Sunday, January 30, 2011

Post-Game Extra - Wright State @ Milwaukee

Game #23 – Milwaukee 54, Wright State 53

Player of the Game - Anthony Hill proved too much for the Wright State post group. Despite just 4-of-8 shooting from the field, Hill finished with a team-high 22 points, thanks to much-improved free throw shooting. He went 14-for-17 from the free throw line, keeping a number of Raiders in foul trouble for much of the game.

Turning Point - Trailing by two, Wright State had the ball, but Tone Boyle drew UWM's second-consecutive charge to get the ball back. After a 1-of-2 trip to the foul line, Boyle then came up with a steal on Wright State's next possession, getting to the free throw line to ice the game.

Stat That Mattered - Hill 14-for-17 at the free throw line. A 62.7 percent free throw shooter entering the game, Hill got to the line 17 times and converted 82.4 of those attempts. Every one of those free throws mattered, as the game was decided by just one point.

The Notebook - Milwaukee played its first game this season decided by one point .... the Panthers won for the first time when shooting below 40 percent this season (1-8) ... they had just one player in double-figures for the fourth time this season, but won for the first time ... one player has scored in double-figures in both regular season meetings with Wright State ... UWM beat Wright State for the 13th-straight time at home ... the Panthers now lead the all-time series, 23-20, with 15 wins in the last 22 meetings ... Milwaukee has now won three-straight games for the first time since mid-November ... Tone Boyle had a career-high 10 rebounds and missed his first double-double as a Panther by one point ... Hill's 14 free throws are tied for the seventh-most in a game in school history, while his 17 attempts are tied for eighth ... he also topped the 20-point mark for the third time this season ... Kaylon Williams had five assists in a game for the 14th time this season ... UWM’s Horizon League champion volleyball team was honored during the first half of the game ... the five-member class inducted into the Bud K. Haidet Athletics Hall of Fame were honored during the second half ... the induction banquet was earlier in the day.

Up Next - UWM closes out its three-game homestand by hosting Green Bay at the U.S. Cellular Arena Saturday afternoon.

Live Blog: Men's Basketball vs. Wright State

Join Assistant SID Chris Zills for the Panthers and Raiders, starting at 1 p.m.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Post-Game Wrap-Up: Milwaukee @ Butler

Post-Game Wrap-Up: Milwaukee @ Butler
Game #20 –Butler 72, Milwaukee 64

Full game recap and stats here

Player of the Game - Angela Rodriguez. A-Rod capped her weekend with another strong shooting game. She was 6-of-7 from the field and 5-for-6 on three-pointers. She finished with a team-high 17 points. In two games, she averaged 16.5 points, was 12-for-14 (.857) from the field and 9-of-10 (.900) on three-pointers.

Turning Point - 4:14 remaining. UWM did not allow another Butler field goal as the game would get as close as seven points. The Panthers could not get over that hump as the Bulldogs went 10-for-14 from the free throw line over the rest of the game.

Stat That Mattered - 19-8 turnovers. The rest of the stats across the board favored Milwaukee. If the turnover discrepancy was smaller, the outcome could have been different.

The Notebook - Rodriguez’s 5-for-6 (.833) on threes is tied for the sixth-best single-game three-point percentage in school history … this was her fourth game with at least four made threes this season … she hit her first four of the game, giving her a streak of eight-straight made threes. I’ll have to do research to see if anyone has made more in a row … Rodriguez now has 40 threes this season, fifth-most by a freshman in a season in school history ... Lindsay Laur collected her eighth double-double of the season and the 22nd of her career … she made her only free throw attempt and has now made 24 consecutive free throws dating back to Jan. 8 … Laur also moved into sixth place on UWM’s all-time rebounding list with 688. She passed Marsha Housely (681).

Up Next - Milwaukee returns home to start the second half of the league season Thursday, hosting Youngstown State at 7 p.m.

Postgame Extra – Detroit at Milwaukee

Game #22 – Milwaukee 72, Detroit 67

Player of the Game - Tone Boyle had three 3-pointers in the first half that helped keep Milwaukee in the game, and the senior seemed to provide a calming influence while playing all 40 minutes of the contest. He also did a tremendous job defensively, drawing a pair of charges while collecting four steals.

Turning Point - Tony Meier’s back-to-back three-pointers with under five minutes to play were certainly huge. But, Ryan Allen came up with a tremendous block on one end and then scored in the paint on the other end to put Milwaukee ahead for good down the stretch.

Stat That Mattered - The Panthers have had their issues at the free throw line at times this season, but not on Friday night. UWM converted on 21-of-24 from the stripe, including a 6-of-6 effort in the final 40 seconds.

