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UNI heads to Saint Louis on the rebound

December 29, 2012
By TIMES-REPUBLICAN STAFF ( , Times-Republican

ST. LOUIS - The Panthers have had eight days to collect their thoughts from a 43-point thrashing at the hands of Minnesota.

And with one more contest in a demanding non-conference slate that's featured six BCS opponents, the Northern Iowa women's basketball team has one final opportunity to build some momentum for Missouri Valley play.

The Panthers close the calendar year against Saint Louis (5-7) on the road today at 2 p.m.

UNI (4-7) enters the contest on a three-game slide, capped by an 86-43 loss to the Gophers.

The Billikens (5-7) are on a two-game skid including a 61-55 loss to Drake, lowering their mark to 1-2 against MVC foes.

Jacqui Kalin paces the Panthers at 17 points a game including a national best 97.4 percent clip at the free throw line. The sixth-year senior has reached double figures in 10 of 11 games and is also averaging 3.4 assists, while Amber Kirschbaum is grabbing 7 rebounds per outing.

Fact Box

Northern Iowa (4-7) at Saint Louis (5-7)

Today, 2 p.m.

Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis

UNI will try to shake off the rust from an 11-of-46 outing from the field (23.9 percent) including a season-worst 4-for-24 effort (16.7 percent) from behind the arc against Minnesota.

Lorreal Jones leads the Billikens at 12.3 points a game and 7.8 rebounds. Courtney Webb (11.3) and Mallory Eggert (10.5) also score in double figures for Saint Louis.

The Panthers lead the all-time series 3-1 and will try to level their road mark (1-2), while the Billikens are 2-2 at home this year. The game will be broadcast by radio on the Panther Sports Network.



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