Cleveland State @ Milwaukee
Saturday, Jan. 12 2 p.m.
Milwaukee, Wis. (Klotsche Center/5,000)
Radio: WOKY - 920 AM (Scott Warras)
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MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Jan. 11, 2007) - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's basketball team will look to make it three-straight wins, and four-straight at home, when it hosts Cleveland State Saturday afternoon at the Klotsche Center. The Panthers and Vikings tip off at 2 p.m.
Milwaukee has won four of its last five games, including 2-of-3 in league play ... the Panthers held off a late rally to defeat Youngstown State Thursday and hand YSU its first league loss ... Cleveland State also suffered its first league loss Thursday, falling at Green Bay ... the Vikings had won five-straight, their longest winning streak since 1984-85 season ... Traci Edwards collected her 37th career double-double Thursday vs. YSU, setting a school record ... the Panthers were picked to win the Horizon League in its preseason poll of league coaches, SIDs and media members ... Edwards was named the Horizon League Preseason Player of the Year.
The Panthers once again return to the road, welcoming Valparaiso to the Horizon League Thursday night in Indiana. UWM and Valpo tip off at 7 p.m.
Catching Up With Cleveland State
The Vikings fell for the first time in league play this season their last time out, losing at Green Bay, 87-61. The loss also ended CSU's five-game winning streak. Never-the-less, Cleveland State is off to a 2-1 start in league play and is led this season by sophomore Kailey Klein. Last year's League Newcomer of the Year, Klein is second in the league to Traci Edwards in scoring at 17.6 points per game, while also hauling down a team-best 5.5 rebounds per contest. The Vikings' scoring is diversified, as no other player is in double-figures, but the other four starters are all at 5.9 ppg-or-better. Brittany Korth is second on the team at 9.3 ppg and third in the league in assists with four per outing.
The Panthers lead the all-time series with Cleveland State, 18-13. Milwaukee fell in the last meeting 57-54 in Cleveland, but have won the last eight games played in Milwaukee. In the two teams' last contest at the Klotsche Center, Traci Edwards set and tied a number of school records, most notably with 42 points and six blocked shots.
Last Time Out: Milwaukee 76, Youngstown State 66
Milwaukee nearly saw Youngstown State overcome a 17-point deficit, but held on for a 76-66 win Thursday evening at the Klotsche Center. UWM turned a 12-point halftime lead into a 17-point advantage before the Penguins went on an 18-2 run to pull within one at 52-51 with 9:03 to play. Aubri Rote stopped the bleeding with a long three to spark an 8-0 Panther run and seal the game.
Notes From The Youngstown State Game
UWM set a season high for free throws attempted for the second-straight game ... Jodie McClain had nine assists--a career and team season-best ... McClain also had a streak of 17-straight free throws made snapped ... Turquoise McCain also had a career and season team-best, swiping five steals ... Milwaukee has won three-straight home games after opening the season 0-4 at the Klotsche Center.
What It Takes To Win
Every team needs things to go right in order to win, but the keys for the Panthers this season have been rebounding and three-point shooting. In all seven of their wins, they have outrebounded their opponents and hit at least 6 three-pointers. The rebounding comparison is staggering, as UWM is outrebounding opponents by 15.6 per game in its seven wins, but concede a 3.0 rebounding edge in seven losses. From three-point range, Milwaukee is shooting 44.7 percent in wins, compared to just 27.3 in losses.
Double Or Nothing
At Detroit last Saturday, Traci Edwards collected her 36th career double-double, tying a school record. She followed that up with school-record No. 37 Thursday against Youngstown State. In fact, Edwards had 15 points and 11 boards at halftime to push past the record and tie another--career double-digit rebounding games (38). She has wasted little time in racking up the double-doubles, reaching 37 in just 75 games thanks to a school-record 15 as a freshman, on her way to averaging a double-double for the season. That single-season mark is in jeopardy, as she has notched nine in 14 games this season.
