Katelin Oney and K.K. Armstrong enjoyed remarkable basketball careers at Cedar Rapids Washington High School, and now the two best friends are helping the University of Northern Iowa women's basketball team scale new heights.
Oney and Armstrong helped Washington compile an 88-14 record during their four years with the varsity. They made the Class 4A state tournament each season and finished second, second, third and second in Des Moines.
Success has followed them to Cedar Falls. The Panthers won the Missouri Valley Conference tournament and reached the NCAA tourney for the first time in school history last season, and this year they are sitting in first place in the MVC standings near the midpoint of the regular-season campaign.
Oney and Armstrong, a pair of 5-foot-7 guards, graduated from Washington in 2008. Armstrong committed to Northern Iowa during the early part of the summer of 2007, but Oney waited a little longer before picking Northern Iowa as well.
"They were actually our first signees of the new staff," said UNI Coach Tanya Warren, in her fourth year at UNI. "We wanted to build our program starting with those two."
The Panthers are 14-5 overall and 7-1 in the Missouri Valley Conference heading into Saturday afternoon's home date with Bradley.
Oney, a starting guard, is tied for the conference lead in 3-pointers and ranks 10th in scoring at 10.5 points. Armstrong, a key reserve, ranks 10th in the MVC in free throwing shooting and is averaging 7.3 points, fourth-best on the team.Read more...