Panthers Claim 69-64 Road Win Over Oakland
Dec. 5, 2004
ROCHESTER HILLS, MICH. - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee had four players in double-figures and held Oakland University scoreless for the last 1:36 of the game en route to a 69-64 non-league road win at the O' Rena here Sunday (Dec. 5). The Panthers led 31-30 at the break and trailed just twice in the second half to improve to 2-4 on the season. Meanwhile, Oakland drops its home opener in falling to 4-3 on the season.
The two teams traded buckets in the early part of the game and OU took a 7-5 lead on a Nicole Piggott layup at the 16:17 mark. Thanks to two Kiley Johnson three-pointers Milwaukee turned things around and went on a 10-0 run over the next 2:52 seconds to grab a 15-7 lead with 13:25 left in the half. Oakland battled back and scored the next five points but five consecutive points by Molly O'Brien gave UWM a 20-12 cushion at the 8:24 mark.
Oakland continued to fight and went on a mini-run to cut the lead to one, 25-24, on a Jenna Schroeder layup at 2:16. Milwaukee went back up by seven, 31-24, after four straight points by Teri Huff but the homestanding Golden Grizzlies scored the last six points of the half to cut the halftime deficit to one.
OU scored the first four points of the second half to race to a 34-31 lead with 17:56 left to play. However, Anne Witte and Aubrey Hampton connected for the next five points to give Milwaukee a 36-34 cushion. The Grizzlies scored six of the next seven points to go up 40-37 but a Becker layup and a Hampton three-ball gave Milwaukee a 42-40 lead at the 14:05 mark.
Oakland tied the game at 44 but six straight UWM points, four by Nichole Drummond, pushed the Panther cushion back to six, 50-44. OU continued to battle and scored 12 of the next 18 points to tie the game at 56 with 7:04 to play. Three points by Becker and Hampton highlighted Milwaukee's next two possessions but an Anne Hafeli layin at the 2:57 mark tied the game again, this time at 62 apiece.
The Panther defense took over from here and forced OU to shoot 1-7 from the floor with two turnovers in the final minutes. Offensively, Anne Witte put UWM up for good, 65-62, when she scored an old-fashioned three-point play off of the second of two offensive rebounds. Petra Mankova scored to cut the lead to one but two free throws apiece by Hampton and Huff sealed the victory for Milwaukee.
Kimberly Becker led UWM with 17 points and eight rebounds while Aubrey Hampton contributed 13 points, five assists and four rebounds. Huff added ten points, eight boards, three steals and two blocks with Nichole Drummond adding 10 points and six boards. Piggott led OU with 17 points while Anne Hafeli and Jayme Wilson added 16 and 14 each.
Milwaukee will come back to the state of Wisconsin to play the final game of a season-opening, seven-game road swing on Wednesday (Dec. 8). UWM will travel to Madison to face the University of Wisconsin at 7 p.m. at the Kohl Center.