As just a junior, Traci Edwards is poised to hold a number of school records when her career comes to an end. The parade of records has already started with her aforementioned double-double mark. But, against Youngstown State Thursday, she sank seven free throws, giving her 394 for her career. Maria Viall had held the school mark of 390 and is currently the record holder in attempts with 550, just eight ahead of Edwards. Edwards also trails Viall by just eight 20-point games and is one double-digit scoring game from tying Daryl Schaffeld for third-most in school history (71).
Double-Double Fun Facts
Junior Turquoise McCain posted her first career double-double against North Dakota State ... UWM now has 10 double-doubles this season (Traci Edwards 9) ... McCain was the 24th player in school history to post a double-double ... the program has had 181 since moving to Division I, including 175 consisting of points and rebounds ... McCain is one of four players on the active roster with a double-double, joining Edwards (37), Emily Markert (1) and Jody Crumble (1) ... Crumble's came as part of UWM's only triple-double ... Edwards holds the single-season mark (15) and Erica Young had the most in a row (5) ... aside from Crumble, the only other players with point/assist double-doubles are Pam Bartnik (5) and Jen Greger (1).
Sophomore Jodie McClain has become another offensive option for Milwaukee since joining the starting lineup at Wisconsin. In 10 starts this season, McClain is averaging 6.6 points, compared to just 3.8 points per game in four appearances off the bench. And, in her last four games, she has averaged 8.4 ppg, while shooting 52 percent from the field and 54.5 percent from three-point range. McClain has also demonstrated her shooting stroke from the free throw line, posting a streak of 17-straight free throws made that came to an end Thursday.
Milwaukee has found comfort on the road this season, as evidenced by its 4-3 record away from home. The Panthers are shooting well on their opponents' rims, hitting on 38.2 percent from three-point range and 77.8 percent from the free throw line. UWM went 6-11 on the road last season after a 9-5 road mark in 2005-06.
Buying A New Calendar
The Panthers have found their fair share of success after the calendar turns in the middle of the season. In fact, UWM is now 5-2 over the last seven seasons in its first game after New Year's and 104-46 after New Year' since 1999-00. That mark includes a 17-2 record two years ago. Lastly, the Panthers are 36-15 in January since 2001-02.
Finding A Rhythm
Traci Edwards has found the shooting stroke she searched for after an early cold spell to start the season. She hit on an uncharacteristic 43.6 percent of her shots over the first four games. Since then, she has shot over 60 percent from the field. That stretch included 12-straight made shot attempts and a 9-for-9 effort at Central Michigan Dec. 8. She is now shooting 55.8 percent on the year, which is second in the league and 28th in the nation. Edwards is already the school record holder in career (58 percent) and single-season (59.9 percent) field goal percentage and ranked 10th in the nation as a freshman and 13th as a sophomore.
Pacing The Panthers
It's no surprise that Traci Edwards is the focal point of the Panther offense. But, this season, she has stepped up that team-leading production. In 75 career games, Edwards has led the team in scoring 60 times and rebounding 63 times. She has led the team in scoring in 13-of-14 games this season and had a streak of 27-straight games she played in where she led the team in scoring come to an end. She also had a smaller streak of 11-straight games leading in rebounding snapped. Aubri Rote ended the scoring streak at Central Connecticut State. That streak was a school record and three times longer than any such streak in the team's Division I history. Since then, Edwards has led the team in scoring in nine-straight games, already the second-longest streak in school history.
Keeping It Going
Edwards has kept one streak going for quite some time, scoring in double-figures for the 37th-straight game Thursday. She started the season with a 23-game streak that had already established a school record and scored 30 points in the season opener. The 30-point outing was a school record for points in a season opener and the fourth 30-point outing of her career, another record (she now has five). It was also Edwards' fifth-straight 20-point game dating back to last season, tying a school record she had already shared. She has scored in double figures 70 times in her career (75 games), including 20-or-more points 33 times.
