Northern Iowa downs Salukis 76-59

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    Jan. 31, 2013

    Box Score

    By Bill Ford

    CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Continuing rebounding struggles and Northern Iowa's 3-point shooting cost the Southern Illinois women's basketball team in a 76-59 loss to the Panthers Thursday night at the McLeod Center.

    UNI (9-11, 4-4 MVC) out-rebounded the Salukis 46-29 and scored 17 second-chance points in addition to nailing nine 3-pointers on the night to SIU's three.

    "When you on the road, you have to do everything right," said SIU interim head coach Adrianne Harlow. "We did some stuff right, some of the time, but it wasn't enough."

    SIU (4-15, 1-7) jumped out to a 5-1 lead to open the game, but the Panthers responded with a 15-2 run to go up 16-7 five minutes in. SIU gave up five early offensive rebounds to UNI to aide the Panthers in the run.

    The two teams traded blows over the next six minutes before UNI reeled off a 9-0 run to take its biggest lead of the half at 32-16. The Salukis responded with some tougher rebounding late in the half, ending the opening frame on an 11-3 run to cut the halftime margin to single digits at 35-27.

    "Again, in the first half especially, it came down to offensive rebounding. That's why they got that big lead. Then we started playing defense and rebounding, that's how we got back into the game," Harlow said. "I thought they did a really good job of fighting back out of the 16-point deficit. I was as happy as you could be down eight (at halftime)."

    UNI held a 25-17 rebounding advantage at the half. After starting 4-for-8 from 3-point range in the opening seven minutes of the game, the Panthers missed their next six in the remainder of the half.

    UNI opened the second half on a 5-0 run to give itself a double-digit cushion, and later went on a 10-1 run to take its biggest lead of the game at 57-38 with 11:54 to play.

    Southern fought back again with a 7-0 run to cut the Panther advantage to 12, but that is as close as the Salukis would come the rest of the night. UNI continued to hit shots the rest of the night, both from the field and from the free throw line.



    SIU had a chance to cut into the lead late in the game, at one point causing UNI turnovers on four consecutive possessions. Each time, however, the Salukis failed to capitalize on the offensive end. Southern finished 3-for-15 from 3-point range and 10-for-19 from the free throw line. Meanwhile, the Panthers went 9-for-23 from long range and 19-for-26 from the charity stripe.

    "They are a good 3-point shooting team. They average about eight a game," Harlow said. "That was our main concern besides rebounding."

    Cartaesha Macklin led SIU with 17 points and five assists while Rishonda Napier chipped in 12 points and Ariel Haynes added seven rebounds. Jaqui Kalin paced UNI with 20 points while Hannah Schonhardt chipped in 15 points and nine rebounds.

    The Salukis will end the first half of their Missouri Valley Conference slate Saturday at Bradley.