Panthers hit 15 treys in win over Missouri State

CEDAR FALLS – Jacqui Kalin hit 6-of-9 from long range and finished with 25 points as the Northern Iowa women’s basketball team connected on 15-of-26 from 3-point range and blasted Missouri State, 75-52 in Missouri Valley Conference play.

Brooke Brown was 4-of-5 from downtown, Stephanie Davison hit 3-of-5 and former AGWSR standout Jess McDowell was 2-for-4 as the Panthers won despite turning it over 22 times.

Brown finished with 12 points while Davison had 11 in the win. Amber Kirschbaum scored six points but had a team-high eight rebounds. McDowell scored six points and pulled down a season-best six boards.

Northern Iowa led 41-23 at the break, shot 45 percent from the floor and made 11 more triples than Missouri State.

The Panthers grabbed a lead early because of their defense, holding Missouri State (8-6, 0-2) to just 12 points in the first 10 minutes of the half.

Northern Iowa led 24-10 and then pushed the advantage to 32-19 following Kalin’s fourth 3-pointer of the contest.

It is the third time this season that Kalin has hit five or more 3-pointers. She also scored at least 20 points for the second straight game and set a new season and career-high with six 3-pointers made.

The 15 made treys for the Panthers (7-8, 2-1) also were a season-high.