Cedar Falls, Iowa – The Panthers wrapped up their second wire-for-wire performance in Missouri Valley conference action with an 89-56 win over the Valparaiso Beacons.
UNI had the biggest win difference to date as the Panthers 11 of 12 added to the final score. In addition to contributing up and down the lineup, UNI was the best performer behind the arc, shooting 47.6% of his 3-point range. Multiple players continue to record his double-digit scores for the Panthers, and his three members of the UNI roster have his 10-plus points.
‘There’s no givemees in this league,’ said head coach Tanya Warren Follow the win. “We have to be ready to play every night and bring back the record.
“From start to finish, I thought we were very fixated on what we wanted to do on defense, and the offense did a great job of distributing the basketball and getting Grace.” [Boffeli] and Cynthia [Wolf] Touch paint. This was another great team win. “
It was a hot start for UNI as the Panthers started the game with a 5-point run. UNI extended their lead to eight after a forward Grace Bofferi Made two threes in less than three minutes. Valparaiso came back into the game with a 9-2 run midway through the first to cut the Panthers’ lead to one. sophomore guard Kaiba Laube In response to UNI, I created a continuous tray to raise the Panthers by seven. UNI ended the quarter with a 12-point run leading by 13 after 10 minutes.
The Beacons made it a back and forth game to start the second. But his 4–5 point runs on multiple Panthers kept them out of reach.point guard Maya McDermott In the second game, he scored 6 goals, the most in the team, and left the perfect result 3-3 from the floor. His four other UNI players helped lead the Panthers to his 44-28 halftime lead.
UNI completely pulled away from Valpo coming out of half time to start the half-off with a 10-3 run. The Panthers trailed him by more than 20 for the rest of the game. Ten of his UNI players appeared in the third quarter and nine scored at least one basket for him.guard Kaylin Morgan Helped by Trey in the 7th minute, he added a 5 to lead UNI in the third. The Panthers entered the final frame by 23 as Laube made a layup as the clock ran out.
UNI’s momentum carried over to the fourth as McDermott made a 3-pointer in the first second of the quarter. In his first minute he scored six and the Panthers trailed him by 29 points and quickly pushed him into the 30s. UNI rounded up his run with Morgan, the forward’s 3 for his 9 points. Rachel Heytra, and a -1 from McDermott for a 35 lead. The Panthers pushed their lead to 36 with three and a half minutes remaining, but the Beacons finished the game with a 7-2 run. Despite the run, UNI held on to their biggest margin of the year at 31 and won 89-58.
The Panthers excelled on the floor against Valpo as they shot 53.6% from field goal range, 47.6% from behind the arc, and 79.2% from the free throw line. UNI led in all major offensive categories including assists (16), points from turnovers (31), points in the paint (30), and points off the bench (37). It was also a defensive night as he grabbed the board for 2, forced 22 turnovers, made 12 steals and blocked 5 shots.
Bofferi led UNI on the floor with 18 points on 61.9% of shots. McDermott and Morgan also scored in double figures for the Panthers with 14 and 10 points. Morgan had a perfect night on UNI’s attack and didn’t miss a single of her eight shots she took.center Cynthia Wolfe Leading the team with 8 rebounds as a forward Riley Goebel 7 steals, 2 blocks.
The Panthers will face one final new Valley opponent this weekend. UNI welcomed his UIC to the McLeod Center for the first time since 2006 in his first match as a conference opponent. Tip-off will be held at Cedar Falls on Saturday, January 21st at 2pm.