Everybody Gets Into The Act
Head coach Sandy Botham has been stressing the importance of bench scoring this season being key for winning. She may be on to something there. In UWM's seven wins, the Panther bench is averaging 25.1 points per game. In seven losses, Milwaukee is getting just 13.6 points from the bench. In fact, there have been seven double-digit scorers off the bench and, before Jan. 3 at Wright State, each had come in a win. Jineen Williams has three of the games, while Emily Markert and Maurika Hickman each tallied double-digits off the bench at Central Connecticut State and vs. La Salle.
Well, Maybe That USED To Be True
The UWM bench has been outscored in each of its last two games--both wins. Milwaukee is now 2-4 when its bench is outscored, compared to a 5-3 mark when the Panther bench scores more.
Panthers Pace Pack In Poll
The Panthers were picked to win the 2007-08 Horizon League regular season title in the league's annual preseason poll. Milwaukee, who last topped the poll in 2001-02, received 13 first-place votes and 253 total point to edge last year's regular season and tourney champ Green Bay with nine first-place nods and 244 points. Butler, in third with 238 points, also received five first-place votes, while UIC received the last one and was picked fourth (178 points). Voting was conducted among the league's coaches, SIDs and media members.
Two days after the release of the preseason poll, the league office announced its preseason all-league teams and junior Traci Edwards topped the list. She was named the Preseason Player of the Year with a near-unanimous 267 points. An all-league first-teamer as a freshman and sophomore, Edwards was player of the year on 24 ballots and listed second on the three others.
The Panthers are looking to continue a strong tradition of success in the Horizon League in 2007-08. Milwaukee has finished second-or-better in the league standings in seven of the last eight seasons and are 95-31 in league games since 1999-2000. UWM has won league titles in 2001 and 2006.
Milwaukee has seven wins this season, pushing its program win total to 498. The team now needs just two wins to reach the 500 mark. With their 10th win this season, the Panthers will also reach 250 wins at the Division I level. The program is 498-423 all-time, including 247-243 since moving to Division I in 1990.
As just a sophomore last season, Traci Edwards eclipsed the 1,000-point and 500-rebound marks. She reached both milestones faster than any other player in school history while putting herself in select company for each. Should she reach 500 points and 250 rebounds for the third-straight season, she would find herself in even more exclusive of company. Those figures would put her at 1,615 points and 843 rebounds, totals just three players have reached. She would also be third in the school's all-division history in both categories and in striking distance of all-time leading scorer Maria Viall (1,867) and Viall's Division I career rebounding mark (971). Over the early portion of the season, Edwards moved up as the program's third-highest Division I scorer (1,390 points), passing Daryl Schaffeld (1,387) Thursday, and past Molly O'Brien as the third-leading rebounder (729). Overall, she is now sixth all-time in scoring and fifth in rebounding.
My Better Half
Against North Dakota State Dec. 20, Edwards posted a notable first half by her own standards. In the opening period, she was held to just two points and no rebounds. It was her lowest scoring half since being held scoreless in the first half of the 2006 meeting with NDSU. It was also just the ninth half of two points or less of her career. She followed that up with 12 points in the second half. Edwards now has 72 career double-digit scoring halves, including 43 that have come in the second. As for the rebounds, it was the first half in which she did not have a rebound since the first half of her collegiate career--Nov. 11, 2005 at Oklahoma. She had had a rebound in 137-straight halves of basketball
Two numbers to keep an eye on for Sandy Botham are 20 and seven. If the Panthers can post their third 20-win season under Botham, the 12th-year head coach would reach 200 coaching wins at UWM. Last season, she slipped by the 200-win mark for her career and now has 209. Also, seven league wins would tie the Horizon League record for most league coaching wins. She currently has 120 league wins, an average of 10.1 league wins per season. The record is 125 by Kevin Borseth, who left Green Bay in the off-season to become head coach at Michigan.