The Notebook - The Panthers have now recovered from a halftime deficit to win four times this season … Milwaukee won back-to-back games for the first time since the beginning of the month and will be looking for its first three-game winning streak since November on Sunday … UWM tied its season high with 20 turnovers … the Panthers, who entered the game shooting 62.4 percent from the line, made a season-best 21-of-24 from the foul stripe … Milwaukee’s 40 percent shooting was its worst in a win this season … the Panthers have now won 16 of their last 20 against Detroit … this was the second time in the last four years where UWM has overcome a double-digit deficit to beat Detroit in Milwaukee. In 2007-08, the Panthers trailed by 14 with 6:30 to play before rallying for the win … Kyle Kelm set a collegiate-high with nine points … Lonnie Boga and Jerard Ajami, each of whom missed the game against Butler with injuries, played off the bench Friday night. In fact, Ajami played 13 minutes and had three assists and four rebounds to go with two points … UWM’s Horizon League champion men’s swimming and diving team was honored during the second half of the game.

Up Next - UWM continues its three-game homestand by welcoming Wright State to the U.S. Cellular Arena for a Sunday afternoon contest.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Live Blog - Detroit @ Milwaukee

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Post-Game Wrap-Up: Milwaukee @ Valparaiso

Post-Game Wrap-Up: Milwaukee @ Valparaiso
Game #19 –Milwaukee 73, Valparaiso 61

Full game recap and stats here

Player of the Game - Lindsay Laur and Angela Rodriguez. The two played as one in the second half. They connected on numerous plays and combined for 43 points on 16-of-20 shooting, 6-of-6 on threes, and 13 assists.

Turning Point - 14:14 remaining in the game. Gina Lange made a layup to make it 43-41 Valpo. That woke Milwaukee up, as it responded with nine-straight points and never looked back.

Stat That Mattered - 57.1 percent shooting. Milwaukee went from its lowest shooting percentage of the season last Saturday to its highest tonight.

The Notebook - UWM’s 64.3 percent from three-point range tied the fourth-best single-game shooting percentage in school history (Feb. 13, 1999) … Milwaukee is now 3-1 all-time on Jan. 27 … Laur’s 27 points are a career-high and her 7 assists tied a career-high … she took sole possession of fifth place in school history with her 15th career 20-point game. She is also fifth with 65 career double-digit scoring games … Rodriguez had her third game of the season with 4-or-more threes.

Up Next - Milwaukee continues its road trip at Butler Saturday. The Panthers and Bulldogs kick off at 1 p.m. central time.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Live Blog: Milwaukee @ Valparaiso

JANUARY 27, 2011

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Postgame Extra – Milwaukee at Butler

Game #21 – Milwaukee 86, Butler 80 (OT)

Player of the Game - Kaylon Williams had a great game against Butler the first time around and posted another stellar effort Sunday afternoon. Williams scored 16 points and had a collegiate-best 12 rebounds while adding six assists. He helped direct a Panther offense that shot 54.4 percent from the field.

Turning Point - With the Panthers up a point and 1:30 remaining in overtime, UWM used a timeout after claiming a tie-up on a loose ball with three seconds on the shot clock. The play drawn up got Tone Boyle a look at a three, and he buried it to give Milwaukee a four-point lead.

Stat That Mattered - UWM did a great job of getting the ball in the paint and it paid off. The Panthers scored 44 points in the paint and shot 29 free throws, providing a big boost to the overall 54.4 percent shooting effort.

The Notebook - UWM is the first team to sweep Butler in the regular season since the 2004-05 campaign … the Bulldogs also saw their 15-game regular season home league winning streak snapped … Milwaukee shot 54.4 percent in the win after shooting 55.3 percent in its first win over Butler … Kaylon Williams played 44 of the 45 minutes of the game while Tone Boyle played 42 of 45 minutes … Milwaukee attempted just 15 three-pointers, its fewest since trying just 14 at DePaul in mid-December … UWM is now 2-0 in overtime this season, with both of those wins coming on the road … this is the fifth time this season the Panthers have scored 80 or more points … Ryan Allen’s 10 points off the bench are his most since he scored 15 in a win over Niagara in November … Anthony Hill has now been in double figures in his last five games against Butler … Kyle Kelm’s eight points tied a collegiate high … Kaylon Williams has been in double figures on offense in six of the last seven games … his 12 rebounds were a collegiate-best … the Panthers played without Lonnie Boga (ankle) and Jerard Ajami (knee) … Tony Meier played through a severe case of the stomach flu.

Up Next - Milwaukee returns home for its next three games, starting with a Friday night contest against Detroit. The game tips off at 8 p.m. CST and will air live on ESPNU.

Live Blog - Milwaukee at Butler

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Post-Game Wrap-Up: Milwaukee @ #15 Green Bay

Post-Game Wrap-Up: Milwaukee @ #15/21 Green Bay
Game #18 –Green Bay 87, Milwaukee 39

Full game recap and stats here

Player of the Game - Sammy Theut. This was a rough game all around for Milwaukee. But, Theut looked her strongest since hurting her ankle against Wright State in the league opener. She played 15 minutes, finishing with 3 steals and a pair of offensive boards.

Turning Point - Early. UWM never got its offense on track and, after making it 8-5, conceded a 20-2 run. Milwaukee did not have multiple scoring possessions in a row without Green Bay scoring until well into the second half. Any time the Panthers scored, the Phoenix answered—usually with a run.

