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UNI Heads to MVC Tournament For Match-up vs. Illinois State
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Friday 03/12/2014

MVC Tournament Quarterfinals: UNI vs. Illinois State
Date: Friday, March 14
Site: St. Charles, Mo.|
Venue: Family Arena
Time: 8:30 p.m.
TV:
www.valley-live.tv
Radio: 1330 KWLO Panther Sports Network
Internet:
www.mvc-sports.com


The Basics:
The University of Northern Iowa women’s basketball team will enter the 2014 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament as the No. 3 seed, set to take on No. 6 Illinois State, Friday March 14. The game is set to tip-off at 8:30 p.m. inside Family Arena, aired live on Valley-Live.TV.

The Series: UNI trails Illinois State 40-27 in the all-time series between the two teams with the Panthers defeating the Redbirds twice this season, including an 89-70 victory over the Redbirds on March 6.

About Illinois State: Illinois State enters the tournament with an overall record of 9-19 and is 8-10 during MVC play. Chloe Nelson leads the Redbirds with 13.7 points per game. Illinois State has two players averaging double-digits during the conference schedule with Nelson’s 13.7 per game and Octavia Crump bringing in 10.6 points per game.

How to Watch and Listen: Fans can tune in to Panther Sports Network on 1330 KWLO and listen to Chris Kleinhans-Schulz give live play-by-play reports of the game against Illinois State. The game against the Redbirds will also be aired live on www.valley-live.tv.

About the Panthers:
• The UNI women’s basketball team finished the 2013-14 regular season with a record of 17-12 overall and 13-5 in the Missouri Valley Conference.
• UNI placed third in the MVC regular season standings, marking the fifth straight season the Panthers have finished in the upper half of the MVC.
• The Panthers have won 17 or more games in five consecutive season.
• UNI made its fourth straight post-season appearance during the 2012-13 season, which is the longest streak in school history.
• During the 2012-13 season, the Panthers picked up its first WNIT win in school history, defeating Marquette 61-59 in the first round of play.
• UNI was named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Honor Roll for the 2012-13 season, earning the seventh best GPA in NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball.

The Last Time against Illinois State: The Panthers completed the season sweep over Illinois State on March 6 when UNI defeated the Redbirds 89-70 inside the McLeod Center. Jen Keitel led the team with 23 points, shooting 10-of-13 from the field.

The Last Time in St. Charles: UNI advanced to the semi-finals of the 2013 MVC Tournament, eventually falling to Wichita State in overtime. For the second year in a row, the Panthers will have the opportunity for a “three-peat” against Illinois State after beating Indiana State three times last season (twice regular season, once in MVC tournament.)

Warren in the Tournament: The Panthers are 8-4 in the MVC Tournament under the direction of Tanya Warren.

Warren Wins
2008: Wichita State, 75-45
2010: Bradley, 70-50
2010: Illinois State, 61-59
2010: Creighton, 54-53
2011: Wichita State, 61-44
2011: Missouri State, 69-41
2013: Indiana State, 71-60

MVC Scholar-Athlete Team: UNI had four student-athletes named to the 2014 MVC Scholar-Athlete Team.

Brooke Brown, 1st Team, Biology, 3.98 GPA
Jen Keitel, 2nd Team, Criminology/Psychology, 3.32 GPA
Brittni Donaldson, HM, Stat and Actuarial Science, 3.56 GPA
Stephanie Davison, HM, Graphic Tech/Graphic Design, 3.74 GPA

MVC All-Conference: Sophomore Jen Keitel was named one of 11 athletes named to the 2014 MVC All-Conference first team. Keitel is leading the team in points this season, averaging 27.3 minutes and 13.2 points per game. She is currently leading the MVC in field goal percentage, shooting 58.2 percent from the field.

Odd Numbers: UNI enters the tournament as the No. 3 seed. The Panthers were also odd seeds both times they have won the conference tournament.

2010: No. 5 Seed
2011: No. 1 Seed
2014: No. 3 Seed

Lucky 13: The Panthers 13 conference wins during the 2013-14 season ties for the second highest MVC wins number in school history.

2013-14: 13-5 in MVC play
2010-11: 17-1 in MVC play
2004-05: 13-5 in MVC play

Lucky 500: The Panthers now have four different players that have reached the 500-career point mark this season. Brooke Brown passed the mark against Drake (3/2) with her eight points while Brittni Donaldson and Jen Keitel both surpassed the mark against Wichita State (2/16). Hannah Schonhardt is just one-point shy of the mark after her 15-point performance against Indiana State (3/8).

