Drake Holds Off Milwaukee In Final Non-League Action
Dec. 29, 2012
MILWAUKEE - Four of five starters scored in double-figures and Drake University used a key late scoring run to post an 80-70 victory over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's basketball team Saturday afternoon at the Klotsche Center.
Sophomore Ashley Green led the way with 23 points and junior Angela Rodriguez had 22 to lead the Panthers (4-8), but it was not enough to overcome 51.6 percent field goal shooting by the Bulldogs (5-6) in the final game before conference action begins for each team.
"I give all of the credit to Drake - they are a great team," Milwaukee head coach Kyle Rechlicz said. "But, we had a game plan going in and we didn't really execute it the way that we had asked them to. You can't trade baskets - you have to be able to make a run. Drake did a great job and we have a lot to learn from this."
Drake built a second-half lead to as many as 14 with about 10 minutes left in the game before the Panthers gave it one last run. A three by Green and two layups by freshman Avyanna Young made it a game and had Milwaukee back within seven at 65-58 with 8:06 to play.
But, the Bulldogs responded, using seven points in a row of their own to build back that 14 point advantage and held UWM off from there.
Green added seven rebounds, three blocks and a pair of steals, while Rodriguez grabbed five boards and handed out five assists. Young finished with seven points and tied for the team lead with seven rebounds.
"It hurt us having Janna Swopshire on the bench with a foot injury and Macie Dorow out with the flu, so we lost two of our bench players," Rechlicz said. "Because of our transition game, we rely on being so deep and being able to sub people in and out. We had a few starters that had to play a lot of minutes tonight. We got tired."
Kyndal Clark led DU with 19 points and also had six assist and four steals. The visitors shot well all day, finishing with 33 makes on 64 attempts from the field.
"Teams seem to shoot really well against us," Rechlicz said. "We have to be able to make those adjustments at game time and we didn't do that tonight. Hopefully we will learn from this, move on and be ready for conference."
The Panthers came out on fire, scoring 16 points before the first media timeout to lead, 16-10, at the 15:18 mark. But, the team could manage just 13 more points before intermission and trailed, 37-19, at halftime.
Milwaukee shot 50 percent (19-for-38) in the second half to finish at 44.9 percent on the day.
Up next, the team is off until Horizon League play begins January 10 when it welcomes Wright State to the Klotsche Center for a 7 p.m. tipoff.