Stat That Mattered - Pick ‘em: 29 turnovers/22% shooting. Green Bay used its aggressiveness to disrupt the Panther offense from the opening tip. Those two stats combined to keep UWM with more turnovers than points for a big chunk of the game.

The Notebook - Milwaukee set a school record for fewest field goals made (9) and posted the third-worst shooting percentage in team history … the Panthers shot 22 percent in a game for the second time this season (South Dakota). Ironically, UWM is 1-1 in those games … their 39 points are a season-low.

Up Next - Milwaukee stays on the road, playing at Valparaiso Thursday.

Live Blog: Milwaukee @ Green Bay

Friday, January 21, 2011

Postgame Extra – Milwaukee at Valparaiso

Game #20 – Valparaiso 60, Milwaukee 43

Player of the Game - Tony Meier was the only player to reach double figures for Milwaukee, scoring a game-high 16 points. He also had four rebounds in 26 minutes.

Turning Point - Milwaukee missed its first 12 field goals and had nine turnovers in the first 12 minutes of the game. The Panthers never recovered from that start.

Stat That Mattered - UWM had 16 turnovers for the game, with 12 coming in the first half. Milwaukee had not committed more than 10 in any of its three previous games.

The Notebook - Milwaukee shot a season-low 28.3 percent. It is the third time this season UWM has shot less than 30 percent from the field … the Panthers’ two made three-pointers also marked a season low … this was the fourth time this season UWM scored fewer than 50 points Its season low was 40 at Wisconsin … the shooting numbers simply weren’t good for the Panthers to start the game. UWM missed its first 12 field goal attempts and was then 1-of-15 at one point. Milwaukee also missed its first nine 3-point attempts … UWM wound up 4-of-19 in the first half with 12 turnovers … Tony Meier reached double figures for the seventh time in the last eight games … everyone dressed for the game outside of redshirt Evan Richard played in the contest … Milwaukee used 12 players in the first 12 minutes of the game alone.

Up Next - Milwaukee continues its weekend road trip through Indiana, heading to Indianapolis for a Sunday afternoon contest with Butler.

Live Blog - Milwaukee @ Valparaiso

Join Kevin O'Connor courtside at the ARC for tonight's game between Milwaukee and Valparaiso.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

On the road with the UWM swim team ... Final Blog

The trip to Florida is over and the UWM swim team was back in action this past Sunday, sweeping Carthage College in a home meet. Hope you enjoyed the team blogs.

The final entry comes from head coach Kyle Clements:

Another Florida training trip has come and gone, and we have made it back to Milwaukee safely. We take this trip annually, and it is a crucial part of are season training. These 10 days are the most demanding 10 days of our year, and the sun and the beach helps this team make it through the week mentally and physically.

This year's trip went off without a hitch. In recent years we have dealt with freezing cold temperatures, team illnesses, hotel and van fiascoes. We were able to avoid all those issues this year and put in a full 10 days of uninterrupted training.

The trip started off with an early arrival to the Milwaukee airport for our A.M. flight. It's always fun for the staff to see how some of the freshmen react to the travel, because it always seems like at least one of them have never flown before. This year it just happened to be Emily McClellan, and she provided everyone with some good laughs through out the morning flights.

We made to it Florida after a short layover in Maryland without any delays, and then proceeded to get our bags and rental vans. It takes some good packing skill to get 66 people into these vans with their luggage, but like we do every year we made it work. It was then off to the hotel. For the first time in four years the UWM swim team changed their hotel accommodations, and it worked out wonderfully. We stayed at the Ocean Manor Resort and it was a welcome change of pace, and they did a wonderful job accommodating us. After we got checked in and dropped our bags off it was time for the training trip to begin.

Our first night there we do not have any pool time, but that did not stop us from getting a great workout in. We headed out onto the football field there at Pine Crest and then proceeded to have a great dryland workout that included a lot of lunges, abs, squats and a lot of running. That first dryland was amazing and it set the tone for the remainder of the trip. It did get cut a little bit short though. The fields sprinkler system went off in the middle of the girls teams stretches (the boys found this to be hilarious). We then returned back to the hotel to get a little 'R & R' before the next practice.

Throughout the week we went double practices from 8 am to 10 am and from 6 pm to 8 pm. As a coach, this is one of my favorite weeks of the year because I get to pull out all my favorite workouts and put them all right next to each other. Most of the workouts have names like animal kicks, goal 50's, power kicks and the infamous Pain Train. Everybody knows that these sets are coming, and they make it a point to mentally prepare for each and every one of them. Near the beginning of the trip we also got to swim against Hillsdale College, who is coached by a UWM alum and that helped break up the monotony of back to back to back practices. After the meet we had our team dinners with the boys going to their usual Bubba Gump Shirmp and the girls who like a little variation going to Aruba. Everyone always gets dressed up for these dinners (the ladies take it a little more serious then the men), but its always fun for the staff to see them in normal clothes.

