Shockers Beat UNI, Improve To 10-0 In MVC

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February 8, 2013

Alex Harden led the Shockers in scoring with 16 points on 7-for-15 shooting. She also grabbed seven rebounds. Jessica Diamond had 11 points, a career-high in rebounds with nine and dished out six assists while not turning the ball over once. Darice Fountaine also had a career-high in rebounds with 10.

Jacqui Kalin scored 20 points for Northern Iowa, shooting 7-for-14 from the field, including 3-for-6 from behind the arc. Amber Kirschbaum pulled down 11 rebounds for the Panthers.

Wichita State (16-6, 10-0) started out the game on the right foot, jumping out to a 12-4 lead within the first seven minutes of the contest. Darice Fountaine nailed the first 3-pointer of the night for the Shockers with 14:06 remaining in the half. On the next play, Michelle Price capped the run and scored the seventh and eighth straight points for Wichita State on a steal and layup.

Northern Iowa (10-12, 5-5) answered back with seven straight points of their own to cut the Shocker to one, 12-11.

Diamond ended the Panther run and a 0-for-5 shooting slump for Wichita State with 2-point jumper to stretch the Shocker lead to 14-11.

The Panthers continued to fight and took their first lead of game on a Jacqui Kalin 3-pointer with 5:21 remaining in the half that put her team up, 19-17.

After Northern Iowa rattled off nine straight points, Diamond would be the run-stopper yet again for the Shockers when she made a layup, was fouled and then went to the line to complete the old-fashioned 3-point play that cut the Panther lead to 23-20.

The Shockers would cut more into the Northern Iowa lead when Jazimen Gordon blocked a shot from Jen Keitel, Diamond raced the ball up the court and passed to Alex Harden, who made layup as the first half expired to put the Shockers down one, 23-22.

Diamond led the Shockers in scoring for the first half, shooting 3-for-6 from the field to tally seven points. As a team, the Shockers shot 9-for-27 (.333), including 2-for-5 (.400) from behind the arc. They also blocked six Panther shots in the half.

The Shockers scored the first five points of the second half on a Michaela Dapprich layup and a 3-pointer by Jasmine Jones to go up 27-23 with 17:33 remaining in the game.

After Wichita State stretched the lead to as many as seven points, the Panthers cut the lead to three, 37-34, on a 3-point shot by Brooke Brown. That was the closest they would get all night however, as the Shockers went on another run, scoring seven straight points to go up 46-36 with 5:55 remaining and put the game away.

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