Women's Basketball Invitational - First Round
Thu., Mar. 15
at Stephen F. Austin (23-9, 11-5 Southland)
William R. Johnson Coliseum
Radio: 1330-AM KWLO
The University of Northern Iowa women's basketball team (16-14, 9-9 MVC) will make its third-consecutive postseason tournament appearance when it takes on the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks in a Women's Basketball Invitational first round game on Thu., Mar. 15, at 7 p.m.
PANTHER QUICK SHOTS...
- The Panthers are making their third straight appearance in a postseason tournament after securing the school's first two NCAA Tournament bids in 2010 and 2011.
- UNI has won 60 games since the start of the 2009-10 season, marking the most wins in school history over a span of three seasons.
- UNI is the only school taking part in the 2012 WBI that qualified for the NCAA Tournament in the 2010-11 season. The Panthers earned the Missouri Valley Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with MVC Tournament titles in each of the past two seasons.
- UNI's three seniors - Katelin Oney, Rachel Madrigal and K.K. Armstrong - own 25 spots in the Top-20 of the school's career records leaderboards. Oney, Madrigal and Armstrong have played in a combined 353 games for UNI.
- With a 68-66 win over Drake on Feb. 26, UNI locked up a third straight season with 16 or more wins. The Panthers have only accomplished that feat one other time in school history, winning at least 17 games in the 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons.
- This is UNI's sixth appearance in a postseason tournament. Aside from NCAA Tournament berths in 2010 and 2011, the Panthers made WNIT appearances in 2001, 2003 and 2006, dropping a first-round contest each time.
- Seniors Rachel Madrigal and K.K. Armstrong are each expected to play in their 125th career game when the Panthers take on the Ladyjacks on Thursday, putting them at No. 2 on the UNI all-time list.
- UNI's starters have scored 85 percent of the team's points this season. Panther starters are averaging 54.5 of the team's 64.1 points per game.
- UNI senior Rachel Madrigal led the MVC with 36 blocks in 18 league games. For the season, Madrigal's 46 blocks make her only the fifth player in UNI history to surpass 40 blocks in a single season.
- After racking up 29 assists in her last seven games, UNI senior K.K. Armstrong is up to 114 assists on the season. Armstrong is one of six players in UNI history to record at least 110 assists in a single season. Her 355 career assists are fifth in school history.
- The Panthers are coming off back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament. UNI earned the program's first-ever bid by winning the 2010 MVC Tournament. In 2011, the Panthers secured the regular-season championship with a 17-1 mark and again won the MVC Tournament title.
SCOUTING STEPHEN F. AUSTIN
The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks are 23-9 overall and 11-5 in the Southland Conference this season. SFA advanced to the finals of the Southland Conference Tournament before dropping the title game to McNeese State, 60-56.
The Ladyjacks are led by senior guard Tammara Marion's 14.8 points per game, as she is the only SFA player to average in double digits for the season. Marion has drained 87 three-pointers on the year, and her 40.3 percent shooting percentage from beyond the arc ranks No. 13 in all of Division I. Freshman center Porsha Roberts is averaging 9.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game.
Head coach Brandon Schneider is in his second season at SFA and his 14th season overall.
UNI and SFA have never met on the basketball court. UNI is 1-1 all-time against Southland Conference opponents. The Ladyjacks' last postseason appearance was in the 2010 WNIT, where they fell to Creighton, 76-65.
UNI Postseason History:
3/16/2001 at DePaul L(OT), 73-76 WNIT
3/20/2003 at Baylor L, 56-58 WNIT
3/16/2006 at Kansas L, 49-59 WNIT
3/21/2010 Nebraska L, 44-83 NCAA
3/20/2011 Michigan St. L, 66-69 NCAA
NOT BY MUCH
UNI may be 0-5 all-time in postseason tournament play, but the margin of defeat has not been terribly large. Excluding the Panthers' loss to top-seeded Nebraska in the 2010 NCAA Tournament, UNI's four postseason losses have come by a total of 18 points.
RARE SOUTHLAND MATCHUP
UNI's last meeting with a Southland Conference opponent came on Nov. 30, 2002, when the Panthers topped Sam Houston State 88-49 at a tournament in Houston. UNI is 1-1 all-time against teams from the Southland Conference, with the only other game being a loss at SW Texas State (now Texas State) on Dec. 2, 1989.
