Dec. 10, 2012
| Game 10 | Milwaukee (4-5) at DePaul (6-3)
|| Tuesday, December 11 | 12 p.m.
|| Chicago, Ill. | McGrath-Phillips Arean (3,300)
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For the eighth time in 10 games, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's basketball team will be playing outside of Milwaukee, this time heading to Illinois midweek for a Tuesday clash with DePaul University. The contest between the Panthers and Blue Demons will be a matinee, set for a noon start to accommodate Chicagoland Field Trip Day. Video of the game is also available on DePaul's website through its CBS Sports subscription service.
UWM Game Notes
DePaul Game Notes
Looking At DePaul
The Blue Demons are 6-3 on the season after falling to No. 7/6 Kentucky. They are coming off a 23-11 record last year and the program's 10th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The squad is led by Anna Martin, Katherine Harry and Jasmine Penny and return 84% of its scoring (including the BIG EAST's leading scorer in Martin, who averaged 19.1 points per game) and 87% of its rebounding along with the BIG EAST's leading rebounder in Harry, who grabbed 9.5 boards per game. Brittany Hrynko leads four players in double-figures in 2012-13 at 14.2 ppg. Harry averages a double-double at 10.6 ppg/10.7 rpg.
DePaul has claimed victories in all three games that make up the all-time series, playing once per season in 2003, 2004 and 2005. The most recent contest was a 91-79 win on Nov. 30, 2005.
It was a tale of two halves, as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's basketball team outplayed the University of Toledo in the second, but an early deficit and a season-high 24 turnovers were too much to overcome in an 83-59 loss Saturday afternoon at Savage Arena.
The Panthers (4-5) allowed the Rockets (7-1) to get off to a quick start, scoring 52 points in the first half in trailing from the start. The victory helped UT continue its home dominance, improving to 61-8 on its home court since the start of the 2008-09 campaign.
Junior Angela Rodriguez led the Panthers with 13 points as a trio finished in double-figures. Senior Sami Tucker finished with 11 points and seven rebounds while junior Emily Decorah added 10. Freshman Avyanna Young also chipped in five points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Freshman Sydney Howard had six points and a pair of steals off the bench, with sophomore Macie Dorow finishing with three points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal.
As of Monday Dec. 10, Milwaukee boasted three of the top six three-point shooters in the Horizon League. Senior Sami Tucker checked in at No. 1 in the conference at 46.7 percent, junior Angela Rodriguez No. 2 at 45.7 percent and junior Emily Decorah was No. 6 at 37.7 percent.
More On The 3's
The Panthers have been clicking on offense so far, scoring over 80 points three times and once again leading the Horizon League at 70.0 ppg. The three-point shooting has certainly helped - UWM is hitting at a 38.1 percent clip (80-for-210) from long distance so far to lead the league (Youngstown State is second at 35.8 percent). To rank that nationally, UWM finds itself an impressive 17th in the country in 3-point field goal percentage and third in 3's made per game (8.9). Junior Angela Rodriguez has led the way individually - making 21 of her 46 attempts to rank among the conference leaders at 45.7 percent, a number that checks in at 22nd at the NCAA Division I level.
Team Three ... It's a Trend
The Panthers are certainly a three-point shooting team this season, but also have a long history of making three's headed in to 2012-13. 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 309 games in a row heading into the game at DePaul. It's a ways to go for the NCAA record, however, which is held by Canisius at 510 in a row (1994-2011).
Start The Countdowns
Sami Tucker now has 1,000 career points on her agenda, as the senior looks to become the 17th player in program history to reach that mark. She enters the DePaul game at 946 in her career. The last player to crack 1,000 career points was Lindsay Laur in 2010-11, who went on to score over 1,400 career points. When Tucker cracks the 1,000-point plateau, she will be the ninth member of the club to do so exclusively in the program's Division I era.
Ashley Green also has a countdown to 500, as the sophomore sits at 428 heading into play and looks to become the 32nd player in school history to accomplish that feat, joining Tucker and junior Angela Rodriguez on the current roster.
Records, Records Everywhere
Milwaukee and Bradley played a game for the ages Dec. 4, 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, nine records were set and one tied on the night.
-Milwaukee Game Records (old mark)
> 116 points by the team (104)
> 46 field goals made (39)
> 91 field goals attempted (83)
> 17 three-point field goals made (15)
+This was also a Horizon League record
> 31 assists (28)
-Combined Team Records (old mark)
> 228 combined points (200)
-Opponent Records (old mark)
> 36 free throws made (33)
> 43 free throws attempted (tie, 43)
> 16 free throws made by individual (11)
> 100% 16-16 individual FT's (11-11)
It's Kind Of A Big Deal
The Panthers had a trio of scorers against Bradley Dec. 4 that recorded a first of its kind for the program - the first time UWM has ever had one player over 30 points (Ashley Green with 33) and two others net over 20 points (Angela Rodriguez with 22 and Sami Tucker with 21). In fact, Milwaukee has only had three players score 20 or more points in the same game just twice prior: February 6, 1997 against Butler (Darryl Schaffeld 28, Jen Gregor 25, April Rodman 20) and February 17, 1996 against Cleveland State (Rodman 29, Jill Gutzke 21, Gregor 20). In addition, the only time UWM had as much as one 30-point/20-point combo was November 11, 2007 when Traci Edwards went for 30 and Aubri Rote added 20.
