Red-Hot Ramblers Halt Milwaukee's Winning Streak
Feb. 28, 2013
CHICAGO, Ill. - Simone Law scored a career-high 33 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Loyola University used a big second half to hand the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's basketball team a 92-76 defeat Thursday night at Gentile Arena.
The Panthers (8-17, 4-9 Horizon League) led by as many as eight points in the first half, but the Ramblers (14-13, 9-5 Horizon League) shot 57.1 percent in the second half in scoring 54 points to snap Milwaukee's three-game winnings streak. In the process, they also extended their winning streak to seven games in a row for the first time since 1988-89.
"We were definitely in control on offense in the first half, but it did not necessarily feel like we were in control on the defensive side," UWM head coach Kyle Rechlicz said. "With the addition of Simone Law (back from injury), it gives them that inside presence. We struggled to defend her and with shooters on the back side like Monica Albano, we couldn't double-team her, and our size hurt us tonight."
Junior Angela Rodriguez led the way with 22 points and added eight assists. Senior Sami Tucker was next with 14 points and also had four steals and four rebounds. Junior Emily Decorah was also in double-figures with 11. Decorah established a new league-only record for three's in a conference season when she hit her 53rd on the year.
Loyola had three others besides Law in double-figures. Troy Hambric had 18, Monica Albano 16 and Taylor Johnson 13 points off the bench.
Milwaukee trailed by as many as 15 at 64-49, but used a 9-2 spurt to get back within seven at 71-64 on a free throw by freshman Macie Dorow. But, Loyola would stop the momentum, scoring six of the next eight to push its advantage back to 11. It would never fall below double-figures the rest of the way as Loyola poured in a season-high 92 points.
"They play with a lot of heart and it's something for us to learn from," Rechlicz said. "When the game was on the line, they crashed the offensive boards and got extra possessions. That is something that we have to strive to do. We had done that the past few games, but we didn't show that same intensity tonight."
Tucker tied the game out of the second-half gate, but the Ramblers reeled off seven in a row as part of a 12-2 run that gave them a 10-point lead at 50-40. The run was quick, taking just over three minutes and coming out of nowhere just into the second. Loyola wasn't done there, extending that run to 18-5 to lead, 56-43, on a three-ball at the 14:41 mark.
Milwaukee let a very solid first-half effort go a little flat right at the end of the period. Up six at 36-30 on a jumper by freshman Sydney Howard with 4:37 to play, the team would go cold from there. Loyola scored the final eight points of the half and led, 38-36, at intermission.
Back and forth for a bit, a pair of three's by Rodriguez and Decorah quickly made it 32-26. Milwaukee used a hot shooting touch to lead by as many as eight at 20-12 when Rodriguez hit a jumper at the 12:41 mark. But, Loyola would use a 13-4 run to jump back ahead at 25-24 on a Law layup at the 7:03 mark and had it tied again at 26-26 on a free throw.
The Panthers wrap up the four-game road trip with their final away game of the regular season, taking on Detroit Saturday at 1 p.m. CST.
"That becomes a really big game," Rechlicz said. "We just have to lock into our game plan, focus on us and bring the intensity."