Women’s basketball down Wichita State, improves to 13-9



Madison Weekly (2) led the Panthers with 19 points and was named the MVC Female School Athlete of the Week. The Panthers are now 8-3 in conference games and are tied for second with Missouri State.

DYLAN PADY, Sports Editor | [email protected]

On Sunday, a crowd of 1,226 excited fans filled the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls to watch the UNI women’s basketball team defeat the Wichita State Shockers, 69-48.

The Panthers struggled to find their momentum during the first half of play trailing 11-16 with just a minute left to play in the first quarter.

To begin the second quarter, Stephanie Davison connected from behind the arc, cutting the Shocker’s lead to just one at 19-18. Madison Weekly added a three of her own, giving UNI the lead for the first time.

The Panthers played strong defense and held the Shockers to just four points in the second quarter. They ran away to end the first half with a 35-23 lead.

During the third quarter, the Panthers found themselves scoring from deep on multiple occasions. Weekly made 3-4 of her three-point attempts while Sharnae Lamar went 2-2 from the three-point range. Lamar made her second shot right before time expired to increase the Panther lead, 54-31.

As time ticked away in the final quarter, UNI answered every shot Wichita State made with one of their own with buckets from each end of the court. The final point of the game was a shot from the charity stripe by Dariann Garrison to finish the game, 69-48.

Sunday’s victory gives the Panthers a 13-9 overall record, as well as an impressive 8-3 in the MVC conference. The Shockers now hold a three-game losing streak as they play Bradley this Friday.

Weekly finished the game with 19 points, three assists and two steals; Lamar had 11 points, four assists and one block; Amber Sorenson finished with 10 points, three assists and one block.

Moving the ball around and getting everyone involved, the Panthers finished the game with 16 assists to help secure the victory.

The Panthers earned a second victory as Madison Weekly was named this week’s MVC Female Scholar Athlete of the Week. Weekly scored 19 points against both Missouri State and Wichita State, as well as passed the 1,000 career-point mark during Sunday’s game against Wichita State.

While she excels on the court, she works hard in the classroom with a 3.89 GPA in the field of accounting. She currently has 1,018 career points and 374 on the season.

The Panthers’ next game will be on the road against Indiana State this Friday where they will take on the Sycamores and look to increase their winning streak.