SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Northern Iowa senior point guard Jacqui Kalin scored a career-high 37 points and became the Panthers' all-time leading scorer in Sunday's 82-78 Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball win over Missouri State.
Kalin moved her career total to 1,868 points, passing the former mark of 1,851 by 2004 graduate Amy Swisher. Kalin also contributed six assists, five rebounds and two steals to help the Panthers (11-12, 6-5) get back above .500 in MVC play.
The former all-state guard from Sioux City North shot 14-of-16 from the free-throw line and was 5-for-13 from 3-point range. She moved into second all-time at UNI in career assists (432), surpassed the career mark free throws made (428), and has now attempted more 3-pointers (702) than any other player in Panther history.
Despite all Kalin's production, Northern Iowa still had to withstand a pair of Missouri State rallies back from double-digit deficits. The Lady Bears (12-11, 4-7), who trailed by as many as 14, got within 78-75 on a pair of Hannah Wilkerson free throws with 15 seconds left.
Kalin went 4-for-4 at the stripe inside the final 13 seconds to seal the win.
Amber Kirschbaum came off the bench to provide a double-double for UNI, tallying 14 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out. Hannah Schonhardt added 12 points, and nobody else scored more than five.
Tyonna Snow's double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds off the bench led Missouri State. Karly Buer also scored 18 before fouling out, and Whitney Edie had 12 before picking up her fifth personal.
The two teams combined for 55 personal fouls and 79 free-throw attempts.
Northern Iowa starts a three-game homestand on Saturday with its 2 p.m. contest against Bradley at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls.