CEDAR FALLS – UNI women’s basketball wrapped up its three-game home stand with a matchup against Bradley. The Panthers opened the game with back-to-back three-pointers and never looked back as they finished with a 96-61 final score.
The Panthers came out of the gate firing on all cylinders. After they won the tip, Kayba Laube drained a three-pointer on the first offensive possession of the game which was followed by a three-pointer from Grace Boffeli in the subsequent possession. The Braves took an early timeout, just 47 seconds into the first quarter, to try and cool off the UNI shooters. A jump shot from Boffeli followed the timeout to give UNI an 8-0 lead.
Bradley knocked down its first shot of the game before a nine-point Panther run which included a pair of layups from Grace Boffeli. Free throws from the Braves gave them four points on the board before back-and-forth baskets down the stretch of the first quarter saw the Panthers lead hold at 12 points with a score of 31-19.
Kayba Laube rattled off eight of the 15 Panther points to open the second quarter en route to the second-quarter media timeout. UNI held a 19-point lead into the break with a score of 46-27.
Bri Robinson scored the next three Panther points before Ryley Goebel and Grace Boffeli recorded layups to close out the first half. UNI led at the halftime break by 17 points by a score of 53-36.
Grace Boffeli scored the first points of the second half for the Panthers with a layup before Maya McDermott recorded six points and Rachael Heittola netted a layup heading into the media break. Kayba Laube drained a three-pointer out of the break before an and-one layup put her over the 20-point mark for the game. Back-and-forth baskets saw the Panther lead grow to 26 points at 76-52 at the end of the third quarter.
The Panthers outscored the Braves 18-9 in the final frame to claim a 96-61 victory. The final quarter saw a jump shot from Taryn Wharton and a pair of free throws from Emily Holterhaus to close the matchup and seal the victory.
Kayba Laube led the offense with 26 points. She shot 69.2% (9-13) from the field and 60% (6-10) from beyond the arc. Grace Boffeli led the rebounding effort with 10 rebounds. She was also the other lone Panther to record 20+ points with her 22-point performance.
UNI won its sixth straight meeting with Bradley. The Panthers own the series with a record of 51-37.
Kaybe Laube recorded a new career-high in the third quarter with an and-one layup. She finished with 26 points. She tied her career-high with six three-pointers.
Grace Boffeli recorded her sixth double-double of the season and the 30th of her career with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
With the 96-61 win, Tanya Warren has tied the Missouri Valley Conference record with 201 league wins which was set by Cheryl Burnett (Missouri State 1988-02).
With a pair of free throws in the fourth quarter, Bri Robinson set a new career high with seven points.
Maya McDermott remains the top free throw shooter in the nation with a 96.3% free throw percentage after knocking down six free throws against Bradley. She has seen all 30 of her free throws go down inside the McLeod Center and all 31 in conference play.
The Panthers hit the road as they plan to take on the Belmont Bruins on February 15. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT and can be streamed on ESPN+ or listened to on the Panther Sports Radio Network.