The UNI Panther women’s basketball team absorbed their first two losses of the season during a Thanksgiving weekend trip to Las Vegas for games against major conference opponents.
Friday night, Alabama rode a second-half surge to an 87-77 win over the previously unbeaten Panthers at the South Point Shootout.
The Panthers outscored the Crimson Tide 21-16 in the first quarter, but Alabama rolled out a big second period to take a three-point halftime lead, then built on the margin in the second half. The Tide shot over 50 percent from the field and 45 percent from beyond the three-point arc.
Nicole Kroeger paced UNI with 14 points, while Karli Rucker, Megan Maahs, and Kristina Cavey each added a dozen.
In a follow-up on Saturday, Ohio State topped UNI 64-48. The Buckeyes led by as many as 23 during the contest, outscoring UNI 42-8 from the lane.
The Panthers had their poorest shooting night of the season, hitting just 23 percent of their attempts.
In the loss, Kam Finley led all scorers with 16 points.
The Panthers are now 5-2 this season and scheduled to face former conference rival Creighton for their next game on Sunday, December 8th, in Omaha.