Hot Shooting Dooms Panthers At Loyola
Feb. 21, 2004
CHICAGO - Maria Viall registered her 11th double-double of the season but it wasn't enough as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's basketball team dropped a 79-62 Horizon League contest to Loyola University here Saturday (Feb. 21). The Panthers lost for the first-time in eight games and fell two games behind league leading UW-Green Bay with two games to play. Milwaukee dropped to 14-11 overall and 10-4 in the league while the Ramblers improved to 11-14 overall and 6-8 in the Horizon League.
Loyola jumped out to an early lead, going ahead 12-5 just over four minutes into the game. The Panthers then stormed back and scored 13 of the next 15 points to grab an 18-14 lead. The run was highlighted by two Viall layups and two three-pointers by Kiley Johnson. UWM continued to lead and went up 25-23 on a Jennie Kollberg bucket with 1:13 in the half. However, back-to-back triples by Loyola's Paige Harris and Meshkenet Lands closed out the half and gave Loyola the momentuma and a 29-25 halftime bulge.
The Ramblers continued the pressure in the early part of the second half and went up 11, 36-25, on a Danielle Lonie three-point play with 18:53 on the clock. Milwaukee cut the lead to six, 40-34, on a Viall layin with 15:28 to play before Loyola turned it up offensively while holding the Panthers in check on defense.
Viall cut the lead to six, 59-53, with 5:37 on the clock before two Ciara Henderson three-balls and two free throws by Danielle Lonie pushed the cushion to 66-53 with 4:01 left. Milwaukee could get no closer than eleven the rest of the way as the Ramblers clinched the win to split the season series between the schools.
Viall finished with 16 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks but connected on just 6-of-15 shooting from the floor. Teri Huff contributed 15 points and six boards off the bench while Anne Witte added a season-high 13 points to go with three rebounds and three assists. Ciara Henderson scored 20 points to lead the Ramblers while Lonie added 17 points and seven boards. Loyola connected on 11 three-pointers on the day and outrebounded the Panthers 43-40.
Milwaukee will enjoy just one day off before a showdown with UW-Green Bay on Monday (Feb. 23). The game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. start at the Klotsche Center and will be aired live on Fox Sports North and Fox Sports Chicago.