UNI has not played in the state of Texas since its first-round WNIT loss at Baylor on Mar. 20, 2003.
COACH WARREN'S POSTSEASON TRADITION
With a 2012 berth in the WBI, UNI head coach Tanya Warren joins Tony DiCecco as just the second coach in school history to land three postseason appearances in her tenure. Warren is the only coach to rack up three postseason appearances in her first five seasons at UNI.
PROTECT THE BALL
UNI has been climbing the national rankings in turnovers as the season has progressed. Currently, the Panthers rank No. 29 in the country for the fewest turnovers per game at 14.3. The Panthers have committed an average of just 12.2 turnovers per game over their past 11 contests.
Senior guard K.K. Armstrong is 10th on the UNI all-time scoring list. Armstrong (1,203 career points) scored nine points at Wichita State on March 3 to pass Alex Cook (2001-05) for 10th all-time.
KEYS TO THE GAME
UNI is 14-3 this season when holding its opponents to under 44-percent shooting and 2-11 when allowing better than 44-percent shooting. The Panthers are 8-1 when out-rebounding their opponents.
GOOD, GOOD, REALLY GOOD
With the Panthers' victory over Illinois State on Jan. 14, UNI head coach Tanya Warren earned her 79th career win and moved to No. 2 on the school's all-time wins list. Warren (84 wins, 2007-present) passed Wanda Green (78 wins, 1968-78) and now trails only Tony DiCecco (183 wins, 1995-2007) for most victories as a UNI women's basketball head coach.
UNI's starters have scored 85 percent of the team's points this season. Panther starters are averaging 54.5 of the team's 64.1 points per game.
THE THREE SENIORS
30 games into the season, UNI's top three scorers are separated by only 35 points. Seniors K.K. Armstrong (392 points), Katelin Oney (385 points) and Rachel Madrigal (357 points) lead the Panthers' scoring attack. All three have scored 25 or more points in a game this season.
UNI has connected on six or more three-pointers in 14 of the last 18 games. The Panthers are averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game, ranking them No. 33 in the nation.
Seven different Panthers have made at least three three-pointers in a game this season. They include: Katelin Oney (9 times), Rachel Madrigal (7 times), Mercedees Morgan (4 times), Brooke Brown (3 times), K.K. Armstrong (twice), Brittni Donaldson (twice) and Jess McDowell (once).
UNI leads the MVC in turnover margin through 30 games with an average of plus-3.13 per contest.
REBOUND TO WIN
UNI is 8-1 this season when it out-rebounds its opponent. The Panthers' only loss in a game in which they won the rebounding battle came on Jan. 12 against Indiana State.
In their 16 wins this season, the Panthers have averaged a plus-0.1 rebounding margin. In 14 losses, UNI is averaging a negative-9.6 rebounding margin.
UNI is 10-3 this season when its starting lineup spends more than 13 minutes together on the floor. The Panthers' three losses came on Nov. 19 against Iowa (78-74), on Jan. 12 against Indiana State (68-62), and on Mar. 1 at Missouri State (80-68).
The Panthers own a 10-1 mark this season when they post a higher field goal percentage than their opponents, with their only loss coming to Creighton in the MVC Tournament quarterfinals.
In its 16 wins this season, UNI held its opponents to 37.4 percent shooting. In 14 losses, opponents shot 46.8 percent from the floor.
UNI has never had the same leading scorer for three consecutive games this season. In fact, the Panthers have only had the same leading scorer in back-to-back games four times.
2012 All-Missouri Valley Conference Honorees
K.K. Armstrong Sr. Guard Second Team
Rachel Madrigal Sr. Guard All-Defensive Team
Amber Kirschbaum Jr. Forward Scholar-Athlete Second Team
UNI Single-Game Postseason Records
Points 21 Amy Swisher at DePaul (WNIT) 3/16/01
21 Amy Swisher at Baylor (WNIT) 3/20/03
21 Jacqui Kalin vs. Michigan St. (NCAA) 3/20/11
Rebounds 11 Abbi Schutte at DePaul (WNIT) 3/16/01
11 Sarah Larsen at Baylor (WNIT) 3/20/03
Assists 4 Sarah Larsen at Kansas (WNIT) 3/16/06
Steals 4 Lizzie Boeck vs. Michigan St. (NCAA) 3/20/11
Blocks 2 Cassie Hager at Kansas (WNIT) 3/16/06
2 Erin Brocka vs. Nebraska (NCAA) 3/21/10
Amber Kirschbaum Notes
- MVC Scholar-Athlete second team selection for the 2011-12 season.
