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Northern Iowa Tops North Dakota State, 66-50

Courtesy: NDSU Athletic Media Relations
Release: November 17, 2012
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FARGO, N.D. - The North Dakota State women's basketball team fell to the University of Northern Iowa on Saturday afternoon in the Bison Sports Arena, 66-50.

Seniors Katie Birkel and Dani DeGagne led NDSU with 12 points apiece. Senior guard Jacqui Kalin tallied 26 points to lead Northern Iowa.

North Dakota State (2-2) shot 33.9 percent for the game, while Northern Iowa shot 42.9 percent. The Bison struggled from three-point range, connecting on just 4-of-17 attempts.

Northern Iowa (2-1) used a pair of first half runs to build a lead the Bison could not erase.

The Bison held an early 8-4 lead behind six points from senior guard Katie Birkel, but Northern Iowa was able to go on a 14-0 run to open up an 18-8 lead with nine minutes remaining in the first half. With the score at 22-13, the Panthers posted an 8-0 run to stretch the margin to 17 - the largest of the first half.

Northern Iowa led 31-18 at halftime, but the Bison rallied to trim the deficit to five points at 34-29 on a Hannah Linz three-pointer with 15:09 to play.

UNI pushed its lead back to 12 at 48-36 with 8:29 left, but NDSU once again responded to get within eight at 55-47.

Kalin scored nine straight points over the next two minutes - six coming on free throws - to ice the victory for the Panthers.

Sophomore Jamie Van Kirk pulled down eight rebounds and dished out three assists to lead NDSU in both categories.

North Dakota State travels to the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage, Ala., on Nov. 20-21. The Bison open against host Alaska-Anchorage at 11 p.m. (CT) on Tuesday, Nov. 20.

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