The days continued on, and the workouts kept coming. I could tell that everyone was getting tired (some of them told me in case I could not tell), and I knew it was about time to give them their afternoon off. As a coach I always I like to help push these athletes further than they thought they could go. So before I gave them a practice off, I led up to it with our two hardest practices of the year back to back. On the evening of Jan. 12th (my sister's birthday. Happy Birthday Kristin - sorry I forgot to call) is when I pulled out the pain train set, and the next morning is when I introduced the first annual biathlon. Both practices went amazing and the kids earned their afternoon off. We then had two remaining practices left, one I would write and the last one I let the seniors write.

On Saturday morning we checked out of our hotel around 4:30 am and headed to the airport. After a little hangup with ticketing we were through security and headed back to Milwaukee. We arrived in Milwaukee a little before 11 am, and the team parted ways to their respective homes and dorm rooms to prepare for their next challenge. As I said before, I really enjoy pushing these kids, so I scheduled a meet for that next day against Carthage College at 1 pm. Everyone one was one deck 24 hours after we landed. I could see some tired eyes looking back at me, but it has been a point I have been making all year that if you can learn to swim tired, once we rest, the sky is the limit. This team has taken that to heart. They have given themselves to this team, this program and to UWM. Every time they step on those blocks they give it everything they have and it shows.

Twenty-seven hours after stepping off the plane we found ourselves catching our collective breaths, and looking at the scoreboard, and realizing that not only did we survive, but we set seven new pool records in process. Congratulations Panthers. The staff and I are very proud of you.

Kyle Clements
Head swimming and diving coach

Monday, January 17, 2011

On the road with the UWM swim team ... Part VIII

With the UWM swimming team down in Florida on their annual training trip, we thought it would be fun to have a member of the team share their thoughts each day on the UWM Blog.

The Panthers are in sunny Fort Lauderdale, training at Pinecrest Academy, both short and long course. The team hotel is right on A1A on the beach for the fourth-straight year. They will be on the trip through the 15th of January before resuming the regular season schedule second semester against Carthage College on Jan. 16.


The eighth blog entry comes from senior Dan Heraly:

Today was our last day here in Florida and we got a little taste of last years’ training trip.

Much to our dismay, it was a chilly and breezy day, not what we wanted for our last day here. This morning we had the privilege of doing one of our favorite sets, best average 50’s. If you are part of the D-Crew, you earned the distinct honor of doing best average 100’s.

The evening practice was a little more eventful. The seniors were allowed to write the second practice of the day. This practice would be what the rest of the team would remember the seniors for.

With having so many rough practices, the team was in dire need of some fun so the team was separated into eight teams for a team competition. Individual competitions included; breath holding, drawing Kyle, belly flop, big splash, small splash, and towel creations. The groups then competed in relays with their teams and each team also performed a synchronized swim.

It was a great way to end the toughest 10 days of the season. We will undoubtedly have our most rough morning tomorrow as we get up at 4 a.m. to return home.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Postgame Extra – Loyola at Milwaukee

Game #19 – Loyola 71, Milwaukee 65

Player of the Game - At some points, Kaylon Williams almost single-handedly kept UWM within striking distance Saturday. His five points in a row got the Panthers back into a 48-all tie, but it just wasn’t enough. He wound up tying his UWM high with 17 points while adding six rebounds and six assists.

Turning Point - Loyola’s 9-0 run in the first half completely changed the game, turning things from a 31-18 rout into a 31-27 contest. Over the final 3:30 of the half, UWM had three missed layups and three turnovers.

Stat That Mattered - Yes, the Panthers stumbled at times on offense. But Loyola shot 55.1 percent from the field for the game, including 68.2 percent in the second half.

The Notebook - The Panthers are now 5-4 at home this season … this is the second-straight year Loyola has beaten UWM in Milwaukee … the Panthers have still won 16 of the last 22 in the series … UWM reached double figures in three-pointers made for the fourth time in the last five games … Milwaukee had 14 offensive rebounds, the fifth time in the last six games the Panthers hit double digits in the category … the Panthers had 10 or fewer turnovers for the third-straight game … Loyola’s 55.1 percent shooting from the field was the third-best mark by a Panther opponent this season … Kaylon Williams reached double figures in points for a fifth-straight game and has made 16-of-29 from three-point range in that time … Mitchell Carter played in a game for just the seventh time this season, collecting an offensive rebound and missing a shot in four minutes … Milwaukee played without Lonnie Boga (ankle) for the second time in the last three games.

Up Next - Milwaukee is back on the road for a pair of games, playing at Valparaiso Friday and Butler Sunday.

Post-Game Wrap-Up: Milwaukee vs. Loyola

Post-Game Wrap-Up: Milwaukee vs. Loyola
Game #17 –Milwaukee 72, Loyola 58

Full game recap and stats here

Player of the Game - Lindsay Laur. The senior had another monster game with 20 points, 15 rebounds and 4 steals. The double-double was her seventh of the season.

Turning Point - 14:32 remaining. Ashley Imperiale hit a layup and was fouled. The layup with UWM’s first field goal in 9:37/ She converted the three-point lead and Milwaukee did not trail again.

Stat That Mattered - 52-32 rebounding advantage. The Panthers’ rebounding led to a 16-4 advantage in second chance points. That canceled out a 21-6 Loyola edge in points off turnovers.

