Hoosiers Stay Perfect After Pulling Away From Panthers
Dec. 11, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University continued its best start to a season in 19 years with an 87-68 victory over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's basketball team Wednesday evening at Assembly Hall.
"They are competitors and they have a great point guard in Larryn Brooks and she proved it tonight," UWM head coach Kyle Rechlicz said. "She is incredible and really put them on her back at the start of that game."
The Panthers (2-7), taking on the Hoosiers (10-0) for the first time in program history, made it a one-possession game midway through the first half, only to see IU take control with a big scoring run to take a double-digit halftime lead.
"We have to learn how to play through the physical and mental toughness, when a team is going on a run, really buckling down and getting a score or a stop," Rechlicz said.
Junior Emily Decorah came off the bench to score a season-high 15 points, making four three-pointers. Sophomore Avyanna Young also finished with 15 points, adding six rebounds. Junior Ashley Green had 14 points and senior Angela Rodriguez was also in double-figures with 13 points.
Rodriguez's added a double-double when she tied her career-high with 10 assists. It marked the second time this season that she has accomplished the feat with points and assists. It's just the ninth time a player has recorded a points/assists double-double in UWM program history and Rodriguez owns three of those.
Larryn Brooks, less than a week removed from her IU-freshman record 37-point performance, had 16 by halftime en route to a game-high 27 points, including a 7-for-9 showing from three-point range in front of an announced crowd of 1,891.
The Panthers trailed 64-40 in the second before coming to life, hitting three straight 3's as part of a 15-3 run to get within 12 at 67-55 on a Green three in transition with 8:19 to play. They cut the deficit to 11 just after, but could never get over the hump down the stretch.
"I feel like our team just fights," Rechlicz said. "We don't give up and we are truly a team. We compete together, we fight together, there is never any time where I feel we are out of sorts with one another and I appreciate that. I do know that will help us when we get to conference and the latter part of the season."
Milwaukee battled throughout the first half, but gave up a season-high 48 points before intermission to trail 48-35. Hot shooting to start the game really helped UWM, hitting at close to 60 percent early to cut into what was a 12-point deficit at 25-13.
The Panthers kept gaining confidence and, on the strength of an 11-2 run, were within three at 27-24 on a fastbreak layup by Young at the 9:26 mark.
Indiana responded with a timeout to stop the momentum and whatever they did worked. Similar to the Bowling Green game Sunday, the Hoosiers took control of the game with a 17-4 run that built the lead to its largest at 44-28.
Milwaukee started 4-of-5 from the floor and was within one at 10-9, but an IU run of 15-4 gave it an early advantage.
For the game, the Panthers shot 43.3 percent (26-of-60), including a 40 percent (10-of-25) effort from long-distance. The Hoosiers ended right at 50 percent (33-of-66) and out-rebounded UWM 39-30, helping out the 46-18 advantage they enjoyed in the paint.
The Panthers return home to face another big in-state rival, welcoming Marquette to the Klotsche Center Dec. 15. Tip off time is set for 1 p.m.