CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa women’s basketball team came away with a 70-50 win against the Bradley Braves on Friday night, improving to 17-6 overall and 10-2 in Missouri Valley Conference play.
Madison Weekly and Ellie Herzberg put in 15 points each, with Weekly adding a game-high five dimes. The Panther defense was strong against the Braves, holding their three leading scores to well below their averages, also forcing 17 turnovers.
UNI held Indiana State to just 15-percent shooting in the first quarter, taking a 14-point lead with 2:10 left in the quarter. Weekly scored eight of her 15 points in the first quarter, shooting 75-percent from the field, sending UNI into the second quarter up 20-6.
The Panthers pulled away to a 19-point lead at the 5:30 mark in the second quarter after the Panthers went on an 11-1 run, ending with five straight points from Herzberg. Bradley answered with a run of their own, cutting the UNI lead to 31-19 with 2:26 left in the quarter.
UNI headed into halftime up 35-21, but Bradley quickly put pressure on the Panthers, outscoring them 18-17 in the third quarter. Despite Bradley’s bench scoring 10 points in the third quarter, UNI was able to shoot 66-percent from the three and a key 87-percent from the charity stripe, including Kennedy Kirkpatrick going a perfect 4-for-4 to give UNI a cushion heading into the fourth.
Bradley was able to cut UNI’s lead to 10 points twice early in the fourth quarter, but clutch free throws down the stretch from Herzberg put UNI back up by a comfortable lead. A well-timed three-pointer from Hannah Schonhardt at the 2:13 mark gave UNI a 17-point lead, with the Panthers knocking in five more free throws to seal with 70-50 win.
UNI returns to action on Sunday, Feb. 12 as they turn to Illinois State in the McLeod Center. The game is set for a 2 p.m. tip.
Post-Game Notes vs. Bradley
Tonight’s game served as UNI’s Play4Kay game, bringing awareness to breast cancer. Head coach Tanya Warren announced that she would donate $25 for every three-pointer the Panthers made against the Braves prior to the game. UNI knocked down eight, totaling a $200 donation to the Play4Kay Foundation.
UNI claimed its 17th win of the season tonight, making it eight straight seasons with 17-or-more wins.
Angie Davison scored the first points of both halves. She knocked in a free throw to start the game, followed by a key three-pointer to start the second half.
Angie Davison had a career-high seven rebounds.
UNI’s bench outscored Bradley’s 37-21, marking the 14th straight game that UNI’s bench outscored its opponent.
Release courtesy UNI Athletic Communications