Jan. 22, 2014
| Game 17 | Wright State (14-5, 3-1) at Milwaukee (5-11, 1-2)
|| Thursday, January 23 | 7 p.m.
|| Milwaukee, Wis. | Klotsche Center (3,500)
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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's basketball team is back home for its longest stretch of the 2013-14 campaign and opens a four-game homestand when it hosts Wright State University Thursday evening. The Raiders will be a tough challenge, bringing a 3-1 conference record and the highest-scoring offense in the Horizon League at 81.5 points-per-game to the Klotsche Center. Tip-off time is set for 7 p.m.
The Last Meeting
February 23, 2013
UWM Game Notes
WSU Game Notes
LOOKING AT WRIGHT STATE
The Raiders will bring a 14-5 overall record to Milwaukee and have started 3-1 in Horizon League play with victories over Detroit, Oakland and Valparaiso. The high-flying Raiders average 85.1 points as a team, a total that ranks 16th in the NCAA. They have topped the 90-point plateau seven times already this season and also lead the nation in turnover margin, committing 10.3 less turnovers per game than their opponents. The team can also claim three different Horizon League Player of the Week recipients so far this season and are led by preseason player of the year Kim Demmings, who averages 21.0 ppg (second in the league). Ivory James (17.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg) and Tay'ler Mingo (13.6 ppg, 4.1 apg) are key contributors.
Milwaukee leads the relatively-even series, 23-21. Wright State has had the upper hand of late, winning eight of the past nine and 10 of 12. A year ago, these teams split the season series, with the away team winning each time.
Youngstown State University shot over 50 percent from the field and used a pair of decisive scoring runs to pull away and claim an 87-71 victory over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's basketball team Saturday at the Beeghly Center.
The Panthers (5-11, 1-2 Horizon League) trailed by five early in the second half before seeing the Penguins (8-9, 4-0 Horizon League) use a 15-4 scoring run to pull away and move into sole possession of first place in the conference with their 4-0 mark.
Junior Ashley Green lit it up for a season-high 25 points, adding five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Senior Angela Rodriguez added 18 points and four assists as the only other UWM player in double-figures. Junior Macie Dorow had seven points and five rebounds off the bench, with sophomore Sydney Howard chipping in six points in 11 minutes.
JUST THE THREE OF US
Senior Angela Rodriguez recorded her 200th career made three-pointer against New Mexico State Nov. 30. The list of players to reach that mark in program history is now three long, with Rodriguez chasing school record-holder Jessica Wilhite (277 from 1999-2003) the rest of the season after passing former Panther Daryl Schaffield (224 from 1996-2000) with her 225th made triple against Youngstown State Jan. 18.
THE STREAK IS OVER
The Panthers snapped a 17-game slide in the all-time series with the 75-64 victory over Green Bay Jan. 11, which also happened to be Milwaukee's first-ever win over the Phoenix at the Kress Center as well. To put the near-eight year streak into perspective, the last time UWM beat Green Bay, the current Panther seniors were not yet freshmen in high school.
LEAD THE WAY
Sophomore Avyanna Young has proven to be a rebounding machine so far in 2013-14. In fact, she led the team (or tied) in rebounding for 10 straight games from November 30 to January 16. That impressive stretch is the longest of its kind since the 2007-08 campaign, when Traci Edwards led the way in rebounding the final 11 contests of the season.
CLOSE TO SOMETHING SPECIAL
Sophomore Avyanna Young has now upped her season averages to 12.6 points and 9.5 rebounds per game to nearly be averaging a double-double on the year. How rare is that, you ask? There have been just three players in UWM's NCAA Division I history to accomplish the feat. Traci Edwards was the most recent (16.1 ppg/10.0 rpg in 2005-06), followed by Maria Viall and Erica Young. Viall was the only player to do it twice (18.2 ppg/10.9 rpg in 2003-04; 18.1/10.3 in 2002-03) while Young was the first player to do it (13.0 ppg/10.1 rpg in 1993-94).
