Weekly leads UNI to conference victory

CEDAR FALLS – Madison Weekly scored a game-high 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting to help the University of Northern Iowa women’s basketball team knock off Missouri State 64-56 in Missouri Conference Valley play Sunday.

Weekly has scored in double-figures in 11 of the last 12 games for UNI, including the last eight games.

Amber Sorenson further bolstered the Panthers’ offense with 13 points and a career-high five assists and five blocks. Alyssa Johnson corralled a team-high 11 rebounds for UNI.

Kenzie Williams served as Missouri State’s bellwether with 14 points, Hillary Chvatal added 11 and NiJay Gaines chipped in 10. Chvatal paced the Bears (8-12, 5-4) with eight rebounds.

The Bears whittled the lead down to a point after Gaines sank a jumper, but Weekly riposted with a 3-pointer that grew UNI’s lead to 50-46 with less than six minutes to play. Weekly knocked down five 3-pointers down the stretch to secure the win for the Panthers.

UNI (11-9, 7-2) plays MVC opponent Illinois State at 7 p.m. Friday in Normal, Ill.