Nicole Kroeger’s three-point basket tied Sunday’s game with 2:39 remaining, putting the UNI Panthers in position outrace the Loyola Ramblers during the closing minutes for a 73-70 victory at Gentile Arena in Chicago.
On the next UNI possession, Megan Maahs broke the 61-61 tie with a layup, and the Panthers led the rest of the way.
During the final minute UNI secured the win by making six of eight late free throws, including five “makes” by Karli Rucker. The Panthers had just five other foul shots during the rest of the matchup, converting all of them.
Rucker led UNI with 24 points. She was joined in double figures by Kroeger and Maahs with 12 apiece.
UNI led 34-27 at halftime, but Loyola won the third quarter, setting up a back-and-forth final period.
The Panthers won despite being on the wrong side of the turnover count (13-10) and even though Loyola had eight offensive rebounds to UNI’s three.
The win assures UNI a .500 finish during their Missouri Valley Conference regular season schedule, which concludes Friday against Drake.