Milwaukee Women Rewrite Record Book In 116-112 Victory
Dec. 4, 2012
MILWAUKEE - Sophomore Ashley Green scored a career-high 33 points including a three-pointer at the buzzer in regulation to help the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's basketball team to a 116-112 double-overtime victory over Bradley University Tuesday night at the Klotsche Center.
The back-and-forth play of the Panthers (4-4) and Braves (5-4) made for an entertaining evening, setting numerous program records, including most points ever scored by a UWM team and most combined points in a game at 228, breaking the former mark of 200.
"We gave the crowd a great show tonight," Panthers head coach Kyle Rechlicz said. "It was a very high-scoring game and I knew it was going to be. Bradley is a very disciplined team and they shoot the three just as well as we do. I told their coach before the game that it was going to be who battled it out at the end."
Down 87-84 with just 3.7 seconds left and having to go the length of the floor, Green grabbed a pass from junior Emily Decorah near midcourt, dribbled down the sideline and banked in an off-balance three-pointer with a defender in her face as time expired to send the game to overtime.
"Actually, that was how we drew it up, but it always looks better when they hit the shot," Rechlicz said. "The truth is, Emily made an amazing pass. If she doesn't make that pass, we don't have the opportunity to win the game. All of the parts had to work, and we worked really hard to make it happen."
The Panthers would establish school records for points with 116 (breaking the mark of 112 set against Northeastern Illinois in 1991), most field goals made with 46 (mark was 39 against NE Ill.), field goals attempted with 91 (83), three-pointers made with 17 (15 against Wright State in December of 2010) and assists with 31 (28 against Central Michigan in 2000).
"I think I am most proud about the most assists," Rechlicz said. "That is something that we have taken pride in - working together and playing together. We have a lot of people that can step up and hit shots - we don't need to put it on people's backs. But there were two people that really stepped up big for us tonight on the scoring end and that was Ashley Green and Angela Rodriguez."
The 17 three's not only set a school record, but marked the most three-pointers made in a game this season at the NCAA Division I level as seven different players hit 3's for UWM. The 116 points came up just short of the best in the NCAA in 2012-13, trailing only the 118 that Troy tallied against Furman Nov. 18.
In addition to Green's 33 points, she added nine rebounds, five assists, two blocks, a steal and at least four charges drawn in 37 minutes of action after fouling out in the first overtime period. Her 33-point outburst marked the first 30-plus point game for a Panther in over two calendar years (last was Nov. 16, 2010).
Junior Angela Rodriguez added a season-high 22 points, while handing out a game-high eight assists. She was unstoppable in the first overtime period after Green fouled out, scoring 11 of the team's 14 points in the period.
"Ashley had a great (game) and then when she fouled out, Angela put the team on her back and really carried us," Rechlicz said. "I could not be more proud of our girls. They rose to the occasion. They knew we needed this win and did everything they could to get it. We fight. That is the biggest thing for us."
Senior Sami Tucker scored 21 points in 29 minutes before also fouling out. Decorah added 13 and Theut finished with a career-high 12 points. Sophomore Janna Swopshire grabbed a game-high and career-best 11 rebounds, while adding a career-high six assists and chipping in with four points.
Shronda Butts led the Braves with 34 points, just the 17th time a UWM opponent has scored more than 30 in a single contest. Katie Yohn added a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds and Katie O'Leary went 16-for-16 from the free throw line as part of her 18-point scoring line.
Bradley helped combine to break the most points combined mark (200 in a 101-99 decision at Cleveland State in 1996) and also set opponent records for free throws made with 36 (was 33) and tied the free throws attempted standard with 43. In addition, O'Leary's 16-for-16 mark from the free throw line was an opponent record for free throws made and percentage (former mark was 11-for-11).
For the game, the Panthers shot a season-high 50.5 percent (46-for-91) from the floor and an impressive 51.5 percent (17-for-33) from three-point range. UWM had 46 of the game's 99 rebounds and found a way to win despite shooting just 13 free throws (making seven) compared to a 36-of-43 effort from the charity stripe by Bradley.
Milwaukee opened up a nice lead in the second half and led comfortably, 52-40, but a 12-4 run made it 56-52 and forced a Milwaukee timeout at the 12:33 mark. Green took over the game from there, scoring 13 consecutive points for Milwaukee at one point.
Bradley would not go away, taking its first lead of the game with just 3:27 remaining in regulation on a three-pointer by Yohn at 79-78.
Four free throws evened out against layups by Tucker and Green, and Milwaukee found itself down by three at 85-82 with 90 seconds left in regulation. After a pair of BU misses from the line, Theut rebounded a Rodriguez missed three and put in the layup to make it 85-84. A foul and two made free throws by O'Leary set the stage for Green's heroics.
Milwaukee led by as many as 12 in the first half on a Tucker layup with 5:20 to play. Bradley got back in it and trimmed the margin to six at 36-30, but back-to-back three's by Tucker and Rodriguez pushed the advantage back to 12. A pair of BU free throws made it a 10-point game at intermission.
The 42 points in the first half marked a season-high for Milwaukee in the first 20 minutes. It was a terrific first half for UWM, shooting 45.5 percent (15-for-33) in the period, recording assists on 12 of the 15 makes.
Back and forth from the start, no team led by more than four points with the game featuring four ties. With the score 20-19 in favor of the home team, UWM went on a 10-0 run in a span of less than three minutes that pushed the advantage to 30-19 on a basket by Rodriguez at the 8:35 mark. Green was hot in that spurt as well, scoring eight points in a row at one point including a pair of three's.
The Panthers get right back to the road next, starting a three-game stretch away from Milwaukee at Toledo Dec. 8. Game time is set for 1 p.m.