500 Career Points Watch List
Jen Keitel, 614 points
Brittni Donaldson, 561 points
Brooke Brown, 528 points
Hannah Schonhardt, 499 points
Stephanie Davison, 404 points

Winning Seasons: The 2013-14 season marks the fifth straight season the Panthers have won 17 or more games.  It also marks the 12th season since the program joined NCAA Division I in 1982 that the Panthers have achieved the mark.

17+ win season
1982-83: J.D. Anderson, 17-11
1998-99: Tony DiCecco, 19-8
2000-01: Tony DiCecco, 18-11
2002-03: Tony DiCecco, 18-12
2004-05: Tony DiCecco, 20-11
2005-06: Tony DiCecco, 19-11
2006-07: Tony DiCecco, 17-13
2009-10: Tanya Warren, 17-16
2010-11: Tanya Warren, 27-6
2011-12: Tanya Warren, 19-15
2012-13: Tanya Warren, 17-17
2013-14: Tanya Warren, 17-12

MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week: Brittni Donaldson was named the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week for the week of Feb. 24-March 2. She scored a career-high 34 points against Drake (3/2) and is majoring in statistics and actuarial science.

Around the Nation: Jen Keitel has moved into the top-15 for field goal percentage in NCAA Division I women’s basketball. She is currently ranked No. 12 with a 58.2 field goal percentage.

Double-Digits: The Panthers had four different players reach double figures against Indiana State (3/8). It marked the second game in a row and the 15th time this season that UNI has had three or more individual reach double-digits.

Numbers: Jen Keitel has scored in double figures in the last four games for the Panthers, finishing with 21 against the Sycamores (3/8). It is the 22nd game this season she has shot 50 percent or higher from the field.

Making it Count: UNI had five different players go perfect from the free throw line against Indiana State (3/8) with the team finishing the game shooting 88.9 percent.

Stephanie Davison, 4-4
Hannah Schonhardt, 4-4
Brooke Brown, 6-6
Madison Weekly, 4-4
Erin Dohnalek, 2-2

The high is 90: UNI scored a season-high 99 points against Drake (3/2). The last time the Panthers scored 90 or more points was in UNI’s 90-73 win over Youngstown State on Nov. 26, 2011. The Panthers 99 points against Drake is the second highest point total since UNI joined Division I basketball in 1982.

UNI vs. Drake, 3/2/14, W 99-97
UNI vs. Evansville, 1/9/10, W 99-57
UNI vs. St. Louis, 1/23/93, L 112-106

Records are Meant to be Broken: Brittni Donaldson scored a career-high eight three-pointers in UNI’s thrilling 99-97 overtime victory over Drake (3/2), breaking the school record in threes made in a game. She scored a career-high 34 points against the Bulldogs, finishing 9-of-16 from the field and 8-of-10 from the free throw line.

Career Night: Jen Keitel finished with a career-best 28 points against Drake (3/2), also notching 13 boards for her sixth double-double of the season. She added four assists to her stat line and also finished shooting a career-high 12 made field goals.

Team Shooting: The Panthers scored a season-high 14 three-pointers against Drake (3/2). UNI has scored 10 or more three-pointers in eight games this season.

The Last 10: The Panthers have been averaging 76.5 points per game in the last 10 games. UNI has scored 70 or more points in eight of the last 10 games. UNI is averaging 68.4 throughout the whole season.

Top-Ten: Jen Keitel has cracked the top-10 in several statistical categories in the MVC as just a sophomore. She is first in field goal percentage (.582), 10th in free throw percentage (.747), fifth in blocked shots (36), ninth in rebounding (187) and third in offensive rebounds (92).

Single Game Numbers: Brittni Donaldson jumped on the UNI all-time list for her individual game performance against Drake (3/2). Donaldson’s 34 points ties for sixth all-time at UNI in points scored in a game along with her school record eight made threes. She also tied the school record in three-pointers attempted with 15.

In the 70s: UNI is 13-1 this season when scoring 70 or more points.

11-20-13 at North Dakota State, W 86-82
12-7-13 vs. Saint Louis, W 74-65
1-5-14 at Illinois State, W 83-63
1-12-14 vs. Southern Illinois, W 87-53
1-24-14 vs. Bradley, W 78-65
1-26-14 vs. Loyola, W 70-59
2-6-14 at Southern Illinois, W 78-48
2-14-14 vs. Missouri State, W 79-60
2-16-14 vs. Wichita State, W 80-71
2-21-14 at Loyola, W 73-49
2-23-14 at Bradley, W 81-77
3-2-14 at Drake, W 99-97 OT
3-6-14 vs. Illinois State, W 89-70
3-8-14 vs. Indiana State, L 85-72

Conference Power: During the non-conference season, the Panthers had two players averaging in double figures and only two shooting 40 percent or higher. In MVC play, four of the five starters are currently averaging double figures.

