Rodriguez Nets 1,000th Career Point As Panthers Drop Raiders
Feb. 23, 2013
DAYTON, Ohio - Junior Angela Rodriguez scored 19 points and became the 18th member of the 1,000-point club as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's basketball team topped Wright State University, 74-61, Saturday afternoon at the Nutter Center.
The Panthers (8-16, 4-8 Horizon League) snapped a long streak against the Raiders (10-16, 4-9 Horizon League) in the process, putting a halt to an eight-game slide in the series that dated back to 2009.
"It was a full team effort again - that is three games in a row where we have had 17 or more assists and I just credit all of the players for that because they are working so well together," UWM head coach Kyle Rechlicz said. "They want to win so badly and they want to win for each other. It's been a lot of fun, these past two weeks or so, all of us just coming together as a team and really playing with a lot of heart."
Senior Sami Tucker posted a double-double of 18 points and 14 boards, tying her career-high with the rebound total. Junior Emily Decorah racked up five more three's on her way to 17 points and sophomore Ashley Green added seven points, six rebounds and five assists.
Kim Demmings had another big game in defeat for WSU, scoring 28 points and adding 10 rebounds.
Tied, 47-47, with just over 11 minutes to go, Milwaukee used a huge 21-8 scoring run to open back up a 10-plus point advantage, leading at 68-55 with 3:52 left on a Tucker layup.
Rodriguez's milestone came in that stretch, as her three-pointer at the 6:53 mark was the first of back-to-back triples for the junior sharpshooter and was part of eight in a row by UWM that pushed the lead back to 12 at 63-51.
"She didn't even know, which was good, because she didn't play with the fear of having to score her 1,000th," Rechlicz said. "But she was a big leader tonight."
The victory was also the third in a row for Milwaukee, the first three-game win streak in just short of two calendar years. In addition, the team broke season records for three-pointers made at 216 (record was 212 set in 2010-11) and three's attempted at 605 (record was 586 set in 1996-97).
Green's jumper just into second half gave UWM a 10-point advantage at 35-25. However, the momentum was short-lived as WSU went on a run of 20-9 to eventually take its first lead since early in the contest at 45-44 on a three-pointer with 13:30 to play.
The Panthers put forth a solid first-half effort, but a strong end to the period by the Raiders took a little shine off of it. Milwaukee led by as many as 12 at 30-18 with 2:18 remaining on a pair of Tucker free throws. From there it was all WSU, scoring the final seven points to get within five at 30-25 at intermission.
Down 8-3 to start the contest, a timeout by Rechlicz seemed to light a fire under her team, sending them to seven points in a row as part of a 15-2 run to make it 18-10. The defense was just as good, holding Wright State to just one made field goal in that nine-minute stretch.
The run eventually built to 20-5 overall, giving UWM its first 10-point lead of the period at 23-13 on a Tucker three-pointer with 4:37 remaining.
Next up, the Panthers remain on the road once again, traveling down to Chicago for a contest against Loyola Thursday. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.