Panthers withstand Kansas St comeback

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Northern Iowa’s Kennedy Kirkpatrick made a pair of late 3-pointers and Kansas State’s Kayla Goth missed two free throws with .1 seconds left as the Panther women’s basketball team won 72-71 in its non-conference finale Thursday at Bramlage Coliseum.

Northern Iowa led by as many as 12 points during the third quarter before Kansas State’s comeback nearly did in the Panthers (4-7). A Peyton Williams layup brought the Wildcats (8-3) to within three, 69-66, with 27 seconds left. Ellie Howell hit two free throws for the Panthers before a Karyla Middlebrook layup brought the margin back to three with 11 seconds remaining.

Northern Iowa got one free throw at the other end before Goth buried a 3-pointer, chopping the margin to one with 4 seconds left. Kansas State tied up UNI’s in-bounds pass to force a jump ball, regaining possession with .8 seconds showing.

Mikaela Morgan fouled Goth on the in-bounds play with .1 left, but the Wildcats’ leading scorer came up empty on both attempts to tie or win the game.

Kirkpatrick, a Lawrence, Kan., native, led UNI with a career-high 24 points thanks to seven 3-pointers. Morgan also scored a career-high with 18 points coming on six triples. In all the Panthers shot 16-for-31 from behind the arc.

Goth paced Kansas State with 26 points and Williams had another 21.

NORTHERN IOWA 72, KANSAS ST. 71

At Manhattan, Kan.

N. IOWA (4-7) — Maahs 1-4 5-6 7, Howell 3-11 3-6 11, Kroeger 0-2 0-0 0, Rucker 1-2 0-0 3, Simon-Ressler 0-3 0-0 0, Gunnels 0-1 0-0 0, Hagen 3-4 1-1 7, Hillyard 1-3 0-0 2, Gerrits 0-3 0-0 0, Kirkpatrick 7-11 3-4 24, Morgan 6-9 0-0 18. TOTALS 22-53 12-17 72.

KANSAS ST. (8-3) — Page 2-5 0-0 4, Williams 8-14 5-5 21, Ray 2-2 1-2 5, Goth 9-13 5-8 26, Martin 0-3 3-4 3, Lakes 0-2 1-2 1, Goodrich 0-3 0-0 0, Middlebrook 3-12 2-2 8, Ranke 1-7 0-0 3. TOTALS 25-61 17-23 71.

N. Iowa 16 24 11 21 — 72

Kansas St. 14 21 17 19 — 71

3-Point Goals–UNI 16-31 (Howell 2-5, Kroeger 0-2, Rucker 1-1, Simon-Ressler 0-1, Gerrits 0-3, Kirkpatrick 7-10, Morgan 6-9), Kansas St. 4-17 (Page 0-2, Williams 0-1, Goth 3-4, Martin 0-1, Goodrich 0-2, Middlebrook 0-2, Ranke 1-5). Assists–UNI 22 (Kirkpatrick 5), Kansas St. 11 (Goth 5). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–UNI 38 (Howell 8), Kansas St. 31 (Williams 6). Total Fouls–UNI 22, Kansas St. 15. A–3,260.