Now That Is Clutch
When sophomore Ashley Green fouled out early in the first overtime against Bradley Dec. 4, Milwaukee needed someone to carry the scoring load and Angela Rodriguez answered the call - and then some. All the junior guard did was score 11 of UWM's 14 points in the period - and assisted the other three-pointer the Panthers made. She went 5-for-7 from the floor in the five-minute session - including four makes in a row after Green fouled out.
Overtime. And Again
The double-overtime contest against Bradley Dec. 4 was just the eighth in program history (at the NCAA D-I level) and the first since December of 2008 against Wisconsin. Junior Angela Rodriguez played 45 of the possible 50 minutes against the Braves, tied for the fifth-most ever by a player in a single game. Daryl Schaffeld holds the mark at 50 (2/6/97).
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 this 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.
Green Means Go
Sophomore Ashley Green scored a career-high 33 points against Bradley Dec. 4, marking the third time she has established a new career-high this season (first at 19, then 20) and the first 30-plus point game for a Panther in over two calendar years (last was Nov. 16, 2010). She finished a rebound short of a double-double and at one point in the second half scored 13 UWM points in a row.
After scoring just five in the season opener, Green went on a three-game roll against Wisconsin, Western Michigan and Georgia Tech where she set new a new career-high in points in back-to-back games and led the team in scoring and rebounds for three outings in a row. That marked the first such streak by a UWM player since Lindsay Laur led the Panthers in points and rebounds for four games in a row February 10-24, 2011.
Despite the tough loss at Michigan State Dec. 1, a look at the box score shows a stat that came very close to a school record. The Panthers committed just eight turnovers in the game against an MSU team that came in ranked best in the nation defensively. That just missed the school record of seven, set against Drake early last season.
Make `Em When It Counts
The Panthers were just 13-for-29 (44.8 percent) from the free throw line throughout the majority of their two games in the San Juan Shootout, but then sank nine of their last 10 attempts against Eastern Kentucky Nov. 25 - including the final six in the last 23.9 seconds (two by sophomore Ashley Green/four by junior Angela Rodriguez) to close out the win.
Five Over Ten = Team Effort
For the second time this season, the Panthers had five players score in double-figures against Bradley Dec. 4. They also pulled off the feat against Western Michigan Nov. 14, which was a notable accomplishment. The last time UWM had at least five players score 10 or more points prior to those two games? The answer would be January 24, 2009 against Loyola - a total of 109 games ago.
Out Of The Chutes
It may have been just three games, 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. Prior to that, the 1988-89 team was a perfect 5-0.
Making A Name For Herself
Head coach Kyle Rechlicz was named the seventh coach in program history in the offseason. Now, she's 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 32, there are just seven coaches who have earlier birth years - DeUnna Hendrix of High Point University is the youngest at 28, while a pair of head coaches are 30 and a group of four checks in at 31.
The Panthers heated up from downtown against Western Michigan Nov. 14, coming close to quite a few team records when it comes to three-pointers after they hit 13-of-18 (72.2 percent) from beyond the arc. The first was team percentage in a game. Only a 78.6 percent clip (11-of-14) against Central Michigan back on December 17, 2000 was better in program history. The 13 total three's also came close to the school mark of 15 (set twice, most recently against Wright State December 31, 2010) and junior Emily Decorah's 5-of-6 performance (83.3 percent) was the sixth-best single-game performance in program history.
Milwaukee continues to push the ball on offense under new head coach Kyle Rechlicz. At the time (and now knowing how explosive this offense was going to be), the 88 points against Western Michigan Nov. 14 marked the most for a Milwaukee squad in the regular season since an 88-65 win over SIU Edwardsville in November of 2008. The team also netted 88 points in its exhibition against Hillsdale Nov. 3. To put the scoring average in perspective, in last year's final NCAA rankings, UWM's offense was 239th in the NCAA and eighth in the league. In the first NCAA report this season, they were first in the conference and 69th nationally.
Senior Sammy Theut was the fifth player to record double-figures in points against the Broncos Nov. 14, sinking a pair of free throws with just 1.4 seconds left to finish with 11 points. Not only was that nearly a career-high (she scored 12 against Western Illinois in November of 2010), but she finished the night without a miss of any type: 2-2 on field goals, 1-1 on 3FG's and 6-6 from the free throw line.