A HELPING HAND
Senior Angela Rodriguez handed out 10 assists against the Hoosiers Dec. 11, the third time this season she has recorded nine-or-more and the sixth time in her career she has reached that mark. In fact, she currently leads the Horizon League at 5.9 assists per game (second is 4.7). She enters the week ranked 25th in the NCAA in assists and is on pace to become just the third Panther to ever average over 5.0 assists per game in program history. The school record is held by Pam Bartnik, who averaged 5.7 assists in 1993-94.
MORE ON THAT TOPIC
Rodriguez continues to stay on pace to set a new school record for most total assists in a season as well. She has 95 through 16 games, on pace for 172 if she plays all 29 regular-season games this season. That school record is 153, also set by Pam Bartnik during the 1993-94 campaign.
INTO THE RECORD BOOK
After reaching the required minimum of 175 career free throw attempts, senior Angela Rodriguez has jumped into second-place on the all-time free-throw percentage list with her 85.2 percent clip, having now made 201 of 236 from the charity stripe. The career leader is Lindsay Laur, who made 86.4 percent (273-of-316) in her UWM career from 2007-11. The duo remains the only players to make over 80 percent on the list.
LET IT SNOW
Sydney Snower made it two in a row for the Panthers as she garnered Horizon League Freshman of the Week honors Jan. 13 after scoring 11 points off the bench in the victory over Green Bay. The long-range sharpshooter buried all three of her three-point attempts to help down the Phoenix.
LET'S GET IT STARTED
The Panthers marked their 20th Horizon League opener Jan. 11 after officially joining prior to the 1994-95 campaign. The team is now 9-11 in conference openers all-time after winning at Green Bay, including 4-6 on the road. A year ago, UWM dropped its league opener at home to Wright State.
THE WARREN REPORT
Bre'Zall Warren was named Horizon League Freshman of the Week after coming off the bench to score 11 points, going 4-for-4 from the line and grabbing four rebounds in the victory over UNO Jan. 5. The award was the first of her career and marked the first league accolade for a Panther player since Sami Tucker was Player of the Week in February of 2012.
YOUNG AT IT AGAIN
Sophomore Avyanna Young posted her seventh double-double of the season against Green Bay Jan. 11, scoring 12 points while adding 13 rebounds. Her seven double-doubles currently ranked second in the Horizon League and is now the most in a season by a Panther since Lindsay Laur had 13 in the 2010-11 season. It also marked her fourth in a row, the most for a Panther since Laur had five straight stretching from December of 2010 through January of 2011.
The defense came to play for the Panthers in the win over Omaha Jan. 5. Milwaukee finished the day with the season-highs of 13 steals, more than twice its previous best of six, and 23 forced turnovers, which eclipsed the 20 forced against Drake Dec. 29. The defense also held Omaha to 27.6 percent shooting in the second half after it hit half of its shots in the first 20 minutes. The 18 points scored by the Mavs after intermission was the fewest allowed in a half by UWM since holding Valparaiso to just 15 back in February of 2012. Lastly, Milwaukee held an opponent to under 50 points (48) for the first time since limiting Valpo to 47 points back in March of 2012 - a span of 42 games.
20 IT IS
The 20-point margin of victory against Omaha Jan. 5 (68-48 final) marked the first 20-point win since UWM routed Chicago State, 82-58, back in the season opener of last season - a span of 41 games.
COMPLETE GAME EFFORT
The Panthers put together their most complete game effort of the season in the victory over Illinois State Dec. 22. The team posted its biggest margin of victory (15 points) in addition to holding its opponent to a season-low point total of 58 (previous low was 64). They also out-rebounded their opponent for the first time in six games and set season-bests by holding the Redbirds to 30.6 percent field goal shooting overall and just 9.5 percent on three-point shooting.
