WBB: Panthers Top Former Conference Foes

WBB: Panthers Top Former Conference Foes

The UNI women’s basketball squad earned a 61-50 road win over Wichita State Saturday.

It was the first meeting of the programs since March of 2017 when both the Panthers and Shockers were members of the Missouri Valley Conference.

Wichita State led most of the first half; the Shockers were ahead by four at the half.

UNI closed the third quarter on a 6-0 run which helped swing the Panthers to a 42-39 lead heading into the final period. A Karli Rucker three-pointer with 7:46 remaining gave UNI a 45-41 lead, and the Panthers never looked back, pulling away to the 11-point win.

Three Panthers scored in double figures, including Rucker with a game-high 18 (17 in the second half). Megan Maahs and Kam Finley each added 11. Bre Gunnels snagged a game-high eight rebounds.

UNI held the Shockers to just 30 percent shooting from the field, and the Panthers out-rebounded WSU 44-31.

The Panthers women travel to Missouri Wednesday at 7 p.m.