Panthers Open European Trip With Win Over The Netherlands U20 Team
AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands (May 21, 2008) - Freshman Lindsay Laur scored 17 points and pulled down 12 rebounds as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's basketball team opened its 2008 trip to Europe with a 70-64 win over The Netherlands U20 National Team Wednesday evening at Apollo Hall.
Laur led four Panthers in double-figures as freshman Jineen Williams added 13 and sophomore Jodie McClain and freshman Jenilee Klomstad tallied 11 points apiece. McClain also pulled down six rebounds, dished out five assists and tied Laur with a game-high four steals.
Natalie Van den Adel led The Netherlands with 18 points, six rebounds and three assists. Rachel Roubehie Fissa and Lisa Rafaela Van Den Adel chipped in 10 points apiece.
Milwaukee outscored its hosts 23-11 in the decisive fourth quarter, turning a 50-47 deficit after three periods to a 70-61 lead with 1:12 to play. UWM led by just three points at 64-61 when Clara Van der Hoek hit a three-pointer with 1:49 to play.
Junior Traci Edwards then found Williams for an open three-pointer and junior Turquoise McCain drew a foul away from the ball. She hit one-of-two free throws, making it a four-point play. McCain then hit a pair of charity tosses to put the game away.
The Panthers dominated The Netherlands on the boards and forged a drastic discrepancy in free throws. Milwaukee outrebounded the home team 53-32 for the game, including by a 25-8 count in the second half. At the free throw line, UWM was 30-for-42, while The Netherlands attempted just 20 free throws and made eight.
The game got off to a slow start, with Milwaukee holding a 12-8 lead after the first quarter. Neither team made many shot attempts and the Panthers appeared to be feeling the effects of a seven and a half hour flight. But, in the second quarter, the pace of play picked up and UWM headed into halftime ahead 34-31.
The Netherlands looked like it had the energy to pull of the win by taking leading throughout the third quarter, but the Panthers never relented in fighting for the win.