Women’s basketball wins in two MVC matches at home


The UNI women’s basketball team is now 6-0 at home after defeating the Evansville Aces 76-60 on Friday, Jan.17 and the Indiana State Sycamores 73-43 on Sunday, Jan.19 in the McLeod Center.

The Panthers took the lead early on with a 19-2 run on Friday night against the Aces. The team shot 5-6 from the three-point line with Nicole Kroeger hitting her first three attempts from three-point range. Evansville defense quickly stepped up to end the half trailing by only eight points.

Northern Iowa led 59-58 with 6:30 remaining in the game when Karli Rucker scored 15 points, pulling the Panthers away with a 16-point win. Rucker scored a total of 28 points, tying her career-high. Cynthia Wolf had a career-high seven assists.

The Panther women continued their impressive play into Sunday’s match where they outrebounded the Sycamores 52-35. UNI took a 31-13 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Cynthia Wolf remained a strong player, ending the game with a career-high 14 points and 13 rebounds. Rose Simon-Ressler followed with 13 points, going 5-5 from the field and 2-2 from the three-point line. Bre Gunnels and Nicole Kroeger also scored in double figures.

The Purple and Gold will travel to Illinois for another pair of MVC games this weekend against Bradley and Illinois State. The team is now 11-5 on the season and 3-2 in the conference.