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
The Panthers set a record for fewest turnovers per game last season at 16.2 and are once again on pace to lower that mark even further in 2013-14. Through 16 games, UWM has just 13.6 turnovers per contest. That number currently ranks 29th in the NCAA.
WHAT SOPHOMORE SLUMP?
Sophomore Avyanna Young continues her breakout campaign and is on pace for making quite the statistical jump from one year to the next. As a freshman a year ago, Young averaged 4.3 points per game. Her scoring average of 12.6 so far this season marks an improvement of nearly 200 percent. The last player to make such a jump into a double-figure scoring average was Teri Huff, who went from scoring 3.6 ppg as a junior in 2003-04 to 10.2 ppg as a senior in 2004-05.
In addition, Young continues to rank right at the top of the league in rebounding at 9.5 per game. That total is also an impressive step up from last season when she averaged 4.3, an improvement of well over double.
AROD DOES IT AGAIN
For the second time this season and the third time in her career, senior Angela Rodriguez posted a points-assists double-double when she had 13 and 10 against Indiana Dec. 11. Her first of the season was an 18 & 10 outing against Western Illinois Nov. 17. She also recorded 12 points and 10 assists against UIC back in February of 2011. There are now just nine total point-assist double-doubles in UWM program history and Rodriguez owns 33 percent of that total. Kiki Wilson was the last player to accomplish the feat prior, doing so in February of 2012.
PACKING THEM IN
Milwaukee held its first annual "School Day with the Panthers" in conjunction with its game against North Dakota Dec. 4 and the crowd did not disappoint. A sellout of 3,500 at the Klotsche Center marked the third-largest attendance figure in UWM women's basketball history, trailing only the 4,137 that witnessed a contest against Green Bay in February of 2002 and a crowd of 3,689 against UIC in January of 2002.
30 POINT ENCORE
Senior Angela Rodriguez continues to put up points at an impressive clip and is now averaging 17.4 ppg which is good for fifth in the league. That is over five points above her career average coming into the season, helped along by games like she had against New Mexico State Nov. 30. Rodriguez tied her career-high with 30 points, equaling the collegiate-best she set 25 games prior against DePaul last year.
WELL, THEY ARE FREE
Rodriguez was hitting from everywhere against the Aggies Nov. 30, including an impressive 10-for-10 showing at the free throw line. That perfect mark ties for the sixth-best showing in program history. The last player to accomplish the 10-10 feat was Lindsay Laur against Loyola in February of 2011 (72 games prior to Rodriguez).
YOUNG BLOWS PAST CAREER-HIGHS
A game after blowing past her former career-highs in points and rebounds, sophomore Avyanna Young was at it again against North Dakota State Nov. 23. She poured in 22 points - on 9-12 shooting - for the second-straight game and nearly had consecutive double-doubles by finishing with nine rebounds after collecting 16 in the previous contest. The most impressive feat in setting those new career-highs was just how much further past her old marks she went. Coming into the WIU contest, Young's collegiate bests were 10 points and nine rebounds.
WHO'S GOT 20?
Sophomore Avyanna Young had 22 points and junior Ashley Green added 21 points against NDSU Nov. 23 to give Milwaukee two players with 20 or more points in the same game since December of 2012 - a span of 20 games. That day against Detroit, Green went for 23 and Angela Rodriguez added 22.
Milwaukee had a pair of players with double-doubles when senior Angela Rodriguez added 18 points and 10 assists to join sophomore Avyanna Young (22 pts/16 reb) on the day against Western Illinois Nov. 17. That marked the first time the Panthers had two players with double-doubles in the same game since Feb. 2 of 2013.
PHEW, ALMOST ...
The Panthers have an odd statistical streak that dates back to their first game as an NCAA Division I program in 1990 ... the team has never played a game in which it didn't make at least one free throw. The Panthers extended the streak to 669 games in a row against Bowling Green Dec. 8 - but just barely. Milwaukee went to the free throw line just five times against the Falcons, making one.
