OMAHA – UNI women’s basketball wrapped up its five-game road stand with a matchup against the RV/#25 Creighton Bluejays inside DJ Sokol Arena on Sunday afternoon. The Panther offense struggled to get into a groove and the defense was unable to slow the high-powered Creighton offense in a 115-62 loss.
The Bluejays opened the game scoring with five points. Shateah Wetering put up the first Panther points with a layup. Creighton followed with a pair of three-pointers to take an early nine-point lead. Out of the first media timeout, Maya McDermott scored her first points of the day on a layup before a Bluejay three-pointer to extend the Creighton lead to 10.
Ryley Goebel netted her first points of the game on a put-back layup after grabbing her own board. The layup was followed by a three-pointer from Maya McDermott to cut the Creighton lead to five points at 14-9. The Bluejays proceeded to go on an eight-point run to push their lead to 13 at 22-9. A layup from Shateah Wetering ended the Creighton run.
A six-point Bluejay run was ended by Tayrn Wharton’s first points of the game. Back-and-forth baskets down the stretch from both squads saw Creighton secure a 32-15 lead heading into the second quarter.
Emerson Green got the Panthers rolling in the second quarter with back-to-back threes which cut the Bluejay lead to 11 at 32-21. A 17-point Creighton run put the Panthers into a 28-point hole after going scoreless for almost seven minutes. Cailyn Morgan ended the drastic run with a layup to push the score to 49-23.
Creighton continued to dominate and went on another eight-point run. That run was ended by a Layup from Maya McDermott with 33 seconds remaining in the first half. Those were the last points of the quarter and the Bluejays held a 57-25 lead rolling into the halftime break.
Out of the break, Creighton went on a five-point run with a layup and a three-pointer. Ryley Goebel netted a layup for the first Panther points of the third quarter. Five more points were added by the Bluejays before another layup from Goebel. A three-pointer from Taryn Wharton fell before the first media timeout of the third quarter.
Out of the media timeout, Shateah Wetering knocked down a layup which was followed by a Creighton three heading into another media timeout. The Bluejays led the Panthers 72-34 with just over five minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Out of the second media timeout, five more points from Creighton extended their lead to 43 at 77-34. Eight points from Taryn Wharton over the span of a few minutes saw an 83-42 lead for Creighton. The Panthers and the Bluejays traded both baskets and free throws down the stretch of the third quarter which ended with a Creighton, 87-46 lead.
Five Panther points opened the final frame with Riley Wright scoring four and Taryn Wharton netting a free throw. Creighton got hot again and went on yet another eight-point run to take a 95-51 lead. The Bluejays never slowed down offensively, and finished the game on a 20-9 run and claimed the 115-62 victory.
Taryn Wharton led the Panther scoring efforts with 16 points. She added five assists in her 27 minutes on the court. Emerson Green was the only other Panther in double figures with 10 points.
Creighton extended their series lead with the victory. They now hold a 42-20 record over the Panthers.
Ellie Foster recorded her first points of the season in the fourth quarter with back-to-back threes.
Taryn Wharton scored a career-high 16 points and tied career highs with two three-pointers, five assists, and 27 minutes played.
The Panthers return home for the first time since their Nov. 12 matchup against Iowa. UNI takes on South Dakota State inside the McLeod Center on Dec. 9. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on ESPN+. The game can also be listened to on the Panther Sports Radio Network.