Inside Presence Key in ISU Win Over UNI

AMES, Iowa - Iowa State closed out 2003 with a 75-48 win over instate rival Northern Iowa, keeping the Cyclones' series mark over the Panthers perfect at 13-0 in Hilton Coliseum. Lisa Kriener led all scorers with 20 points for ISU, while Cyclones Anne O'Neil and Brittany Wilkins added 17 and 11 points, respectively. Northern Iowa got 19 points from Amy Swisher and 10 points and 12 rebounds from Alex Cook.

"Overall, I was really pleased with how we played," ISU head coach Bill Fennelly said. "We practiced very hard and our players brought that to the court tonight."

After trading baskets to start the game, Iowa State went up by as much as 13 (24-11) with 10 minutes left in the first half. Northern Iowa fought back within three points (33-30) with 2:51 on the clock, fueled by three 3-pointers from Swisher. ISU's offense closed out the half with a 6-0 scoring run to give the Cyclones a 39-30 lead.

Iowa State took over in the second half, shooting 60 percent from the floor and limiting UNI to 18 points on 25 percent accuracy. The Cyclones matched their season low with just three treys in the game, but edged the Panthers on the boards 39-33. Iowa State hit 55.4 percent from the floor for the game and converted 10-of-12 free throws.

Iowa State plays host to Eastern Illinois Saturday at 1 p.m. in its final nonconference game of the season.

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