Milwaukee Women Host Green Bay In "Pink Out" Game
Senior Emily Decorah

Senior Emily Decorah

Feb. 12, 2014

 Game 23 | Green Bay (14-7, 7-2) at Milwaukee (7-15, 3-6)
 Date  Saturday, February 15 | 2 p.m.
 Location  Milwaukee, Wis. | Klotsche Center (3,500)
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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's basketball team hosts the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Saturday at the Klotsche Center for its annual "PINK OUT" game. The Panthers and Phoenix tip off at 2 p.m., but doors open at 1 p.m. for health fair booths, a 50/50 raffle and food from Qdoba. Wear PINK and get in for just $3 or pick up a commemorative pink t-shirt with a donation. The team will also be wearing special PINK jerseys that will be auctioned off after the contest.

The Last Meeting
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January 11, 2014
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Milwaukee Snaps 17-Game Streak With Signature Victory On The Road
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's basketball team used a dominant second half performance to claim one of its biggest regular-season victories in recent memory by knocking off the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 75-64, on the road Saturday at the Kress Center.

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LOOKING AT GREEN BAY
Green Bay enters the game with an overall record of 14-7 and is back in first place in the Horizon League at 7-2 following a 1-2 start that included losses to the Panthers and Youngstown State. The Phoenix get contributions from numerous spots on the roster, with sophomore Kaili Lukan leading in points (12.4), senior Breannah Ranger in rebounding (7.1), junior Megan Lukan in assists (4.4), freshman Tesha Buck in steals (1.8) and freshman Mariah Monke in blocks (0.7). The team posted the third highest winning-percentage in the NCAA Division I the past three seasons (at 175-21), trailing only Connecticut and Stanford.

SERIES HISTORY
Milwaukee and Green Bay are playing for the 76th time Saturday. The Phoenix holds the series advantage with 57 wins, which included 17-straight victories prior to UWM's 75-64 victory at the Kress Center Jan. 11.

LAST GAME
Five players reached double-figures in scoring but it was not enough for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's basketball team, falling to Detroit Saturday afternoon at Calihan Hall by a final score of 80-68. The Panthers (7-15, 3-6 Horizon League) led, 54-51, with just under 12 minutes to play, only to see the Titans (4-18, 1-8 Horizon League) outscore them 29-14 the rest of the way to claim the conference victory.

Junior Ashley Green paced the offense with 15 points, adding eight rebounds. Senior Angela Rodriguez had 14 points, with senior Emily Decorah adding 12 of her own. Sophomore Avyanna Young nearly had a double-double, finishing with 11 points and nine rebounds. Classmate Sydney Howard took advantage of her first career start, finishing with a career-high 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor.

LOOKING FOR NO. 19
There is another addition to the 1,000-point club on the horizon and set to happen soon. Junior Ashley Green went over 500 career points a season ago and started 2013-14 with 647 career points. She enters the game against Green Bay at 957 and will become the 19th Milwaukee player to score over 1,000 points in a career when she does.

1,000/500
Green not only scores, but rebounds. At 490 rebounds, she is also set to become the 23rd player in program history to collect 500 rebounds in a career. That will make her just the fifth player to have recorded over 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career in UWM's NCAA Division I era. The rest of the list includes Traci Edwards (2,340 pts/1,193 reb), Maria Viall (1,867/971), Lindsay Laur (1,404/791) and Sami Tucker (1,172/774).

MEMBER OF ANOTHER CLUB
Senior Emily Decorah, who spent her freshman season at Edgewood College before transferring and has fought through injuries in her time at UWM, sits at 491 career points. She will become the 31st player to score 500 points in a career in program history when she hits the mark.

HARD TO TOP
Sophomore Avyanna Young had quite the breakout game against Valparaiso Feb. 1. Not only was it the highest-scoring output in the Horizon League this season, but it will find a place in the UWM record book as well. She was named Co-Horizon League Player of the Week as a result.

TOP SCORING GAMES AT UWM
1. Traci Edwards, 45, 2/21/08
2. Traci Edwards, 42, 1/20/07
3. Andrea Filipek, 38, 1/23/99
4. Avyanna Young, 36, 2/1/14
FIELD GOALS MADE, GAME
1. Traci Edwards, 17, 1/20/07
2. Avyanna Young, 15, 2/1/14

LOOK MA, NO TURNOVERS
Not to be overlooked against Valparaiso, but the Panthers did one of their best-ever jobs of taking care of the basketball. The team ended up with just eight turnovers against the Crusaders, just one off the school record-low of seven in a game (It's the fifth game in program history of eight).

ON THE MARK
Milwaukee shot a season-high 54.7 percent (29-of-53) against Valparaiso Feb. 1 to establish a season-high from the floor. The last time UWM shot higher was a 56 percent (28-of-50) outing against Youngstown State on February 16, 2012 - a span of 55 games.

INTO THE RECORD BOOK
The race is `on' for the rest of the season. After reaching the required minimum of 175 career free throw attempts earlier this season, senior Angela Rodriguez had jumped into second-place on the all-time free-throw percentage list. With the current hot streak from the line that she is on, she has now crept past Lindsay Laur and into the top spot on the career list, but by just the slimmest of margins. Rodriguez is now officially at 86.69 percent, having now made 228 of 263 from the charity stripe. Laur made 86.39 percent (273-of-316) in her UWM career from 2007-11. The duo remains the only players to make over 80 percent on the career list.

More impressively, Rodriguez is ranked first in the Horizon League and No. 7 in the NCAA this season at 91.3 percent (84-of-92) and has made 44 consecutive free throws dating back to the Illinois State game Dec. 22. She is closing in on the school record in that category, having passed the second-longest streak (Corrin Von Wald's 27-straight free throws in January of 2000) against UIC Jan. 29. Up next is the standard of 49 in a row, which was set by Laur in the 2010-11 campaign. In case you were wondering, the NCAA record is 70 in a row (Lauren Prochaska, Bowling Green, in 2010).

FRESHMAN NETS SEASON HIGH
Freshman Sydney Snower hit for a season-high 13 points against Wright State Jan. 23 to eclipse her prior best of 11 set in the win against Green Bay. She hit 4-of-7 three-pointers and it also marked the first time in her career that she led the team in scoring for a game.

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 (she now has 235).

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 is averaging 13.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game to nearly be averaging a double-double on the year. Just how rare would that be, 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 4.4). She entered the week ranked 23rd 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 129 through 22 games, on pace for 170 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.

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 22 games, UWM has just 13.7 turnovers per contest. That number currently ranks second in the Horizon League and 38th in the NCAA.

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 nine 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 tied the school record with five straight stretching from December of 2010 to January of 2011.

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 351 games in a row heading into the game against the Phoenix. 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).

DEEEEEEEEE-FENSE!
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.

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 13.0 so far this season marks an improvement of over 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 near the top of the league in rebounding at 9.0 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 17.6 ppg which is good for sixth 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.

DOUBLE UP
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.

FOR OPENERS
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.

PRESEASON PUBLICITY
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.

YOUNG PANTHERS
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).

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).

RAINING THREE'S
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 of 52.

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.

RECORDS EVERYWHERE
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.

WELCOME
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.

UP NEXT
The Panthers take a quick trip to Illinois, heading to Chicago to tangle with UIC Monday. Tip time is set for 7 p.m.

 

 

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