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Women’s College Basketball: UNI falls to #25 Missouri State, 64-60


This news story was published on January 16, 2021.
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Game photo via UNI Athletics

CEDAR FALLS – A fourth-quarter comeback fell just short and UNI women’s basketball fell to No. 25 Missouri State 64-60 Saturday evening at the McLeod Center.

With 5:35 left in the MVC series against Missouri State, the Panthers trailed 56-41 before Megan Maahs hit a pair of free throws to kickstart the offense. Kam Finley, Bre Gunnels, and Karli Rucker all scored in an 11-0 run to cut the MSU lead to 56-52

The Panthers cut the lead to 55-58 on a Rucker three-pointer with 1:50 to play, but that is as close as they would come and Missouri State held on for the four-point win.

UNI opened the game with quick connections giving them a short 4-0 lead before the Lady Bears went on an 8-0 run to take a lead that they would retain for the remainder of the game.

The Lady Bears led 16-12 after the first quarter and 32-18 at the half. The Panthers shot 57.1% from the field during the third quarter which allowed them to cut the lead to 41-38 with 16 seconds left in the quarter before Missouri State hit a jumper at the bucket to take a 43-38 lead in the fourth.

Missouri State opened the fourth on an 11-3 run to earn the 15-point lead.

Finley scored a game-high 21 points. She scored 10 of her 21 points in the third quarter. Rucker added 16 points, four rebounds, and two assists.

Brice Calip scored 17 points for Missouri State tonight and shot 70.0% from the field. Teammate Abby Hipp added 14 points to add to the Lady Bears’ four-point victory.

The Panthers shot 43.1% from the field while the Lady Bears could only hit 37.5% of their shots, but Missouri State outrebounded the Panthers 51-29.

The Panthers travel to Terre Haute, Indiana, to play against Indiana State on Jan. 22-23.

GAME NOTES:

– Kam Finley scored a game-high of 21 points against Missouri State. It was one-point shy of her season-high 22 that she scored at Iowa.
– Cynthia Wolf led the team with five rebounds.
– Megan Maahs is only eight points away from the 1,000 Point Club and 15 rebounds from the No. 2 All-Time Rebounding Spot.

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