Milwaukee Announces All-Decade Basketball Teams
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Feb. 18, 2010) - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has announced its men's and women's basketball All-Decade Teams for the 2000's.
The five-member teams were voted on by the fans and are to be honored at this evening's men's and women's basketball games at the U.S. Cellular Arena. Almost 700 fans voted on the all-decade teams, yielding the results.
On the men's side, the program's all-time leading scorer, Clay Tucker (1999-03) headlined the list. He was joined by Dylan Page (2000-04), who helped Milwaukee to its first NCAA Tournament berth in 2003. The team was rounded out by a trio of key contributors from the 2005 NCAA Sweet 16 team, that team's leading scorer Ed McCants (2003-05), as well as Adrian Tigert (2001-06) and Joah Tucker (2003-06), who also led the Panthers to the NCAA Second Round in 2006.
Traci Edwards (2005-09), who amassed over 2,000 points in her career, was listed on 89 percent of ballots and headlined the women's all-decade team. Nichole Drummond (2002-06) and Molly O'Brien (2002-06) joined Edwards, teaming with the Menasha, Wis., on the 2006 NCAA Tournament squad that won 22 games. Maria Viall (2000-04) and Jessica Wilhite (1999-03), teammates on UWM's first NCAA Tournament team in 2001, completed the list.
Fans were solicited for their votes at uwmpanthers.com and Milwaukee home basketball games. The Panthers previously named all-decade teams for each decade of existence in 1996-97. The men's teams dated back to the 1930's and the women's to the 1970's.
All-Decade Team Player Capsules:
Dylan Page made more individual progress in his four years at UWM than perhaps any other player. A lightly recruited player from Amherst, Page went from a reserve early in his career to the Horizon League Player of the Year and an honorable mention Associated Press All-American in 2004. He led Milwaukee to a pair of Horizon League titles and berths in both the NCAA Tournament and the NIT, where UWM claimed its first-ever Division I postseason victory. As a senior, he also claimed Mid-Major All-American honors from CollegeInsider.com and all-region honors from both the United States Basketball Writers Association and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Ed McCants is the one member of the team that played just two seasons at UWM. He was named the Horizon League Player of the Year and an honorable mention Associated Press All-American following the 2004-05 season while leading UWM into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. In just two years, McCants surpassed 1,000 points and sits ninth on the Panthers' Division I scoring list. He also holds the top two single-season marks for three-pointers made. Including his three NCAA Tournament outings, he finished his career by scoring in double figures in 24-straight games.
Joah Tucker played at Milwaukee for three years after transferring home from Bradley. He helped the Panthers to a pair of NCAA Tournament berths, three NCAA Tournament wins and three-straight Horizon League regular season titles. Tucker was also a two-time First-Team All-Horizon League honoree. For his career, the Milwaukee native started 94-straight games, finishing eighth on the school's all-time scoring list and sixth on the school's Division I rebounding list. Tucker was also the 2005 Horizon League Tournament Most Valuable Player before leading UWM into the Sweet 16. He followed that up in 2006 by earning League All-Tournament honors and an NCAA Tournament First Round win.
Adrian Tigert was at UWM for five seasons, sitting out his second year as a Panther with an injury. By the time Tigert was a senior, the Oshkosh native had earned All-Horizon League Second-Team honors, league all-defensive team honors and was named the Horizon League Tournament's Most Valuable Player. Tigert played a key role on NCAA Tournament teams in 2005 and 2006 and he played on three-straight Horizon League regular season champion squads. He played in a school-record 120 games and is UWM's Division I career leader in rebounds. In the classroom, Tigert was also working on his masters' degree by the time his career was complete and he earned I-AAA Scholar-Athlete honors.
Nichole Drummond was pivotal senior leader on the 2006 team that won a school-record 22 games and claimed league regular season and tournament titles. She is one of just three Panthers to earn multiple all-league first team awards, earning the award as a junior and senior. She was also a league all-defensive team selection her final season. A steady scorer throughout her career, Drummond is a member of the program's 1,000-point club and is ninth in school history in scoring.
Molly O'Brien was a jack of all trades in her career, leading the team in rebounding, assists and steals at different points in her career. She played from 2002-2006, seeing her career culminate on the 2006 Horizon League championship team. A member of Milwaukee's 500 rebound club, she is among the top five in school history for career rebounds and steals. As a junior, she led the league in steals with 82 and was named to the all-league second team and all-defensive team.
Maria Viall ushered Milwaukee's long history of dominant post players into the new millennium. As a freshman, she played a key role on the Panthers' NCAA Tournament team, finishing second on the team in scoring and finishing as the team's top rebounder. Over her next three seasons, she dominated the league, earning all-league first team honors three times and being named Horizon League Player of the Year twice. Viall graduated as UWM's all-time leader in career points and blocked shots and was the Division I leader in rebounds with nearly 1,000.
Jessica Wilhite made contributions all over the court in her career, but it is her three-point shooting that truly sets her apart in school history. She buried a school-record 277 career three-pointers, including 93 in 2001 when she led Milwaukee to its first NCAA Tournament. Wilhite graduated as the program's Division I leading scorer with 1,471 points, the school and league's leader in career three-pointers, school record holder in free throw percentage and in the top five in school history in steals and assists.