Creighton (15-11, 9-6 MVC)
Cedar Falls, Iowa
TV: MVC-TV (Fox Sports Midwest, Fox College Sports, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, ESPN3)
Radio: KWLO 1330 AM
Sun., Feb. 26
Drake - Senior Day (13-13, 7-8 MVC)
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Radio: KWLO 1330 AM
The University of Northern Iowa women's basketball team (15-10, 8-6 MVC) will play its final two MVC home games of the season this weekend. The Panthers host Creighton on Feb. 24 at 8:30 p.m. and Drake on Feb. 26 at 3 p.m.
Friday's game against Creighton will be the Panthers' Pink Zone game, aiming to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer. UNI head coach Tanya Warren has pledged $25 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure for each three-pointer the Panthers make.
Other Pink Zone activities on Feb. 24 will include:
Silent auction that will start before the game and end at halftime. Auction items include:
Signed shoes from UNI seniors Rachel Madrigal, Katelin Oney and K.K. Armstrong
Pink basketball signed by the entire team
Colleges Against Cancer Basket
The first 500 fans will receive pink three-point cards. All fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game.
All tickets to the Panthers' game against Drake on Sunday are only $1. Granny Basketball will entertain at halftime, and UNI players will be holding a post-game autograph session.
TICKETS UP FOR GRABS
Two contestants will compete in a free throw contest during Sunday's game, with the winner claiming a four-pack of tickets to the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Des Moines Regional.
PANTHER QUICK SHOTS...
- UNI has won 59 games since the start of the 2009-10 season, marking the most in school history over a span of three seasons.
- UNI will honor three seniors - Katelin Oney, Rachel Madrigal and K.K. Armstrong - prior to Sunday's game with Drake. Together, the three Panthers own 22 spots in the Top-20 of the school's career records leaderboards. Oney, Madrigal and Armstrong have played in a combined 338 games for UNI.
- UNI needs one more victory to guarantee 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.
- Creighton leads the all-time series 31-16, but UNI has won four of the last five meetings between the schools. The Bluejays' last win in Cedar Falls was a 67-59 overtime decision on Feb. 21, 2009.
- Drake leads the all-time series with UNI, 51-19, but the Panthers have won five meetings in a row and 12 of the last 16 contests between the schools.
- UNI's starters have scored 85 percent of the team's points this season. Panther starters are averaging 55.7 of the team's 65.6 points per game.
- Panther senior Katelin Oney has scored in double-digits in 11 consecutive games. The last time Oney did not tally double-digit points was at Evansville on Jan. 5.
- Only five players in UNI history have a higher career field goal percentage than Rachel Madrigal (.474) while making at least as many shots (256).
- At 5-foot, 7-inches tall, K.K. Armstrong is the shortest player in the MVC to average more than 6.0 rebounds per game in league play.
- The Panthers are currently in the midst of a three-game MVC losing streak. UNI has not lost four straight MVC games since Jan. 23-Feb. 1, 2009.
- K.K. Armstrong and Rachel Madrigal have each played in 119 career games to rank sixth 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.
The Creighton Bluejays are 15-11 overall and 9-6 in MVC action heading into their Feb. 24 game with UNI. Creighton is 6-6 on the road this season and 2-4 in road MVC games. The Bluejays have defeated Southern Illinois, Illinois State and Indiana State in their current three-game winning streak.
Creighton head coach Jim Flanery is in his 10th season leading the Bluejays, holding a record of 185-127 as a head coach.
Statistically, Creighton has been led by a pair of sophomores this season. Guard Carli Tritz has led the Bluejays with 15.5 points and 3.9 assists per game in league play. Forward Sarah Nelson has put up 13.9 points and 8.3 rebounds per game for the MVC season.
Creighton leads the all-time series 31-16, but UNI has won four of the last five meetings between the schools. The Bluejays' last win in Cedar Falls was a 67-59 overtime decision on Feb. 21, 2009.
The Drake Bulldogs are 13-13 overall and 7-8 in MVC play. Drake is 5-6 in away games this season and 3-4 in road MVC games.
Drake head coach Amy Stephens is in her ninth season leading the Bluejays, holding a record of 146-127 at Drake. Stephens owns a record of 343-1170 in 16 seasons as a collegiate head coach.
Senior center Rachael Hackbarth leads the Bulldogs with 20.6 points and 12.1 rebounds per game in league play. Hackbarth is also shooting 56.2 percent from the field in MVC games.
Drake leads the all-time series with UNI, 51-19, but the Panthers have won five meetings in a row and 12 of the last 16 contests between the schools. UNI pulled out an 82-77 overtime victory when the two teams met in Des Moines on Jan. 29 this season.
LAST TIME vs. CREIGHTON
UNI fell behind 10-0 in the game's first four minutes when the two teams met in Omaha on Jan. 27, and Creighton held a 37-20 halftime lead. The Bluejays led by as many as 21 points before settling on a final score of 65-50.
UNI shot just 16-of-52 (30.8 percent) for the game, as Katelin Oney led with 14 points.
LAST TIME vs. DRAKE
Rachel Madrigal scored a career-high 26 points, including a three-pointer with six seconds remaining to force overtime and lift UNI to an 82-77 victory at Drake on Jan. 29. UNI trailed 64-58 with one minute to play before closing regulation with a 10-4 run that sent the game to overtime.
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 14.6. The Panthers have committed an average of just 11.7 turnovers per game over their past six contests.
9 NEEDED FOR 11th PLACE
Senior guard K.K. Armstrong needs nine points to move into 11th place on the UNI all-time career scoring list. Armstrong has 1,125 points to currently rank 12th. Kary Dawson (1997-01) is 11th with 1,133 career points.
KEYS TO THE GAME
UNI is 14-1 this season when holding its opponents to under 44 percent shooting and 8-1 when out-rebounding its opponents.
Four Panthers are averaging double-figures in points in MVC games: Katelin Oney (14.1 ppg), Rachel Madrigal (12.7 ppg), K.K. Armstrong (12.5 ppg), and Amber Kirschbaum (10.1 ppg).
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 (83 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 55.7 of the team's 65.6 points per game.
THE THREE SENIORS
25 games into the season, UNI's top three scorers are separated by only 21 points. Seniors Katelin Oney (331 points), K.K. Armstrong (314 points) and Rachel Madrigal (310 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 11 of the last 13 games. The Panthers are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game, ranking them No. 28 in the nation.
Seven different Panthers have made at least three three-pointers in a game this season. They include: Katelin Oney (7 times), Rachel Madrigal (6 times), Mercedees Morgan (4 times), K.K. Armstrong (twice), Brooke Brown (twice), Brittni Donaldson (once) and Jess McDowell (once).
UNI leads the MVC in turnover margin through 25 games with an average of plus-3.20 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 15 wins this season, the Panthers have averaged a plus-0.7 rebounding margin. In 10 losses, UNI is averaging a negative-9.9 rebounding margin.
UNI is 9-2 this season when its starting lineup spends more than 13 minutes together on the floor. The Panthers' two losses came on Nov. 19 against Iowa (78-74) and on Jan. 12 against Indiana State (68-62).
The Panthers own a perfect 10-0 mark this season when they post a higher field goal percentage than their opponents.
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 three times.