after Weekly converted on a free throw, but the Panthers were unable to close the gap, with the Jackrabbits picking up the 80-44 win.
Post-Game Notes vs. South Dakota State
Jen Keitel led the Panthers in scoring for the second game in a row, coming away with 14 points and eight rebounds. She has now scored in double figures two games in a row.
Redshirt Freshmen Erin Dohnalek and Alyssa Johnson both came away from the game with career-highs in rebounds, both finishing with five each.
UNI’s outscored the Jackrabbits in the paint 22-19.
Ty Smith scored a season high 12 points against SDSU, finishing second on the team in points.
UNI had four players finished with four or more boards against SDSU. Jen Keitel led the team with eight, Stephanie Davison added six and Erin Dohnalek and Alyssa Johnson both added five.