Sorenson’s breakout game helps UNI end losing skid

CEDAR FALLS – Amber Sorenson scored a career-high 17 points and Jen Keitel came up with 16 more, both off the bench, as the Northern Iowa women’s basketball team snapped a four-game skid, defeating Saint Louis 74-65 inside the McLeod Center on Saturday afternoon.

Sorenson’s second career double-figure scoring day came in just 20 minutes of court time. The sophomore from Caledonia, Minn., made four of the Panthers’ eight 3-pointers while shooting 6-of-12 from the field altogether.

Northern Iowa got 40 of its 74 points off the bench.

The Panthers (3-6) trailed by as many as six in the second half but slowly chipped away at the Billikens’ lead. Angie Davison’s 3-pointer, the freshman’s only shot attempt of the game, got UNI into a 46-all tie, and Keitel’s turnaround jumper put the Panthers in front with 10:35 left.

A pair of driving baskets by Brooke Brown and Erin Dohnalek, and two free throws by Keitel gave UNI a 62-56 lead with 3:19 remaining.

Two more freebies from Keitel – who went 6-for-6 from the line – made it an eight-point Panther advantage with 1:18 left.

Northern Iowa’s 74 points are the most it has scored since its previous win, an 86-82 victory at North Dakota State on Nov. 20.

Madison Weekly contributed 15 points and Hannah Schonhardt added 12 for the Panthers, who go to South Dakota on Tuesday night.

Desirae Ball and Sadie Stipanovich had 17 points apiece to lead Saint Louis (3-6). Stipanovich had a game-high 10 rebounds to round out the freshman’s first career double-double.