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Kalin’s monster effort leads Panthers past SLU

December 30, 2012
By TIMES-REPUBLICAN STAFF ( , Times-Republican

ST. LOUIS - Northern Iowa senior guard Jacqui Kalin was at her best Saturday when she guided the Panthers to a road win over Saint Louis.

Kalin scored 25 points and added nine rebounds and nine assists as the Panthers improved to 5-7 on the year with a 73-64 victory over the Billikens at Chaifetz Arena.

Kalin buried 5-of-9 attempts from 3-point range and became the school's all-time leader in made triples for a career with 207, passing former record-holder Nicole Clausen's 206 makes.

The Panthers led by as many as 20 in the game and held a 17-point advantage at halftime before Saint Louis rallied in the second half.

Northern Iowa used a 9-0 run in the first half to build a 10-point lead. Things were going well at that point and the momentum carried into halftime. The lead grew to 20 in the second half, but Saint Louis came storming back and cut its deficit to just 58-55 with 3:46 left.

Kalin, who also is third on the school's all-time scoring list, canned back-to-back 3-pointers in the span of about a minute to finally put the Billikens away for good.

Three other players finished in double-figures for the Panthers.

Jen Keitel collected 15 points and eight rebounds, Brittany Donaldson scored 12 points and former AGWSR standout Jess McDowell finished with 10 points off the bench. Hannah Schonhardt made her first career start and grabbed a career-high 10 boards in the win.

Northern Iowa shot 46 percent from the field and half of the Panthers' 26 makes in the game were buried from long range. Northern Iowa finished 13-for-28 from 3-point land.

Jacy Bradey led three Billikens in double-figures with 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Mallory Eggert added 14 points and four rebounds off the bench, while Courtney Webb scored 13 points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished out four assists in the loss.

Saint Louis (5-8) shot 37 percent from the floor and connected on just 4-of-16 from long range. The Billikens turned it over just seven times and converted 16 points off UNI miscues.

The difference, however, came from behind the 3-point line. Saint Louis made just two less baskets than the Panthers, but Northern Iowa drilled nine more shots from long range.

UNI plays again Friday as the Panthers begin Missouri Valley Conference play with a matchup against rival Illinois State. The game will be played in Normal, Ill., but does not have a scheduled tip off at this time.



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