The Notebook - Milwaukee’s 52 rebounds are its second-most this season … the Panthers outrebounded their opponent for the fifth-straight game, this time by a season-high 20 … Anne Breland committed her first foul of the season in the first half. She had not been whistled for a foul over 387 minutes of game play … UWM is 36-for-42 (.857) at the free throw line over its last two games … this was Laur’s fifth double-double of the season that included 20+ points .

Up Next - The Panthers will look to push its winning streak to four games at in-state rival No. 18 Green Bay next Saturday. UWM and GB tip off at 2 p.m. at the Kress Events Center in a game that will be televised on Time Warner Sports 32.

Live Blog: Milwaukee vs. Loyola

Live Blog - Milwaukee vs. Loyola

Friday, January 14, 2011

On the road with the UWM swim team ... Part VII

With the UWM swimming team down in Florida on their annual training trip, we thought it would be fun to have a member of the team share their thoughts each day on the UWM Blog.

The Panthers are in sunny Fort Lauderdale, training at Pinecrest Academy, both short and long course. The team hotel is right on A1A on the beach for the fourth-straight year. They will be on the trip through the 15th of January before resuming the regular season schedule second semester against Carthage College on Jan. 16.


The seventh blog entry comes from junior Kyle Trelka:

Today was a great day. Before last night's workout, the UW-Milwaukee Swimming and Diving had reached the breaking point as a team. Every single person on the team had pushed themselves to the limit and was exhausted. Some of us were just wishing to get home and make it the last few days of training. Surviving seemed to be the main goal of the team. We were getting sick of swimming and somewhat of each other.

But then something was realized, something clicked. I can’t pinpoint a specific event that brought it out, but it was a breath of fresh air and new energy which surged through the team. As a team, we suddenly came together and realized we could thrive in this broken and sore environment. This is what makes us great. We are able to push our minds and our bodies until there seems to be nothing left, when all of the sudden we find the drive and desire to be not only good, but incredible. We know as individuals we can succeed, but as a team we can dominate.

The biathlon, which every single member of the team completed, was a great testament to this. Not only were some amazing times put up for the combined one mile swim and three mile run, but we all pushed one another beyond what we individually thought we could. There was cheering and applause from the very beginning to the end. Only when the last Panther crossed the finish line did anyone stop watching their teammates and encouraging them on.

If we can pull together like this in a practice, what is there to stop us at a meet? Who is there to stop us? UW-Milwaukee is ready and excited for the opportunities we will receive, get ready Horizon League.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Postgame Extra – Milwaukee vs. UIC

Game #18 – Milwaukee 87, UIC 75

Player of the Game -
Tony Meier finished with a game-high 22 points to go with five rebounds, three assists, two steals and no turnovers in 38 minutes. He went 7-of-12 from the field, including 4-of-6 from three-point range.

Turning Point - UIC had cut UWM's seven-point halftime lead to three at 41-38 inside the first minute of the second half. The Panthers responded with an 18-4 run to push its lead to 17 at 61-44 just over five minutes later. Milwaukee lead would extend to 23 by the 9:43 mark.

Stat That Mattered - The Panthers could do little wrong from three-point range, making 12-of-19 for the game for a 63.2 percent shooting clip. Kaylon Williams made his first four from long distance, including a half-court shot to end the first half. Tony Meier also made four 3's in the game.

The Notebook - Milwaukee tied its all-time series with UIC, 20-20 ... the Panthers have won the last six meetings ... their 63.2 percent shooting from three-point range is the fourth-best shooting clip in school history ... UWM made 10+ three-pointers for the fifth time in its last eight games and have sunk 48 threes over its last four ... the Panthers shot better than 50 percent for the second-straight home game and the fifth time this season ... they are 4-1 in those games ... Tony Meier topped 20 points for the fourth time this season.

Up Next - Milwaukee closes out its week, hosting Loyola Saturday at the U.S. Cellular Arena. The Panthers and Ramblers tip off at 1 p.m.

Live Blog: Milwaukee vs. UIC

Join UWM Assistant SID Chris Zills for tonight's game against UIC. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.

On the road with the UWM swim team ... Part VI

With the UWM swimming team down in Florida on their annual training trip, we thought it would be fun to have a member of the team share their thoughts each day on the UWM Blog.

The Panthers are in sunny Fort Lauderdale, training at Pinecrest Academy, both short and long course. The team hotel is right on A1A on the beach for the fourth-straight year. They will be on the trip through the 15th of January before resuming the regular season schedule second semester against Carthage College on Jan. 16.


The sixth blog entry comes from senior Ellie Gross:

Today began with a slightly colder temperature than we Northerners would have liked, shocking the newbies and bringing to mind memories of cold days past to those veterans from last year's cold spell (a.k.a the entire trip).

Morning practice was uneventful, with people staying fairly positive through the cold weather and sore muscles. After practice, practically the entire team went to their respective rooms to sleep and mentally prepare for "The Pain Train," a most ingenious invention from our head coach Kyle, consisting of a 400 IM with a 100 fly tacked onto the end. Of course, butterfly is everyone's favorite stroke so this caused lots of cheers of excitement from the whole team. As a team, we hopped on the infamous "Pain Train" and vanquished it with flying colors, swimming faster than previous years and staying far more positive throughout the ordeal.

