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Panthers hand Wichita State women first MVC loss

  • Eagle staff
  • Published Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at 10:28 p.m.
  • Updated Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at 5:43 a.m.

Northern Iowa’s Brittni Donaldson scored 22 points to lead the Panthers to an 80-71 win over Wichita State on Sunday in Cedar Falls, Iowa, ending the Shockers’ record 20-game winning streak.

It was also the first loss in Missouri Valley play for WSU, which dropped to 21-3 overall and 12-1 in the MVC.

The loss came despite WSU’s Alex Harden scoring a career-high 31 points on 8-of-18 shooting and four three-pointers. Harden also had five turnovers. The Shockers got little else in the way of scoring help, with Kelsey Jacobs’ 11 points signaling the only other WSU player in double figures.

Northern Iowa opened the game on a 9-1 run before Jamillah Bonner gave WSU its first field goal at the 15:15 mark of the first half. UNI (13-11, 9-4) quickly went up 10, 14-4, with just more than 13 minutes left and the Panthers went into the break up 41-34.

Bonner opend the second half with a jumper in the first 30 seconds, but the Panthers answered back with a 6-0 run to push their lead to 47-36. The Shockers were only able to get with seven points the rest of the way, cutting the lead to 59-52 on a Harden three-pointer with 8:18 left.

Jen Keitel added 19 points for Northern Iowa while Brooke Brown chipped in with 17.

Michaela Dapprich and Jaleesa Chapel finished with eight points each for WSU.

The Shockers return home for two games, facing Illinois State on Friday and Indiana State on Sunday.

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