Milwaukee Falls In Shootout With Leathernecks
Nov. 17, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Angela Rodriguez and Avyanna Young both recorded double-doubles but it was not enough as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's basketball team fell in a shootout to Western Illinois University, 99-86, at the Klotsche Center Sunday afternoon.
Young was one of five Panthers (0-2) to score in double figures, netting a career-high 22 points to go with her game-high 16 rebounds. Rodriguez added 18 more, making four three-pointers and dished out an impressive 10 assists on the day but it was not enough as WIU (3-1) shot better than 50 percent from the floor.
Marley Hall had a game-high 23 points to lead five Leatherneck players in double-digit scoring.
"I felt like we came out extremely aggressive on the offensive end, executing exactly what we wanted to execute, which was to go inside first and then look for outside shots second. However, defense is the name of the game," Milwaukee head coach Kyle Rechlicz said. "You have to make defensive plays to win the game and I feel like we came out really lax on the defensive side tonight and it's something we have got to build on and get better at."
Milwaukee came out of the gates hot, connecting on seven of its first nine shots. A jumper by Young from the wing gave UWM a 16-14 lead just 4:39 into the game.
The Leathernecks were able to answer though, going on a 14-2 run capped by an Ashley Luke jumper at the 10:45 mark gave WIU a lead that they would never relinquish.
Western Illinois stretched the lead to 18 when Milwaukee answered back right before the half. Rodriquez hit a three followed by six-straight points by Young and UWM closed the lead to just nine at the break.
""I felt like `Avy' just came out and really played her heart out," Rechlicz said. "She was a huge spark for us on the boards and I think people in our conference are going to have a hard time stopping her, especially when she is getting eight offensive rebounds."
The Panthers continued to cut into that lead early in the second half. A three-pointer by Macie Dorow at the 18:27 mark cut the deficit to just six. A basket by WIU and a pair of free throws for Rodriguez kept the game within six until a three ball from Liz Skotowski at the 17:53 mark and UWM could never recover.
"We just had some unforced turnovers that put us in a bad position and they scored 29 points off our 22 errors," Rechlicz said. "When you look down the line and you only lose by 13, those are some huge mistakes and they were just unforced. Western is a great team and I think that they have some really scrappy guards and it really put us on our heels. It was turnovers we shouldn't have had."
Milwaukee wraps up its three-game home stand to start the season Saturday. The Panthers welcome North Dakota State to the Klotsche Center for an 11 a.m. contest.