CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Sophomore Nicole Martin poured in 22 points but the Salukis fell short in a 71-63 loss at Northern Iowa Sunday. It was the second road loss in a row for SIU.
The Salukis fell behind by 19 points in the second quarter, but battled all the way back to take their first lead of the game, 45-44, on Kylie Giebelhausen's 3-ball with 1:20 to play in the third quarter.
UNI refused to roll over, making five of its first six shots in the fourth quarter and held the Salukis without a field goal for a 4:30 stretch to seal the win.
The Salukis were led by Martin, who was 9-of-17 from the field for a game-high 22 points. It marked the eighth-straight game in which she has reached double figures, and her third 20-plus point output of the season. Kylie Giebelhausen joined Martin in double figures with 14 points to go along with five rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.
UNI was led by Ellie Howell and Mikaela Morgan, who scored 17 and 16 points, respectively. The Panthers also held a significant edge on the glass, as UNI out-rebounded SIU, 40-to-25 behind 11 rebounds from Megan Maahs.
The Panthers roared out of the gates to the tune of a 12-2 lead. Southern opened the contest just 1-of-7 from the field and had five turnovers in the opening frame. Celina VanHyfte got SIU to within eight, 14-6, with her second basket of the game, but back-to-back Panther baskets, including Heidi Hillyard's jumper at the buzzer, gave UNI an 18-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.
UNI built its largest lead at 27-8 with a 9-2 run to open the second quarter. The Salukis returned the favor with a 10-2 spurt of their own, keyed by a pair of three-point plays from Martin. Martin scored 10 of her 14 first half points in the quarter and was 5-of-6 from the field in the frame.
SIU notched just two turnovers in the quarter and a layup by Martin with :17 to go in the first half got Southern to within eight, 34-26.
The Salukis shot 69.2 percent in the third quarter to take their first lead of the game, 45-44. UNI's Morgan answered with a three of her own, and a layup by Makenzie Silvey with :40 to go in the third tied the contest, 47-47.
A fast break layup off a steal by Martin gave SIU a brief 49-47 lead to start the fourth, but UNI countered with an 8-0 run to build a lead it never relinquished.
The Salukis are back in action Feb. 9 when they play host to Illinois State at the SIU Arena. Tip-off is 6 p.m.
Martin named MVC player of the week: Martin was named the MVC player of the week Monday after averaging 23 points in SIU's losses at Drake and Northern Iowa.
Martin converted 20 of 32 from the field in the two road games (62.5 percent), sinking 11 of 15 at Drake and 9 of 17 at Northern Iowa. Martin scored 24 points against the Bulldogs and 22 against the Panthers for her first back-to-back 20-point outings of her career. She has now reached double figures in eight straight games.
Missouri State redshirt freshman center Emily Gartner was the MVC newcomer of the week. Gartner averaged 14 points and 6.5 rebounds in the Lady Bears' games against Northern Iowa and Drake. She made 14 of 20 from the field (70 percent) over the weekend.