TERRE HAUTE, Ind.. - The University of Northern Iowa women's basketball team struggled offensively on Sunday afternoon, shooting a season-low percentage from the field in a 71-60 loss at the hands of Indiana State at the Hulman Center.
UNI (15-9, 8-5 MVC) shot a season-low 25.5 percent from the field and was 6-of-30 (20 percent) on three-point attempts. Indiana State hit 46.9 percent of their shots and 36.8 percent from beyond the arc.
Senior Katelin Oney led the Panthers with 16 points. K.K. Armstrong had 15 points, and Rachel Madrigal added 12. Armstrong led UNI on the glass with eight rebounds and added five assists and four steals to her stat line.
Indiana State (12-12, 6-6 MVC) won the rebounding battle by a 42-33 margin. Anna Munn scored 17 points to pace the Sycamores. Senior center Shannon Thomas posted a double-double with 13 points and 18 rebounds.
UNI went 26-of-34 at the charity stripe, marking its second-most free throw attempts of the season.
The Panthers and Sycamores were tied 30-30 at halftime after a first half that featured five lead changes and four ties. UNI fell behind 6-0 early and trailed 13-7 with 13 minutes left in the half, but the Panthers strung together a 16-4 run to take a 23-17 lead at the six-minute mark. Indiana State battled back to tie the contest at 23-all, and the game was tied at 30 at the break.
With the game tied at 34-34 early in the second half, Indiana State put together a 10-0 run and eventually opened up a 51-38 lead with 12 minutes to play. The Panthers responded to cut the deficit to seven at 54-47, but the Sycamores scored seven straight points and never looked back.
The Panthers shot just 5-of-31 (16.1 percent) over the game's final 20 minutes.
UNI played a majority of the game short-handed, as junior Mercedees Morgan was lost to a knee injury late in the first half. The Panthers' three seniors - Oney, Madrigal and Armstrong - all faced foul trouble, with Madrigal eventually fouling out late in the game.
UNI will return to action with a 6 p.m. contest at Bradley on Fri., Feb. 17.