Best of CKS – The Fifth-Year Element

2016 UNIWBB Seniors
Jen Keitel, Stephanie Davison, Sharnae Lamar and Amber Sorenson all came to the UNI Panther women’s basketball program in the same recruiting class. Now as fifth-year seniors, they lead UNI in the race for a Missouri Valley Conference title and a strong finish to their careers.

The Panthers host Senior Day this weekend along with the Bradley Braves and the Loyola Ramblers. These contests are the last scheduled games in the McLeod Center for a senior class that has come a long way…

Jen Keitel – Versatile post player that currently ranks in UNI’s career top ten for blocks (94, sixth), offensive rebounds (259, seventh) and rebounding (6.4 RPG, tenth) after successfully returning from an ACL injury

Stephanie Davison – Seasoned guard valued beyond her own statistics as a nationally-recognized student-athlete for her community service and off-court achievements and an effective defender against opponents’ top scorers

Sharnae Lamar – Starting point guard who overcame a career-threatening knee injury to return to the court as an important team leader and Panther top-ten assists provider (140 this season [third]; 291 career [tenth])

Amber SorensonThree-point specialist and more at forward, chasing Jacqui Kalin’s single-season/career three-point records (second with 86 last year, 207 in career) and approaching top ten in blocks (75 career)

As UNI’s seniors prepare for their final scheduled home games, here are this week’s capsules:

UNI Panthers (16-9 overall, 11-3 Missouri Valley [1st])
Last week: 85-74 win over Drake (REVIEW)
Preseason prognostication: 3rd/10 (one first-place vote), 23 points above #4 Southern Illinois
Highlighted stats: 24.5% allowed behind arc in four-game win streak; Seven straight wins against Bradley
Spotlight: Jen Keitel, 10 points from joining 1000-Point Club

Bradley Braves (8-18 overall, 4-11 Missouri Valley [T-8th])
Last week: 68-59 loss to Indiana State, 52-38 win over Illinois State (RECAP)
Preseason prognostication: 9th/10, 16 points behind #8 Loyola
Highlighted stats: Equaled or bettered first-round record for 14th straight year; MVC-only-low 51.9 PPG
Spotlight: Tamya Sims, MVC’s leader in total blocked shots

Loyola Ramblers (13-13 overall, 9-6 Missouri Valley [5th])
Last week: 73-61 win over Illinois State, 74-71 loss to Indiana State (RECAP)
Preseason prognostication: 8th/10, 9 points behind #7 Indiana State
Highlighted stats: Back-to-back overtime losses on last road trip; Conference-high 5.6 blocks per game
Spotlight: Taylor Johnson, returning strong from ACL tear

Tickets for these last home games can be purchased via UNItix and (319) 273-4849. Coverage is also available on News/Talk 1540 KXEL for those unable to attend or that want to bring their radios to the McLeod Center. For more information, visit unipanthers.com. Thanks for reading, and take care! U-N-I Fight! #UNIFight