A solid third quarter allowed the UNI Panther women’s basketball team to slingshot past the Bradley Braves and on to a 64-57 victory on Saturday at the McLeod Center.
Trailing 28-21 at halftime, the Panthers had been held to just seven points in the second quarter. Back on the court for the third period, six different Panthers each contributed at least one field goal. UNI won the frame 20-10, taking the lead for good on a layup by Abby Gerrits, just before the teams went to their benches at the end of the quarter.
For the afternoon, Karli Rucker paced the Panthers with 16 points. Bre Gunnels added a dozen, plus a season-high 12 rebounds.
After shooting under 25 percent from the floor in the opening half, UNI recovered to finish the game at 34.4 percent. There was no difficulty for the Panthers at the foul line, where the UNI converted 14 of 16 attempts.
Saturday’s result marked just the fourth time this season that the Bradley women were held under 60 points.
The Panthers’ final road games of the season are Friday and Sunday against Valparaiso and Loyola respectively.