The Panthers now hold an 8-16 record in season-openers at the NCAA Division I level (dating back to 1990-91) following the loss to Wisconsin. A year ago, UWM ran away with an 82-58 win over Chicago State in head coach Kyle Rechlicz's debut contest.
Senior Angela Rodriguez was named to the Preseason All-Horizon League First Team in the league's annual preseason poll of head coaches, media members and sports information directors. In addition, College Sports Madness also named Rodriguez to its All-Horizon League First Team and selected junior Ashley Green on its Second Team squad.
NO FRESHMAN JITTERS
The Panthers have three freshmen on the roster this season and each made their mark in the opener against Wisconsin Nov. 14. Bre'Zall Warren became the first freshman to score at least 10 points in her debut in three seasons, finishing with 11 points, three rebounds and a pair of assists. Christina Wakeman made the most of her 16 minutes on the court, scoring nine points on 3-of-5 shooting to go along with seven rebounds. Sydney Snower joined the trio late, chipping in three points and a pair of rebounds in just four minutes.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Panthers started the season with three home games in a row. That may not sound that unusual, but by UWM standards it certainly is - it's the first time in Milwaukee's NCAA Division I history that it played its first three games at the Klotsche Center. You have to go all the way back to the 1982-83 campaign to find a longer stretch (six games) to start a season at home.
Milwaukee graduated just two seniors from a season ago and returns plenty of firepower to the court. In fact, the team brings back almost 70 percent of its scoring and rebounding from last year. Underclassmen also accounted for a large majority of starts in 2012-13, a total that closed in on 65 percent.
THE YEAR THAT WAS
In her first season on the sidelines with the Panthers, Kyle Rechlicz brought an up-tempo pace to the UWM offense that increased scoring by almost 15 percent from the previous year and included a record-setting three-point attack. Her team broke three Horizon League records and 10 different school records, including fewest turnovers per game and a new standard for points in a contest when the Panthers finished with 116 against Bradley.
LOVE THE THREE'S
Milwaukee finished fourth in the NCAA last season with 8.8 three-pointers made per game and 22nd in the nation by shooting over 35 percent from long distance. The team ended the season with four of the top 15 three-point shooters in the conference, led by senior Emily Decorah, who set the school and league record for three-pointers made in a season.
CLIMBING THE LIST
Senior Angela Rodriguez became the 18th member of the 1,000-point club last season, joining Sami Tucker in giving UWM a pair of players to accomplish the feat in the same season, a program first. Looking back, the 2002-03 season was the last time UWM even had a pair of 1,000+ scorers on the same roster (Viall and Jessica Wilhite).
Rodriguez started the season with 1,050 points and in 17th place on the all-time list. Going off her current scoring average, she could approach the top five by the end of her senior season (see chart page 7).
LOOKING FOR NO. 19
There could be another addition to the 1,000-point club on the current roster and it could happen as soon as this season. Junior Ashley Green went over 500 career points a season ago and started 2013-14 with 647 career points.
SO MUCH FOR THAT
The Panthers were definitely a three-point shooting team in 2012-13 and shattered team records in three-pointers made and attempted in the process. UWM ended the campaign with 255 made 3's (record was 212 in 2010-11) and 726 attempts (record was 586 in 1996-97).
Senior Emily Decorah continued to hit from long-range and is now the Horizon League and school record holder for most three-pointers after making 95 as a junior.
1. Decorah, 95, 2012-13
2. Jessica Wilhite: 93, 2000-01
3. Wilhite: 70, 2002-03
She led the Horizon League in three-point percentage at 40.8 percent and was one of the top long-distance shooters in the nation, finishing fifth in the NCAA with 3.3 made 3's per game and 17th in percentage. She also broke the record for made 3's in league-only games with 67, eclipsing the former mark was 52.