Jen Keitel, 18 games, .630 FG %, 14.6 ppg
Stephanie Davison, 18 games, .403 FG %, 10.9 ppg
Brittni Donaldson, 18 games, .397 FG %, 10.4 ppg
Brooke Brown, 18 games, .410 FG %, 10.3 ppg

Three All-Time: Brooke Brown, Brittni Donaldson and Hannah Schonhardt are all ranked on the UNI all-time list in several different categories, all dealing with three-point shooting.

Career 3-point Field Goals Made
11. Brittni Donaldson, 107
18. Brooke Brown, 84

Career 3-point Field Goal Percentage
3. Hannah Schonhardt, 41.9 percent
18. Brooke Brown, 33.6 percent
23. Brittni Donaldson, 32.8 percent

Late Season Surge: Brooke Brown scored a career-high 20 points against Bradley (2/23), shooting 7-of-13 from the field.

Leading Minutes: UNI had not trailed in a game since the match-up against Evansville on Feb. 8 prior to the game against Indiana State (3/8). The Panthers led for 1,225 straight minutes.

Freshman Highs: Madison Weekly reached double figures for the fifth time this season against Loyola (2/21), chipping in a career-high 23 points. It is the most the true freshman has scored during MVC play, finishing with a career-high six three-pointers made.

Distinguished Number: Madison Weekly’s six made three-pointers ties for third all-time at UNI in treys made in a game. She is only the 15th player in UNI history to achieve the mark and the second this season. Amber Sorenson drained six three-pointers against Missouri State (1/20).

Depth in Points: UNI’s bench outscored the Ramblers 43-17. Amber Sorenson led the Panthers off the bench with 11 points.  The Panthers are 7-2 during MVC play when UNI’s bench outscores its opponents.

Winning Percentages: In the 17 games that the Panthers have won this season, three different players are averaging in double figures in those games.

17 Wins
Jen Keitel, 15.7 ppg
Stephanie Davison, 11.6 ppg
Hannah Schonhardt, 10.3 ppg

Playing at 100 Percent: Hannah Schonhardt finished the game against Bradley (2/23) shooting 100 percent from the field and the free throw line. She hit all four shot attempts she took and drained her two free throw attempts to stay perfect across the board.

Coming to an End: UNI ended No. 24 Wichita State’s 20-game winning streak on Feb. 16, defeating the Shockers 80-71. It also ended their 14-game conference winning streak that dated back to last season.

Guarding the Point: Starting point guard Brittni Donaldson finished with 22 points against the No. 24 Shockers (2/16). She also notched four assists and no turnovers against arguably one of the best defensive teams in the league. She earned College Sports Madness Missouri Valley Conference player of the week for her performance against Wichita State and her 14-point outing against Missouri State (2/14).

Team Effort: The Panthers made a season-high 33 free throws against Wichita State (2/16). The total included a career-high 13 from Brooke Brown.

Just Shy: Stephanie Davison scored a team and game-high 21 points against Missouri State (2/14), just two points shy of her career-high 23. It was her second-highest shooting percentage performance this season and the fourth time she has shot 60 percent or higher.

vs. Minnesota (7-11), .636 FG%
at NDSU (7-11), .636 FG%
at Illinois State (7-10), .700 FG%
vs. Missouri State (9-13), .692 FG%

Double Trouble: The Panthers have had three different players reach the double-double mark this season. At least one player has notched a double-double in nine games this season.

Players with Double-Doubles
11-20-13 at NDSU, Jen Keitel (24 pts, 12 rbs)
1-5-14 at Illinois State, Jen Keitel (19 pts, 10 rbs)
1-20-14 at Missouri State, Hannah Schonhardt (15 pts, 12 rbs)
1-24-14 vs. Bradley, Hannah Schonhardt (11 pts, 11 rbs)
1-26-14 vs. Loyola, Jen Keitel (14 pts, 10 rbs)
2-2-14 vs. Drake, Hannah Schonhardt (11 pts, 17 rbs)
2-2-14 vs. Drake, Stephanie Davison (10 pts, 11 rbs)
2-2-14 vs. Drake, Jen Keitel (14 pts, 10 rbs)
2-8-14 at Evansville, Hannah Schonhardt (11 pts, 11 rbs)
2-23-14 at Bradley, Jen Keitel (17 pts, 10 rbs)
3-2-14 at Drake, Jen Keitel (28 pts, 13 rbs)

80 or More: UNI posted 99 points in its overtime victory over Drake (3/2). UNI is currently 24-1 in the Tanya Warren era when scoring 80 or more points.

