Second-Half Scoring Run Sends Drake Past Milwaukee
Dec. 29, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa - Drake University started the second half with a big scoring run to take control of the game in claiming a 79-57 victory over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's basketball team Sunday afternoon at the Knapp Center.
The Panthers (3-9) looked to have regained momentum of the contest with a strong finish to the first half, only to see the Bulldogs (6-5) open the second half with an 18-4 scoring run to push their advantage to 59-37 with 11:47 to play.
"Today we played a very good Drake team that takes pride in moving the ball well," UWM head coach Kyle Rechlicz said. "We really struggled to get into a flow on offense, taking incredibly quick shots, and we lacked the defensive intensity needed to be in this game."
Milwaukee never gave up down the stretch, but could not get any closer than 11 after Drake built that lead, helped along by making 10 of its first 15 attempts from three-point range in making 50 percent of its shots from the floor overall on the day.
Sophomore Avyanna Young recorded her second-straight double-double and fifth of the season, finishing with 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the way.
"We knew they could shoot the three well and they capitalized on every defensive mistake we made," Rechlicz said. "Going into preparation for our next game against Omaha, we have to learn to be tougher, play through being tired, and take pride in our defensive system."
Kyndal Clark led four Bulldogs in double-figures with a game-high 19 points.
The first half saw the Panthers fall down by as many as 14, but they battled all the way to the horn. The team finished the half by scoring 10 of the final 14 points in the contest, with a Green three-pointer at the buzzer trimming the deficit to eight points at 41-33.
Drake did not miss often from distance, going 7-of-11 on three-pointers to pull away in the middle of the period. In fact, UWM led 10-8 at the 15:26 mark on a fastbreak layup by Young before the Bulldogs took over.
That started them on a 20-5 run that turned the game. They would lead 28-15 at that point and, after trading baskets for a stretch, led by as many as 14 at 37-23 before Milwaukee would respond in the final four-plus minutes.
Drake made 56 percent of its first-half shots and held that lead despite UWM forcing 12 turnovers before intermission. The Panthers were at 38.7 percent in the first.
The Panthers are now off until the New Year, heading to Nebraska for the final game before Horizon League play starts. Milwaukee takes on Omaha January 5, starting at 2 p.m. to open 2014.