CEDAR FALLS - The Northern Iowa women's basketball team used two big runs in the first half to claim its first win of the new season Thursday.
The Panthers got 15 points, five rebounds and three steals from former Sioux City North prep Jacqui Kalin as Northern Iowa led by 16 points at halftime and beat South Dakota, 63-50, at the McLeod Center.
Des Moines native Sharnae Lamar sparked a 9-0 run for the Panthers with a long jumper and then a Stephanie Davison triple started another 7-0 spurt that put Northern Iowa (1-1) up 22-12 with 7:50 to play until halftime. UNI eventually led 36-20 at the break and were never threatened again.
The Panthers stayed 16 points ahead in the second half following a 9-2 run and went on to win by 13 in front of just more than 1,000 home fans.
Redshirt freshman Jen Keitel scored a career-high 18 points and grabbed six rebounds off the bench to lead the Panthers, who tipped off against South Dakota at noon. Former AGWSR prep Jess McDowell added eight points in 26 minutes for UNI, while Lamar contributed six points and a season-high five assists off the bench.
UNI shot 40 percent from the floor but was just 6-of-28 from 3-point range and made just 7-of-17 from the foul line. The Panthers also were out-rebounded by two.
South Dakota (1-2) was led by Nicole Seekamp's 12 points and five rebounds, while Polly Harrington added eight points and four boards and Tempestt Wilson pitched in seven points and seven rebounds.
South Dakota shot 31 percent from the field, made just 3-of-16 from long range and buried 13-of-18 from the line.
Kahlin's 15 points moves the Panther senior into fourth on the all-time UNI scoring list with 1,541 points.