Panther women hit eight 3-pointers in rout of rival Bears

CEDAR FALLS Connecting from deep early and often, the Panthers quickly put Missouri State in the rearview mirror Friday.

The Northern Iowa women’s basketball team knocked down eight 3-pointers in the first half to grab a 45-23 lead and coasted to a 79-60 victory over the Bears in Missouri Valley Conference play at the McLeod Center.

Stephanie Davison led a quartet of double-digit scorers with 21 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Brittni Donaldson scored 14, Brooke Brown had 13 and Amber Sorenson 11 as UNI set a season-high for treys in one half.

The Panthers (12-11, 8-4) hit three 3-pointers to open an 11-3 lead in the opening 4 minutes and took an 11-point lead on Sorenson’s jumper with 13:06 to play in the first. Sorenson later stretched the margin to 39-16 with UNI’s sixth trey of the half before two more set the 22-point cushion heading into the locker room.

Missouri State never got closer than 13 after halftime as Davison’s jumper halted an 8-0 run for the Bears midway through the second half.

The Panthers shot 8-for-17 from beyond the arc in the first half and finished at 40 percent for the game.

Jen Keitel added eight points and a team-high eight rebounds.

Tyonna Snow paced Missouri State (12-11, 7-5) with 17 points, though no other Bear finished in double-figures.

Missouri State shot 31 percent from the field and 56 percent from the free throw line.

Northern Iowa hosts No. 24 Wichita State on Sunday at 2 p.m.