Cold Shooting Second Half Leads To Defeat At NDSU
The Panthers wore green & white ribbons in their shoes Sunday to honor the Newtown victims.

The Panthers wore green & white ribbons in their shoes Sunday to honor the Newtown victims.

Dec. 23, 2012

Box Score

FARGO, N.D. - North Dakota State University stormed back in the second half to hand the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's basketball team a 60-48 defeat Sunday afternoon at the Bison Sports Arena.

The Bison (4-8) limited the Panthers (4-7) to their lowest scoring output of the season, erasing an 11-point halftime deficit with a 29-4 run at the start of the second half to take control.

Junior Angela Rodriguez led Milwaukee with 16 points. Senior Sami Tucker ended the day with 11 points and eight rebounds, while freshman Avyanna Young - making her first collegiate start - finished with five points and a team-best nine rebounds. Sophomore Ashley Green, who did not start due to an injury concern, was held to three points in just 14 minutes.

Dani DeGagne paced three Bison in double-figures with 16 points.

"You travel and fly a long distance to places and you take the chance of not shooting as well when you are on the road," UWM head coach Kyle Rechlicz said. "I just thought we came out today with a little less energy. Having Ashley out injured did not help our case, by any means, but we just didn't shoot well."

Looking to add to an 11-point cushion after halftime, Milwaukee scored four of the first six points and led comfortably, 38-25, after Young made a jumper at the 18:51 mark.

But then, the trouble began for the Panthers. NDSU found its shooting stride and UWM went ice-cold, resulting in that 29-4 run that included 15 straight points at one time to go ahead, 54-42, with about four minutes to play. The Panthers would cut the deficit to eight on a pair of occasions, but could get no closer.

Milwaukee finished the game at 28.6 percent (18-for-63) from the floor, including just 20 percent after halftime which included no makes on 10 three-point attempts.



Midway through the first half it looked like a completely different ballgame, with the Panthers firing on all cylinders and playing well on both sides of the ball. Trailing by one after North Dakota State went on a 9-2 run to lead 15-14, UWM used an impressive 15-2 run of its own to take control.

"They did not shoot as well in the first half and the big part of that was based on our defense," Rechlicz said. "But, we didn't shoot well the entire game - and it was everything from layups to jumpers to three's and it's really hard to win a game when you shoot under 30 percent."

The team used a strong defensive effort in the seven-plus minute stretch that limited the Bison to just one made field goal on eight attempts, while also forcing six turnovers.

Junior Emily Decorah's layup at the 3:43 mark capped the spree and made it 29-17 on the scoreboard. Milwaukee would lead by as many as 13 in the first, and take a season-best 11-point lead into the locker room at 34-23. It held NDSU to a 29.4 percent (10-of-34) shooting clip before intermission.

Up next, the Panthers close out the 2012 portion of the schedule with a home game, welcoming Drake to the Klotsche Center Dec. 29.

"I am excited for the girls to have some time over the holiday with their families," Rechlicz said. "We can rest and regroup or minds and then we have one more game to go before we start our conference schedule. It's going to be a challenge for us the rest of the year."

Tip time is set for 3 p.m. as the second part of a doubleheader with the UWM men.

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