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Senior Emily Decorah

Feb. 28, 2014

 Game 27 | Milwaukee (8-18, 4-9) at Wright State (20-8, 9-4)
 Date  Saturday, March 1 | 1 p.m. CST
 Location  Dayton, Ohio | Nutter Center (12,000)
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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's basketball team turns the calendar to March and opens the final portion of the regular-season schedule with a contest at Wright State Saturday. The Raiders started the weekend in a three-way tie for first place in the Horizon League before dropping a heartbreaker against Green Bay in overtime Thursday night. Tip off for the matinee is set for 1 p.m. CST from the Nutter Center.

The Last Meeting
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January 23, 2014
Klotsche Center
Panthers Come Up Just Short Against Raiders
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's basketball team was unable to build on a strong first-half performance in falling to Wright State University, 69-64, Thursday night at the Klotsche Center.

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The Raiders will bring a 20-8 overall record into play Saturday and a 9-4 Horizon League mark after suffering an overtime loss to Green Bay Thursday. WSU had been in a three-way tie for first place prior to that contest and has won five of its past seven. The high-flying Raiders average 82.8 points as a team, a total that ranks first in the conference (by almost eight points) and 13th in the NCAA. They have topped the 90-point plateau 12 times this season (and over 100 twice) and are also second in the nation in turnover margin, committing 9.3 less turnovers per game than their opponents. The team can claim three different Horizon League Player of the Week recipients so far this season and is led by preseason player of the year Kim Demmings, who averages 22.7 ppg (first in the league). Ivory James (17.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg) and Tay'ler Mingo (13.9 ppg, 4.4 apg) are key contributors.

Milwaukee leads the relatively-even series, 23-22. Wright State has had the upper hand of late, winning nine of the past 10 and 11 of 13. A year ago, these teams split the season series, with the away team winning each time. WSU won the first game in 2013-14, a close 69-64 decision Jan. 23 at the Klotsche Center.

Senior Angela Rodriguez and sophomore Avyanna Young each had a double-double to lead the way for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's basketball team in a 90-78 victory over Cleveland State University Sunday afternoon at the Klotsche Center. The Panthers (8-18, 4-9 Horizon League) led by nine at halftime and steadily pulled away from the Vikings (13-13, 8-5 Horizon League) to earn the victory.

Rodriguez finished with a team-high 26 points and tied her career-high with 10 assists. Young added her 11th double-double of the season with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Bre'Zall Warren scored a season-high 17 points and senior Emily Decorah was also in double-figures, finishing with 13 points.

The 90 points Milwaukee scored against Cleveland State Feb. 23 marked a season-high, topping the 86 it scored against Western Illinois Nov. 17. UWM is now 4-1 this season when it scores over 80 points.

Senior Angela Rodriguez has continued to stay on pace to break the school record for most assists in a season and will look to do it against Wright State. She enters play Saturday with 151. The school record is 153, set by Pam Bartnik during the 1993-94 campaign.

If it felt like the game against Cleveland State Feb. 23 took a long time to play, check the foul column. In fact, the 32 fouls whistled against CSU marked the most ever by a UWM opponent, topping the old mark of 31 (set twice). Four players fouled out of the contest and two others finished with four for the Vikings.

Senior Angela Rodriguez went over 1,500 career points against Cleveland State Feb. 23 to become just the fifth player to reach that level in a UWM career. She started the season in 17th place on the all-time list and has now moved up to No. 5. Up next is Umenia White (1985-89) at 1,597 points.

There is another addition to the 1,000-point club and it happened against Youngstown State Feb. 21. Junior Ashley Green went over 500 career points a season ago and started 2013-14 with 647 career points. Green finished with 17 points against the Penguins, with her three-pointer with 5:20 remaining pushing her career total from 998 to 1,001 to become the 19th player to score over 1,000 career points at UWM.

Green not only scores, but rebounds. Sitting at 499 career rebounds headed into the game at UIC Feb. 17, she grabbed an early board to become the 23rd player in program history to collect 500 rebounds in a career. She is now 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).

Sophomore Avyanna Young tied her career-high with 16 rebounds against Youngstown State Feb. 21, marking the third time this season she has reached that total. It was also an impressive first half for Young against YSU, as she had a double-double in the books by halftime with 11 points and 10 boards.

For the third time this season and the fourth time in her career, senior Angela Rodriguez posted a points-assists double-double when she had 26 and 10 against Cleveland State Feb. 23. There are now just 10 total point-assist double-doubles in UWM program history and Rodriguez owns 40 percent of that total. Kiki Wilson was the last player to accomplish the feat prior, doing so in February of 2012.

Sophomore Jessica Prince certainly made the most of her trip to Chicago to play the Flames Feb. 17. In just eight minutes of playing time, she scored a career-high eight points and tied her collegiate best with six rebounds. It was also an impressive shooting display, making 3-of-4 from the floor and 2-of-3 from the free throw line.

Senior Emily Decorah, who spent her freshman season at Edgewood College before transferring and has fought through injuries in her time at UWM, entered the game against Green Bay Feb. 15 with 491 career points. Her third three-pointer of the day (she scored 15 points) helped her become the 31st player to score 500 points in a career in program history.

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.

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
1. Traci Edwards, 17, 1/20/07
2. Avyanna Young, 15, 2/1/14

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).

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.

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 recent hot streak from the line that she was on, she had crept past Lindsay Laur and into the top spot on the career list, but by just the slimmest of margins. However, Rodriguez is now officially at 86.32 percent, having now made 246 of 285 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. 10 in the NCAA this season at 89.5 percent (102-of-114). She recently got very close to the school record for consecutive makes from the charity stripe, finally missing against Green Bay Feb. 15 after hitting 46 in a row. She had not missed since before Christmas (Dec. 22 against Illinois State was the last) and passed the second-longest streak (Corrin Von Wald's 27-straight free throws in January of 2000) against UIC Jan. 29. But, she came up just short of 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 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.

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 243).

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.

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. She has been a leading contributor of late as well, having been UWM's top rebounder in all seven games in the month of February.

Sophomore Avyanna Young is averaging 13.3 points and 9.4 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).

Senior Angela Rodriguez handed out 10 assists against the Vikings Feb. 23, the fourth time this season she has recorded nine-or-more and the seventh time in her career she has reached that mark. In fact, she currently leads the Horizon League at 5.8 assists per game (second is 4.4). She entered the week ranked 26th 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.

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 25 games, UWM has just 14.1 turnovers per contest. That number currently ranked second in the Horizon League and 56th in the NCAA at the start of the week.

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.

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.

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.

Sophomore Avyanna Young posted her seventh double-double of the season against Green Bay Jan. 11, scoring 12 points while adding 13 rebounds. Her 11 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.

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 355 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).

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.

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.

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 13.4 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 9.3 per game. That total is also an impressive step up from last season when she averaged 4.3, an improvement of well over double.

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.

Senior Angela Rodriguez continues to put up points at an impressive clip and is now averaging 17.3 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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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 of 52.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 their final road game of the regular season, taking on Valparaiso Wednesday in a 7 p.m. tip-off.



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