Panthers knocks off Bearkats 78-69
The University of Northern Iowa Panthers advanced to the Final Four of the Women’s Basketball Invitational Tournament as they defeated Sam Houston State Bearkats by the score of 78-69.
The tournament was Bearkats first post-season appareance in the 48th year history of the women’s basketball program. They were knocked out of the first round of the Southland Conference Basketball Tournament last Tuesday that squashed any chances for them to make the NCAA Tournament.
The Panthers started the game on a 5-0 run behind K.K. Armstrong’s three-pointer and a basket by Amber Kirschbaum.
The Bearkats answered with a 5-1 run of their own to cut the lead to 8-5. They continued their moment when Sequeena Thomas and Zoe Tucker hit back to back baskets to help the Kats take the lead by the score of 9-8.
The Bearkats continued on a 9-3 run to increase the lead to 18-11.
The Panthers went on a 9-4 run to pull within a 22-20 lead. But a pair of three pointers by Britni Martin and Jasmine Johnson helped the Bearkats extend the lead to 28-20.
The Panther exploded with a 12-4 run with Armstrong scoring 6 of those points to tie the game at 32.
But Thomas scored back to back baskets to close the half with the Bearkats leading 36-32.
It seemed as if the Bearkats was in control of the game as they started the second half on a 4-2 run to increase the lead to 40-35.
But the Panthers mounted a 8-5 run behind three straight baskets by Katelin Oney to cut the lead to 46-45.
Brittni Donaldson made a three pointer on the next possession to give the Panthers a 48-45.
Martin’s three-pointer tied the score at 48.
The Panthers answered behind Rachel Madrigal’s three-pointer that gave the Panthers a 51-48 lead and they would maintain the lead for the rest of the game and win it by the score of 78-69.
Armstrong finished the game with 30 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for the Panthers. Oney contributed with 20 points, 5 assists and 2 rebounds.
Martin led the Bearkats with 19 points and 4 rebounds while Thomas was second on the team with 13 points and 9 rebounds.