Sami Tucker was named to the Preseason All-Horizon League Second Team in the league's annual preseason poll of head coaches, media members and sports information directors. In addition, College Sports Madness also named Tucker to its All-Horizon League Second Team for the second year in a row.
Start `Em Young
The Panthers were led in rebounding by a freshman in the season opener, as Avyanna Young collected nine boards to go along with her seven points in her UWM debut against Chicago State Nov. 9. That marked the second time in three seasons a frosh has led the team in rebounds in the season opener (Angela Rodriguez had seven to lead the way her freshman campaign) and it also marks highest rebound total ever for a freshman in a UWM season opener. The former mark was seven, done three times, most recently by Rodriguez. Young also tied for the team lead in rebounds in game two (with six) at Wisconsin.
Play Them All
The Panthers had all 12 players who were suited up for the season opener against Chicago State Nov. 9 play in the game. In fact, 10 of them found their way into the scoring column and 11 saw at least 10 minutes of playing time.
The Panthers now hold a 7-16 record in season-openers at the NCAA Division I level (dating back to 1990-91) after the 82-58 win over Chicago State Nov. 9. A year ago, UWM dropped a 68-51 decision to Wisconsin in the first game of the year.
The Panthers had a pair of returning players eclipse the 500-point mark in their careers last season. Senior Sami Tucker started the campaign with 483 and tallied her 500th at Drake Nov. 18. Junior Angela Rodriguez joined the club against Loyola Dec. 29, scoring 14 to move to 502 and become the 30th player to score 500 points in a career in program history.
Senior Sami Tucker became the 29th player to score over 500 points in a career and also added the title of 22nd player in program history to collect 500 rebounds during her junior campaign. Of the 14 she grabbed Feb. 23, her second of the game gave her No. 500. The last to accomplish the feat was Lindsay Laur (2007-11), who ended her career in fifth-place with 791.
Returning Starters + One
The Panthers return three starters from the regular rotation in senior Sami Tucker (30 starts in 30 games), junior Angela Rodriguez (28 in 28) and sophomore Ashley Green (24 in 30). And, with junior Emily Decorah also returning from injury after starting the first six games of the 2011-12 campaign, the team essentially has four starters returning to the mix for 2012-13.
Ashley Green was named to the All-Horizon League All-Newcomer Team after averaging 10.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. She started 24 out of 30 games on the season.
Milwaukee used a very young roster last season and the proof was in the numbers. Freshman and sophomores accounted for 113 of 150 starts (75.3%) and 4,221 of 6,025 minutes played (70.1%) last season. Sami Tucker was the only regular starter that was a junior or senior.
Trial By Fire
Ashley Green found her way into the starting rotation just six games into her freshman season. She responded well, going on to average 10.4 points and 5.4 rebounds a game. In league play, she picked it up another notch, leading the team with 12.2 points per contest on 46.8 percent shooting from the floor.
Sami Tucker posted three-consecutive double-doubles last season, ending with 21 points and 11 rebounds at Western Michigan Dec. 3. The most recent comparable streak of consecutive double-doubles was in 2010-11 when Lindsay Laur posted five in a row (Dec. 19-Jan. 6).
Youth is Served
The Panthers will indeed be a young squad again this season, with the projected starting lineup being comprised of just one senior. In addition, five true freshmen join Milwaukee in 2012-13, giving the team a total of nine players (out of 15 on the roster) who will be either sophomores or freshmen.
Get Your Popcorn Ready
Fans will have the opportunity to watch the Panthers all season long. The team will play six games on television, returning to Time Warner Sports 32. Another 16 games will be carried live online on the Horizon League Network. For the Panthers' Sports 32 contests, Bob Brainerd and former UWM great Maria Viall will once again be calling the action.
Hit Us at 920 on the Dial
Every Milwaukee regular season game will once again be available on the radio and online via AM 920 The Wolf. Scott Warras is back for his seventh season donning the headset. Fans can also catch Warras' call with the majority of the team's HLN webcasts.
Rechlicz Welcomes Her New Staff
Head coach Kyle Rechlicz rounded out her staff in the offseason by naming Frank Goldsberry, Jessica Wilhite and Janese Banks as members of her coaching staff.
Goldsberry had served as the women's director of basketball operations and video coordinator at Dayton University since 2003 before adding the title of assistant director of compliance to his duties last season. Wilhite returned to her alma mater last year as video coordinator and remains with the staff in 2012-13 as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Banks spent last season as a graduate assistant at Auburn University, assisting in all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the women's basketball team.
The Panthers have 12 days off, but do remain on the road, traveling to Fargo, North Dakota for a matchup with North Dakota State right before the Christmas holiday, Dec. 23. Tip off is 2 p.m.