UNI Scoring 80+ in Warren Era
3/6/14 - Illinois State, W 89-70
3/2/14 - Drake, W 99-97 OT
2/23/14 - Bradley, W 81-77
2/16/14 - Wichita State, W 80-71
1/12/14 - Southern Illinois, W 87-53
1/5/14 - Illinois State, W 83-63
11/20/13 - North Dakota State, W 86-82
2/10/13 - Missouri State, W 82-78
12/4/12 - Chicago State, W 81-41
3/15/12 - Stephen F. Austin, W 83-67
1/29/12 - Drake, W 82-77 OT
11/14/11 - Chicago State, W 88-54
11/26/11 - Youngstown State, W 90-73
3/11/11 - Bradley, W 87-57
1/15/11 - Drake, W 89-51
1/6/11 - Missouri State, W 80-69
12/11/10 - South Dakota State, W 81-60
3/6/10 - Wichita State, W 85-66
2/13/10 - Bradley, W 84-60
1/30/10 - Indiana State, W 85-68
1/9/10 - Evansville, W 99-57
1/2/10 - Missouri State, L 90-80
12/13/09 - South Dakota, W 80-60
3/5/09 - Wichita State, W 80-48
1/17/09 - Bradley, W 92-76

Free Throws Count: Brooke Brown and Jen Keitel are both currently ranked in the top-10 in free throw percentage in the MVC. Brown is sitting at No. 4 with a 81.9 FT percent while Keitel comes in at No. 10 with a 74.7 FT percent. UNI as a team is ranked first, shooting 74.1 percent as a group.

Rejecting the Lane: The Panthers are currently ranked third in the MVC in blocks with 110. They are averaging 3.8 per game. UNI also has three players ranked individually in the top-20 of all MVC players this season in the category. Jen Keitel leads the team and is ranked fifth in the MVC with 36.

11 X 11: UNI finished with four of the five starters in double figures against the Purple Aces (2/8). Brooke Brown, Jen Keitel, Hannah Schonhardt and Stephanie Davison scored 11 points each.

Chipping In: UNI finished the game against Drake (2/2) with three out of the five starters notching double-doubles and four out of the five starters reaching double figures in scoring. Brittni Donaldson was just one point and two assists away from grabbing the fourth double-double of the game.

Stephanie Davison, 10 pts - 10 rebounds
Hannah Schonhardt, 11 pts - 17 rebounds
Jen Keitel, 14 pts - 10 rebounds
Brooke Brown, 14 pts

Stay off the Glass: UNI had 22 defensive rebounds and allowed no offensive boards in the first half against Drake (2/2). The Panthers finished with a season-high 50 rebounds against the Bulldogs, outrebounding them 50-35.

Treys for Days: Brooke Brown has moved into the top-10 in three-point field goal percentage in the MVC. She is now sixth in the league, shooting 37.4 percent while Brittni Donaldson is ranked ninth shooting 35.7 percent. Donaldson is also ranked sixth in treys made with 46 followed by Amber Sorenson at No. 8 with 45. UNI is ranked second in the league as a team in three-pointers made with 7.6 per game.

Give-and-Go: Of UNI’s 440 baskets scored in MVC play, 290 of them have come from assists (65.9 percent). That percentage is the highest among league teams.

Player of the Week: Jen Keitel earned College Sports Madness, Madness Missouri Valley Player of the Week for her performances against Bradley and Loyola. She finished the weekend with 39 points, 15 rebounds and six assists.

Climbing the Charts: The Panthers currently have two players on the 2013-14 roster on the all-time list for rebounding average. Jen Keitel is ranked 13th all-time at UNI with a career rebounding average of 6.0 while Hannah Schonhardt is No. 18 on the list with an average of 5.5.

Working Off the Court: The Panthers achieved the highest team GPA for the fall of 2013 than any other sports team at UNI for the second year in a row. UNI had a combined GPA of 3.57.

Scholar-Athlete of the Week: Sophomore Stephanie Davison earned Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week honors for her work in the classroom and on the court for the period of Jan. 6-12. Davison maintains a 3.74 grade-point average while majoring in graphic technologies and art: graphic design.

Points From the Arc: Amber Sorenson has made 55 field goals this season with 45 of those being three-pointers. She finished shooting 6-for-10 from the three-point line against Missouri State (1/20). Her six three-pointers made ties for second all-time at UNI in three-pointers made in a game.