As a senior, I would personally like to make this statement: I hope I never have to do that set again. I think my fellow seniors would agree with me. I am proud of how well the team handled the "Pain Train" and at the end of the day, despite the soreness and exhaustion, I can definitely say it's great to be a UWM Panther.

Tomorrow will bring a new challenge and tradition, a biathlon including a mile swim and a three-mile run. For those of us who were born solely for the water (a.k.a me) and not dryland activities, this will be a completely new challenge, but I have my teammates to help me through it and to encourage in return.

And now, sleep. Panthers in the pool!! Rawr rawr rawr!!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Post-Game Wrap-Up: Milwaukee vs. UIC

Post-Game Wrap-Up: Milwaukee vs. UIC
Game #16 –Milwaukee 85, UIC 78 - overtime

Full game recap and stats here

Player of the Game - Ashley Imperiale. In her third game back from an off-season shoulder injury, Imperiale scored 19 points, hitting 3-of-4 three’s and all four free throw tries. She had a number of key baskets for UWM, including converting a three-point play in overtime to give the Panthers the lead for good.

Turning Point - Imperiale’s 3-point play. She hit a layup to make it 79-78 with just over a minute remaining in overtime and drew contact. When she made the free throw, the Panthers had all the momentum they needed to hold on for the win.

Stat That Mattered - 8 turnovers after halftime. Once Milwaukee got control of the ball, there was seemingly no stopping it. The Panthers outscored the Flames, 55-42, after halftime.

The Notebook - UWM snapped a five-game losing streak in overtime games ... the team is 13-16 in Division I OT games … the Panthers also played in overtime Dec. 1 against Bradley … Angela Rodriguez and Lindsay Laur both scored at least 20 points for the second time this season, the first being that Bradley game … Laur passed Rachel Mickelson (1,152) and Nichole Drummond (1,153) to move up to ninth on UWM’s all-time scoring list with 1,160 points … her 7 assists were a career-high, as were her 3 blocks … the Panthers hit 10+ threes in a game for the third time this season.

Up Next - The Panthers will look to push their winning streak to three-straight Saturday, hosting Loyola at the Klotsche Center. UWM and the Ramblers tip off at 5 p.m. in a game that was originally scheduled for 6 p.m. The game will be televised live on Time Warner Sports 32 in Milwaukee.

On the road with the UWM swim team ... Part V

With the UWM swimming team down in Florida on their annual training trip, we thought it would be fun to have a member of the team share their thoughts each day on the UWM Blog.

The Panthers are in sunny Fort Lauderdale, training at Pinecrest Academy, both short and long course. The team hotel is right on A1A on the beach for the fourth-straight year. They will be on the trip through the 15th of January before resuming the regular season schedule second semester against Carthage College on Jan. 16.


The fifth blog entry comes from freshman Chris Jenkyns:

Day six, day of the epic ocean swim. Today, the teams switched into two groups, one group went to Pine Crest and one group had an ocean swim.

The ocean swim is something we didn’t do last year and it was a good alternative to a normal swim practice. The ocean swim consisted of swimming out to buoys located off shore and then swimming horizontally to the shore. Although an official GPS wasn’t used to track total distance swam, estimates of about 15 miles were common.

Everybody from the ocean swim returned alive, but tired from battling sharks, stingrays and man-of-war jellyfish. One swimmer who returned alive, Emily McClellan, had a great story from the trek. “While swimming in the deep abyss we witnessed creatures that we’re pretty sure have yet to be discovered. Overall it was a great workout and a fun way to swim.”

Some swimmers in the group thought it would be funny to play tricks on the scared swimmers when another swimmer grabbed her legs and pulled her under the water. The open water swim was a great time that hopefully will happen again next year.

At Pine Crest, the other swimmers did a taxing workout that left their bodies tired and sore. After a nice warm-up, the group was met by Mary Kuyvenhoven, who brought with her stories from the ocean. We continued practice with many I.M. sets and then a difficult dry land where laps were run, stairs stepped and pushups done.

Later in the day, a group of swimmers and Coach Kyle shout out to Dan, Matt, Sarah, Brady, Evan, went to Primanti Brothers for lunch. The sandwiches there were great and had french fries and coleslaw on them. Also they had brownies which were delicious because who doesn’t like brownies? After a nice recovery practice Maggi Beck, Brady Huemann, Jeff Maxwell and myself played Conasta continuing our ongoing matches from the beginning of the trip.

Well, were almost done with training trip, only a couple more days to go before we return to the cold. Three more days of practicing to go ...

Live Blog: Milwaukee vs. UIC

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

On the road with the UWM swim team ... Part IV

With the UWM swimming team down in Florida on their annual training trip, we thought it would be fun to have a member of the team share their thoughts each day on the UWM Blog.