IT'S AN OLD HABIT
The Panthers have turned it up from three-point range recently, but have always been a threat from long distance. In fact, the team has a long history of making three's headed in to 2013-14. Milwaukee has made at least one three-pointer in every game dating back to an 0-for-4 showing from long-distance against Marquette back on November 26, 2002. That makes 345 games in a row heading into the game against the Raiders. It's a ways to go for the NCAA record, however, which is held by Canisius at 510 in a row (1994-2011). The Horizon League record was halted two years ago when Loyola came up empty at 446. Cleveland State held the record previously - which was also the NCAA mark at the time - at 408 (1992-2007).
LIGHTING UP THE SCOREBOARD
The Panthers scored 80-plus points in four games last season. Two years ago, the team did not crack the 80-point barrier, topping out at 79. Looking back, the last time a UWM team scored more than 80 points at least four times in the same season was 2006-07 (four times that campaign). The last time Milwaukee netted at least 80 more than four times was back in 2000-01, when it did so seven times.
Milwaukee and Bradley played a game for the ages Dec. 4 of last season, with the 116-112 double-overtime game thrilling the Klotsche Center crowd with 12 ties and two lead changes that all occurred after just three minutes remained in regulation and in the OT's. In all, 10 records were set or tied on the night.
THE TREK ABOVE 100
Taking a look back, the Panthers 116 points was not only an all-time program high, but broke the old standard of 104 by a dozen. In fact, the 116 points marked the second-highest output in the NCAA last year, topped only by the 118 that Troy tallied against Furman Nov. 18. The game marked just the fifth time UWM has eclipsed the 100-point barrier in its NCAA D-I history (just 5 of 640 games, or 0.78 percent) and the 11th time since basketball began at the school in 1971. The last time over 100 was nearly 10 years ago (vs. YSU, 2/2/02). The Panthers games in triple-figures include totals of 104 (Northeastern Illinois, 1/22/90), 102 (Detroit, 1/19/02), 101 (CSU, 2/17/96) and 100 (the YSU game). The 228 total points also broke the combined record of 200 and marked the first time both teams were 100-plus in the same contest.
OUT OF THE CHUTES
It may have been just three games to start last season, but at 2-1, the Panthers won two of their first three contests for just the second time in the past 11 seasons. The only other 2-1 start in that span came in the 2009-10 campaign. And at 3-2, the only other UWM team that had a better start through five games in the past 20-plus years was that 2009-10 squad that started 4-1.
MAKING A NAME FOR HERSELF
Head coach Kyle Rechlicz was named the seventh coach in program history in May of 2012. She also got off to one of the best starts - becoming the first UWM coach to win three of her first five contests of her initial campaign. Rechlicz is also one of the youngest coaches at the NCAA Division I level. At 33, there are just six coaches who have earlier birth years - DeUnna Hendrix of High Point University is the youngest in the country at 29, while a trio of head coaches are 31 and a pair is 32.
GRAB A SPOT ON THE COUCH
Fans will have the opportunity to watch the Panthers all season long. The team will play five games on television, returning to Time Warner Cable SportsChannel. Another 18 games will be carried live online on the Horizon League Network. For the Panthers' TWC SportsChannel contests, Bob Brainerd and former UWM great Maria Viall will once again be calling the action.
HEAD TO 920 ON THE DIAL
Every Milwaukee regular season game will once again be available on the radio and online via The Big 920 on your AM dial. Scott Warras is back for his eighth season donning the headset. Fans can also catch Warras' call with the majority of the team's HLN webcasts.
Head coach Kyle Rechlicz rounded out her staff in the offseason by hiring Dan Carey as the team's new video coordinator. Carey was most recently the head coach of the varsity program at Hamilton High School, developing the girls' team into one of the top programs in the state in his four years. He led the Chargers to the last two Greater Metro Conference championships, the first time in program history Hamilton had won a league title.
The Panthers play the second of four in a row at home Saturday, welcoming Detroit to the Klotsche Center for a matinee at 2 p.m.