- Has played in all 96 games since joining UNI for the 2009-10 season.
- No. 7 in the MVC with 7.3 rebounds per game.
- Posted double-digit rebounds in nine games this season.
- Leads UNI in rebounds (220), is second on the team in blocks (30), and third on the team in steals (36).
- UNI is 4-0 this season when Kirschbaum records a double-double, winning each of those contests by at least 10 points.
- Her 60 career blocks rank No. 10 all-time at UNI.
- Put together a string of 16 consecutive free throws made that stretched from the first half against Illinois State on Jan. 14 to the second half against Evansville on Feb. 4.
- Notched her fourth double-double of the season with 23 points and a career-high-matching 15 rebounds in a 73-51 win over Southern Illinois on Feb. 2.
- Kirschbaum's hot shooting in the first half against Bradley on Jan. 20 kept UNI in the game while the rest of the team struggled. With seven minutes remaining in the first half (and UNI leading 16-15), Amber Kirschbaum was 5-of-5 shooting and the rest of the Panthers were a combined 0-for-14.
- Recorded her third double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds at Evansville on Jan. 5.
- Posted back-to-back double-doubles - the third and fourth of her career - to lead UNI to a tournament championship at the Loyola Marymount Thanksgiving Classic on Nov. 25-26 in Los Angeles. In wins over Wyoming and Youngstown State, she scored 36 points and pulled down 25 rebounds, recording a new single-game career-high in each of those categories.
- Named Tournament MVP at the Loyola Marymount Thanksgiving Classic.
Katelin Oney Notes
- Her 215 three-point attempts this season are the second-most in a single season in UNI history. The record, set by Jacqui Kalin in the 2009-10 season, is 216 attempts.
- One of only four Panthers in school history to put together two seasons with more than 55 made three-pointers (2010-11 and 2011-12).
- Second on UNI in scoring with 12.8 points per game.
- Averaging 15.2 points in 13 road games this season.
- The Panthers' leading scorer in MVC play with an average of 13.8 points to rank 11th in the league.
- 6th all-time at UNI with 139 career three-pointers -- 59 of those coming this season.
- 11th all-time at UNI with a career three-point percentage of 34.1%.
- She's drained at least one trey in 23 of 30 games this season, including an earlier streak of 12 straight games with a three-pointer.
- Scored in double-digits in 11 consecutive games from Jan. 7 at Southern Illinois to Feb. 17 at Bradley.
- Drained five threes at Missouri State on March 1 to move into sixth place all-time at UNI in three-pointers made.
- Scored a career-high 33 points at Southern Illinois on Jan. 7 - the most in a game by a Missouri Valley Conference player this season. Oney's performance tied for the 11th-best single-game scoring output in UNI history. She scored 22 of her 33 points in the second half and set a new career highs in free throws made and attempted, going 10-of-16 at the line.
- Hit six three-pointers at nationally-ranked Green Bay on Dec. 4 to reach 100 career three-pointers made in a Panther uniform. Oney was one triple shy of tying the UNI single-game record of seven.
Rachel Madrigal Notes
- Tied for second all-time at UNI with 124 games played.
- Led the MVC with 36 blocks in 18 conference games.
- Her 46 blocks on the season make her only the fifth player in UNI history to surpass 40 blocks in a single season.
- Ranks fifth all-time at UNI with 89 career blocks.
- Has played 35 minutes or more in nine straight games.
- No. 2 in the MVC with 36.7 minutes per game in league play.
- Ranks No. 6 in the MVC with a 49.2 percent field goal percentage.
- Ranks No. 8 in the MVC with a free-throw percentage of 80.9%.
- Only seven players in UNI history have a higher career field goal percentage than Madrigal (.469) while making at least as many shots (271).
- Scored a career-high 26 points at Drake on Jan. 29, including a game-tying three-pointer to force overtime in the Panthers' 82-77 victory.
- Her five blocks against Indiana State on Jan. 12 are tied for the most in a game by an MVC player this season.
- Average of 35.6 minutes per game is currently the fifth-highest for a season in UNI history.
- Played 37 or more minutes in six consecutive games from Dec. 31-Jan.20, including 117 out of 120 minutes in the Panthers' three contests against Indiana State (1/12), Illinois State (1/14) and Bradley (1/20).