The Panthers are in sunny Fort Lauderdale, training at Pinecrest Academy, both short and long course. The team hotel is right on A1A on the beach for the fourth-straight year. They will be on the trip through the 15th of January before resuming the regular season schedule second semester against Carthage College on Jan. 16.


The fourth blog entry comes from freshman Mary Kuyvenhoven:

Let me start by saying that Florida kind of rocks my socks. Today was the warmest day thus far. It started out a little shaky and me and Rachel Rabitski kept a close eye on the clouds. But they parted and we all enjoyed some Florida sunshine as we powered through Melvins.

Two of the vans ventured to Dandee Donut Factory despite Dave’s hiccup the day before. I decided not to chance it. Instead, I ate my ninth PB & J sandwich of the trip and headed to the beach. On the way there, I saw Chloe Lewis and she told me I looked like a native. Needless to say, everyone’s tans are coming along nicely. When I went to the beach I saw gigantic waves. Today was the day I would get in the ocean. Chris Jenkyns and Maggi Beck guided me through body surfing and CJ used his connection with Poseidon to predict the big ones and root out the waves we like to call the “teasers.” We were joined by Kyle Clements who ventured out into the sand for the first time since we’ve been here.

Back on the beach, Maggie Pease and Danielle Chapman rented a jet ski and proceeded to promptly fall of it at the first sign of a wave. Brian Verink started digging a giant hole with a hotel ice bucket and that seemed to occupy everyone’s attention for a while. Personally, I don’t understand why anyone would want to dig a giant useless hole, but I’m more of a beach reader myself.

Rumors of the Pain Train surfaced and everyone went inside to nap in preparation. But, alas, it didn’t happen and we did underwaters and downs instead. For the second hour we did weights where I sweated like a man with Randee Cardinal and then the day was over!

I’d like to end today’s blog by giving a birthday shout out to Sophia Schmidt. I feel like despite the swimming, Florida is a pretty good birthday present. It beats Wisconsin, anyway. On that note, I’d like to sign off.

Over and out.
Indiana Mary

Monday, January 10, 2011

On the road with the UWM swim team ... Part III

With the UWM swimming team down in Florida on their annual training trip, we thought it would be fun to have a member of the team share their thoughts each day on the UWM Blog.

The Panthers are in sunny Fort Lauderdale, training at Pinecrest Academy, both short and long course. The team hotel is right on A1A on the beach for the fourth-straight year. They will be on the trip through the 15th of January before resuming the regular season schedule second semester against Carthage College on Jan. 16.


The third blog entry comes from sophomore Sam Niesen:

Currently, there are many sick people on the team and I happened to be one of them until today — I woke up in the morning feeling a whole lot better than I did the night before. I knew it was going to be a good day. I put my clothes on, ate a muffin and a banana, brushed my teeth and went down to the van for morning practice.

We had the usual venting in the van with “so-and-so did this last night and it was really annoying” and other variations. Some of my teammates were tired, some of them were enigmatically hyper (maybe it was the coffee?). Although I hate getting up to go to morning practice, I’m always really glad I did when we finally get into the water and get things going. Today was different though, I was actually happy to wake up and get to practice. Even with only one day of sickness, I began to appreciate my health a whole lot more — being able to get up and go to practice without any problems was something I took for granted until today.

We got to practice, got a good warm up in and surprisingly got a decently long pull set in. I’m used to long pull sets from my club coach and I’ve actually managed to absorb a liking for them. The UWM team doesn’t do them very often though, so I take advantage of it whenever we do. The rest of the practice went decently well, everybody seemed to be in a good mood and we headed for dryland. We had a warm up lap around the track, a good set of abs and ‘inch-worms’ and a great stairs run. The sun was beaming with few clouds in the sky, everyone was sweaty and tired and the morning workout was done.

After the team got back from morning practice, most of us headed for the beach. The sun was still out and it was still a beautiful, warm day. We laid on our towels and get a good UV-soaking for the day. The guys on the team and I fulfilled our daily football and frisbee needs and we call it a day for the beach — you don’t want to get heat exhaustion before night practice.

After complaints from a few people on the team about afternoon practice being in the way of the Packer playoff game against the Eagles, we were graciously allowed to decide whether we wanted to practice from 6-8 (during the game) or 8-10. Most of the team decided to stay with the regularly scheduled 6-8 practice time, while twelve people decided to swim from 8-10 — myself included. I saw a huge advantage in going to the later practice; not only could I watch my favorite football team, but I could have a mere eleven people with me during practice. I thought I might regret going from 8 until 10 at night, but the Packers won 21-16 and I was happy.

Afternoon practice itself wasn’t too bad — we had stations with some including a ‘stopwatch-roulette’. The highlight of the late group practice, in my opinion, was Sky Boggio finishing off a no-breath set with a full 50m underwater dolphin kick. I happened to be swimming right over the top of him the whole way, wondering if he was going to make it or if I was going to be forced to save him. Luckily, he’s a great swimmer and he managed to finish it underwater fairly easily. After we went through our stations in small groups, we went to our bags in the chilly, dark weather and headed back to the hotel. My prediction of it being a good day was thankfully correct, and I headed off to bed, only to get ready for another grueling day of swimming and working out — how could it get any better?

