NORTHERN IOWA 79, DELAWARE 67
Cedar Falls, IA – Karli Rucker had a career-high 25 points as Northern Iowa took a double-digit halftime lead over Delaware and held on for a Round 1 victory in the Preseason WNIT.
The Panthers (1-0) will play at Marquette in Round 2 on Sunday, with tip set for 2 p.m. ET. The Blue Hens (0-1) move to the consolation round.
Megan Maahs added 17 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots for Northern Iowa, and Ellie Howell closed with 15 points and eight rebounds. Rucker also had six assists; the Panthers were 26-of-30 from the free-throw line.
Jasmine Dickey had 23 points and 12 rebound for Delaware. Abby Gonzales added 12 points, and Samone DeFreese scored 11 points to go with six rebounds.