- Played 36 minutes or more on 19 different occasions this season, including 40 minutes or more five times.
- After averaging 4.1 points per game through the first three seasons of her career, Madrigal is scoring 11.9 points per game this season.
K.K. Armstrong Notes
- Tied for second all-time at UNI with 124 games played.
- 10th on the UNI all-time scoring list. Armstrong (1,203 career points) scored nine points at Wichita State on March 3 to pass Alex Cook (2001-05) for 10th all-time.
- 3rd at UNI all-time in free throws attempted (483).
- 3rd at UNI all-time in free throws made (355).
- 5th at UNI all-time in assists (355).
- 6th at UNI all-time in steals (178).
- No. 3 in the Valley in assists per game (4.1) and T-4 in steals per game (2.5).
- One of 9 players in UNI history to record at least 110 assists in a single season.
- No. 2 in the MVC with a 1.5 assist-to-turnover ratio.
- Has scored in 64 consecutive games.
- Has 38 steals in her last 13 games.
- One assist short of recording the second triple-double in school history and the 11th in MVC history on Jan. 14 in a win over Illinois State. Armstrong scored 17 points, matched her career-high with 10 rebounds, and set a new career-best with nine assists against the Redbirds.
- Eight steals against Bradley on Jan. 20 tied Evansville's Briyana Blair for the most by an MVC player this season. Armstrong was one steal shy of matching the UNI single-game school record of nine, set by Allison Starr in 1999.
- 21st player in UNI history to score more than 1,000 career points. She started only 29 games on her way to the accomplishment. No other Panther did it with less than 64 starts.
- Owns a cumulative plus/minus mark of plus-96 to lead the Panthers in that stat category -- meaning that, in Armstrong's minutes this season, UNI has outscored its opposition by 96 points.
Sharnae Lamar Notes
- Scored a season-high seven points and dished out three assists at Wichita State on Mar. 3.
- Played 21 minutes in the Panthers' regular season finale at Wichita State on Mar. 3 -- her most in a conference game this season.
- Averaging 10.4 minutes per contest as a true freshman, having played in 29 of 30 games.
- Scored six points, notched six assists, and grabbed four rebounds in just her second collegiate game on Nov. 14 at Chicago State.
Jess McDowell Notes
- Four games of six or more rebounds this season, with each occurring in under 24 minutes of playing time.
- Matched her career-high with eight rebounds at Wichita State on Mar. 3.
- Has recorded at least two rebounds in 16 of the last 18 games.
- Played a career-high 24 minutes off the bench at Bradley on Feb. 17.
- Tallied a career-high three steals at Drake on Jan. 29.
- Made her first career start against Iowa State on Dec. 20.
- Scored a career-high 11 points and was 3-of-5 from three-point range against the Cyclones on Dec. 20.
- Doubled her previous career high in rebounds in UNI's 90-73 win over Youngstown State on Nov. 26. McDowell pulled down eight rebounds in only 12 minutes on the floor, doubling her previous best of four boards.
Brooke Brown Notes
- Has started nine of the last 10 games in place of an injured Mercedees Morgan.
- Played 20.8 minutes per game in MVC play after averaging 9.0 minutes in non-conference games.
- Tallied a career-best 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting vs. Drake on Feb. 26.
- Played a career-high 35 minutes against Drake on Feb. 26.
- Has drained three treys in a game three times this season.
- Set then-career-highs of 12 points in each of the Panthers' meetings with Bradley this season.
Brittni Donaldson Notes
- Has scored 21 points in her last three games after scoring 19 points over the previous nine games.
- Tied for the team lead in scoring at Wichita State on Mar. 3 with nine points.
- Missed four MVC games with a knee injury.
- Made her first career start at Iowa State on Dec. 20.
- Scored in double-digits four times in her first 10 collegiate games.
- Has made three three-pointers in a game twice this season.
- Her seven points against SIU on Feb. 2 were her most since scoring 11 at North Dakota on Dec. 17.
- Scored 13 points, grabbed six rebounds, and dished out five assists at Chicago State on Nov. 14.
Amanda Barton Notes
- Second on the team with 0.28 rebounds per minute.
- Pulled down a season-best four rebounds at Creighton on Jan. 27.
- Scored a season-high five points at Chicago State on Nov. 14.