Home Sweet Home
The Klotsche Center remains a difficult place for visiting teams to succeed. In 11-plus years under Sandy Botham, the Panthers are 100-46 at home. The Panthers went 8-5 at home last season after a school-record 13-3 home campaign in 2005-06. In league play, those numbers are even better as Milwaukee boasts a 69-16 home league mark. The Panthers have won 54 of their last 63 home league games over the last eight seasons and posted three perfect home league years--going 8-0 in 2003-04 and 7-0 in both 1999-2000 and 2000-01.
While the Klotsche Center is no picnic for opponents to play in, the Panthers have found harsh going on its home floor this season. UWM got off to a 0-4 start at home this season, with three of those losses have by three points or less. But, Milwaukee has rebounded to win its last three home games.
Back In Black & Gold
Head coach Sandy Botham returns nine letterwinners overall from last season, including an experienced core of four starters. Junior center Traci Edwards leads the way, coming off her second-straight all-league first team season in which she set school records for points and points per game. Guard Meredith Onson, one of two seniors on the team, also returns after finishing second on the team in scoring and three-pointers. Juniors Katie Fournier and Turquoise McCain round out the starters after starting a combined 47 games last season. Additionally, junior point guard Jody Crumble has started her second season at UWM after transfering from Jackson State. She started the final 10 games of the year after becoming eligible to play in the second semester last season.
Welcome To Milwaukee
With seven upperclassmen returning, the Panthers have an experienced base to work from. But, that didn't stop the coaching staff from bringing in a strong class of freshmen and a junior college transfer. A two-time NJCAA All-American at Illinois Valley Community College, Markita Barnes adds to an already outstanding junior class. Freshmen Maurika Hickman, Jenilee Klomstead, Stephanie Schell and Jineen Williams were also signed to National Letters of Intent in the off-season. Plus, UWM benefits from the eligibility of freshman transfer Lindsay Laur. Laur transferred from Colorado State between semesters last season and was ruled eligible for the start of the season.
Kicking It Up A Notch
All 29 Panther games will be carried live in the Milwaukee area on the radio, marking the most extensive radio package in the program's history. WOKY is in its second season as the radio home for UWM women's basketball after carrying half of the team's schedule last season. The station will also be the home of the Sandy Botham Radio Show, while both the show and every game will be available live at uwmpanthers.com.
Lights, Camera, Action
Also stepped up this season is the number of times Milwaukee will play on television. The Panthers will be televised live seven times this season after just three games were televised live last season. All seven will be televised live on Time Warner Sports Channel 32 in Milwaukee. Fans can also re-live the excitement, as each game will be replayed on TWS and available on Wisconsin On Demand Channel 1111. In addition, all league home games will also be available on Wisconsin On Demand and the Horizon League title game will also be televised on ESPNU. Every league game, home or road, with also be available via webcast on the Horizon League Network.
A Few More Notes
Milwaukee won its season-opener for the first time since 2001-02 ... the Panthers scored 88 points at Chicago State, a school record for points in a season opener ... in the season opener, Traci Edwards (30 points) and Aubri Rote (20 points) were the first UWM teammates to each tally 20 points since Feb. 11, 2006 ... it was also the first time that Milwaukee had a 30-point scorer and 20-point scorer in the same game since Jan. 15, 1998 ... Rote's season-opening night included a 6-of-7 three-point shooting effort, tied for the sixth-most three's in a single game and the fourth-best percentage in school history ... Milwaukee entered league season with a 5-6 record, it's best non-league mark since 2001-02 (6-5).
Building For The Future
Milwaukee signed a player to a National Letter of Intent during the earlt signing period when Amanda Viehauser of Minneapolis, Minn., committed to the Panthers during the early signing period. A varsity player since her eighth-grade year, Viehauser is coming off all-state honorable mention honors in her first year at Armstrong High School. She averaged 12.4 points per game and was named to the all-conference team. Prior to that, she played three years at Minneapolis Washburn High School.