WBB: Redbirds Take Tug-of-War in OT

WBB: Redbirds Take Tug-of-War in OT


UNI Women’s basketball overcame a 14-point first-half deficit to take a fourth-quarter lead, but the Panthers fell to Illinois State 69-61 in overtime Thursday in the McLeod Center.

Illinois State closed the first quarter with a 15-7 lead thanks to an 11-0 run.

The Redbirds kept the pressure on and built a 25-11 lead with 5:24 remaining in the second quarter. The Panthers then got things going on the offensive end, but it started on the defensive side of the ball. UNI forced five turnovers on six possessions to give the Panthers a 7-0 run. The Redbirds hit a bucket at the halftime buzzer to go up 30-21 at the break.

The Panthers outscored Illinois State 36-27 in the second half and built a 57-54 lead on a free throw from Karli Rucker with 11 seconds left in the game. Illinois State’s Tete Maggett hit a contested three-pointer with four seconds remaining to tie the game at 57 and force overtime.

Illinois State controlled the overtime period, outscoring the Panthers 12-4 to earn the eight-point win.

UNI falls to 15-10 overall and 7-7 in Missouri Valley play. The Panthers host Bradley Saturday at 2 p.m. at the McLoed Center.