13 for Three: UNI finished the game with 13 three-pointers made against the Bears (1/20). The 13 made three-pointers is also a new record for JQH Arena for men’s and women’s games.

Program History: UNI picked up its 500th win in program history with its 68-60 win over MSU (1/20)

Low Scoring: UNI held Evansville (1/10) to just 19 points in the first half in the 64-56 victory over the Purple Aces, marking their lowest point total at halftime. The Panthers also held Evansville’s leading scorer, Sara Dickey, to just five points. She came into the game against UNI averaging 18.8 PPG.

She’s Got Ups: Brooke Brown notched a career-high 13 rebounds against Evansville (1/10). Her previous career high was seven, set against North Dakota State this season.

Gaining Momentum: Brittni Donaldson has stepped into the starting point guard role for the Panthers during MVC play. In the first 10 games of the season, she was averaging 10.8 minutes and 2.3 points. During MVC play, she is averaging 24.2 minutes and 10.4 points.

Points All Around: Out of the 12 players from UNI that saw action against Southern Illinois (1/12), 11 scored at least two points. Among the 11 players that scored, three players finished in double figures and three players also reached career-highs in points.

50/50: Sophomore Jen Keitel has shot the ball well this season, shooting for 50 percent or higher in 22 out of the 29 games this season. She has also shot 60 percent or higher 12 times this season.

60 percent or higher
vs. UTPA (11-30-13), .667 FG pct.|
vs. Iowa State (12-4-13), .667 FG pct.
vs. Illinois State (1-5-14), .615 FG pct.
vs. Missouri State (1-20-14), .833 FG pct.
vs. Bradley (1-24-14), .786 FG pct.
vs. Loyola (1-26-14), .750 FG pct.
vs. Drake (2-2-14), .636 FG pct.
vs. Southern Illinois (2-6-14), .889 FG pct.
vs. Bradley (2-23-14), .714 FG pct.
vs. Drake (3-2-14), .800 FG pct.
|vs. Illinois State (3-6-14), .769 FG pct.
vs. Indiana State (3-8-14), .818 FG pct.

Schonhardt in Numbers: Sophomore Hannah Schonhardt scored a career-high 24 points against the NIU Huskies (12/20) and drained a career-high nine field goals.

Reaching New Heights: Sophomore Jen Keitel came away with a new career-high five blocks against the South Dakota Coyotes (12/10). The school record for blocks in a game is nine, set by Cassie Hager in 2006. 

Gaining Experience: Prior to the 2013-14 season, Amber Sorenson had only seen action in nine games, averaging 4.0 minutes and 0.8 points. She only scored seven total points during the 2012-13 season. This season, the sophomore has played in all 29 games, averaging 15.8 minutes and 5.6 points.

All-Tournament: True freshman Madison Weekly was named to the UTSA Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament team for her performances against UTSA (11/29) and UTPA (11/30).

In-State Attendance: The Panthers battled the Iowa Hawkeyes to the last minute of the game (11/24) in front of a season-high crowd of 3,502. The McLeod Center attendance record for a women’s game is 4,077, set against Iowa during the 2011-12 season.

Getting the Numbers: Stephanie Davison only averaged 3.0 points per game during the 2012-13 season, playing an average of 12 minutes a game. This season, the sophomore has been averaging 10.4 points per game and 28.0 minutes.

Home Sweet Home: The UNI women’s basketball program is currently 71-38 inside the McLeod Center, including seven wins at home during the 2012 season and nine this season.

In the 100-Win Club: Head coach Tanya Warren broke the 100-career win mark during the 2012-13 season when UNI defeated Evansville on March 3. Warren now holds a 121-103 overall record during her seven years at UNI.

WNIT Win: The UNI women’s basketball program notched its first WNIT win in program history last season, beating Marquette 61-59. It marked the first time the Panthers had been in the WNIT since the 2005-06 season.

WNIT Appearances
2000-01: at DePaul, L OT 76-73
2002-03: at Baylor, L 58-56
2005-06: at Kansas, L 59-49
2012-13: at Marquette, W 61-59
2012-13: at Ball State, L 53-48

Preseason Polls: The UNI women were picked to finish third in the Missouri Valley Preseason Poll. The Panthers have been voted in the top-half of the conference in six out of the seven years that Tanya Warren has been at the helm. UNI has finished the MVC regular season in the top-half of the conference in the last four seasons.

Preseason Poll Vote (Regular Season Finish)
2007-08: 8th (7th)
2008-09: 5th (6th)
2009-10: 4th (5th)
2010-11: 2nd (1st)
2011-12: 2nd (5th)
2012-13: 4th (4th)

 


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