CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Northern Iowa Panthers got 32 points from the bench to top South Dakota's women's basketball team 63-50 Thursday afternoon in the McLoed Center.
Panther post player Jen Keitel scored 18 of those bench points to give UNI (1-1) a 32-14 lead in that stat. South Dakota (1-2) spent much of the second half trailing by double digits in the second half.
South Dakota's Nicole Seekamp (Renmark, Australia) had 12 points and five rebounds to lead the Coyote effort. Alexis Yackley (Onida, S.D.) tallied six points, seven boards and three assists, while Polly Harrington (Kansas City, Mo.) added eight points.
South Dakota outscored the Panthers in the second half 30-27 by shooting 40.7 percent (11-27), which was up from 21.4 percent (6-28) in the first. The Coyotes put UNI in foul trouble for most of the second half, drawing UNI's seventh fouls with 13:19 left in the half. However, USD was never able to trim a 36-20 halftime lead to less than nine (39-30 with 13:41 left).
Northern Iowa's Jacqui Kalin scored 10 of her 15 points in the second half, while Keitel added eight second half points.
Despite the low shooting percentage in the first half, South Dakota held a 7-5 edge in offensive rebounds, four of which coming from Tempestt Wilson (Elk River, Minn.). South Dakota also limited turnovers with only six in that half.
UNI capitalized on USD's first half struggles by shooting 50 percent (14-28) in that half. The Panthers shot 39.7 percent in the game.
South Dakota will host Creighton (2-1) in their home opener on Tuesday at 7 p.m.