Sunday, January 9, 2011

On the road with the UWM swim team... Part II

With the UWM swimming team down in Florida on their annual training trip, we thought it would be fun to have a member of the team share their thoughts each day on the UWM Blog.

The Panthers are in sunny Fort Lauderdale, training at Pinecrest Academy, both short and long course. The team hotel is right on A1A on the beach for the fourth-straight year. They will be on the trip through the 15th of January before resuming the regular season schedule second semester against Carthage College on Jan. 16.


The second blog entry comes from senior Rachel Rebitski:

It's day three in Florida and I think I am starting to miss the Wisconsin weather ... not! The weather today was gorgeous; it was in the mid-70’s! (The weather in Milwaukee was mid 20’s)!

We started off the day with an 8-10 morning swim. Nothing too bad, although we did have ANIMAL kicks. For those that don’t know, animal kicks is a really hard kick set that we do … not really sure why they are called animal kicks, but they are, and it's hard!

After practice most of the team was able to enjoy the sun and soak up some rays on the beach. There was a manatee spotting, a few people jumped in to see it, but I chose to stand on shore and watch it.

After a few good hours in the sun we went back to the pool for a meet against Hills Dale. We all got to pick our events and we got to do some fun relays! Everyone had a good time.

Today was also our team dinners, so after two long practices we definitely took advantage of eating out! The boys stuck to tradition and went to Bubba Gump and the girls went to Aruba.

We had an exciting day … seven to go!

On the road with the UWM swim team...

With the UWM swimming team down in Florida on their annual training trip, we thought it would be fun to have a member of the team share their thoughts each day on the UWM Blog.

The Panthers are in sunny Fort Lauderdale, training at Pinecrest Academy, both short and long course. The team hotel is right on A1A on the beach for the fourth-straight year. They will be on the trip through the 15th of January before resuming the regular season schedule second semester against Carthage College on Jan. 16.


The first blog entry comes from junior Sarah Wardecke:

Day One in the Sun:

After being on a plane all day yesterday we were finally able to spend some much needed time in the sun. We started off the morning in the short course pool, with our most difficult set being a set of power-kicks. During power kicks, we kick on our backs with our arms straight up in the air and pray that if we move our feet fast enough we can prevent ourselves from sinking to the bottom on the pool. Despite the sun being in our eyes (which caused us all to run into the lane-line a few times) we all enjoyed the warm rays of sun.

Within minutes of returning to the hotel the entire team was down at the beach. Since we had cloudy and cold 40-degree weather last year, all the returning swimmers were very excited to finally have warm beach weather. Although it was a little cloudy, we took full advantage and everyone was sprawled across the sand reading books, throwing footballs, tanning and swimming in the ocean.

Despite a call for rain and storms, we lucked out and were able to spend as much of the afternoon as we wanted outside.

Finally, after hours on the beach we returned to the Pine Crest High School pool, once again, for our second practice of the day. However, this time we swam in the long course pool. Even though we were able to avoid the rain earlier in the day, we were not so lucky during this practice. While it sprinkled the first portion of our warm up, it began to thunderstorm about 40 minutes into practice.

Even though a few of us continued to try and swim through the storm, once the lightning sirens went off we were sent to camp out in the locker rooms. After about twenty minutes the storm cleared and we returned to the pool to finish another tough practice.

It’s been a good trip so far and we’re all hoping for many more sunny days to come.

Postgame Extra – Milwaukee at Green Bay

Game #17 – Green Bay 69, Milwaukee 64

Player of the Game - Kaylon Williams again contributed with a little bit of everything Saturday, tallying 14 points, six rebounds and five assists.

Turning Point - Green Bay’s 19-3 second-half run proved to be too much for Milwaukee to overcome. But, the second foul called on Kaylon Williams with 4:13 remaining in the first half was also key. He wound up sitting out almost the entire rest of the half, as the Panthers went scoreless and UWM’s 32-30 lead turned into a 35-32 deficit.

Stat That Mattered - Milwaukee shooting touch let it down, as the Panthers made just 20-of-57 (35.1 percent) from the field. Anthony Hill was just 2-of-14 from the floor.

The Notebook - Green Bay now leads the all-time series 26-18 and has won three-straight over Milwaukee at the Resch Center … UWM has still won 14 of the last 23 meetings between the two schools overall … Milwaukee is now 34-15 in January under Rob Jeter … in spite of its general struggles from the field, UWM did make nine 3-pointers and has now made 36 three-pointers in its last three games … Anthony Hill had 12 points and 12 rebounds for his third double-double of the season and fourth of his career ... Tony Meier had 10 points and has now been in double figures in nine of his last 11 games … the Panthers played without Lonnie Boga, who was sidelined by an ankle injury.

Up Next - Milwaukee heads back to the U.S. Cellular Arena for a pair of home games, welcoming UIC to The Cell Thursday night before Loyola visits Saturday afternoon.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Live Men's Basketball Blog - Milwaukee @ Green Bay

Join Kevin O'Connor courtside at the Resch Center for tonight's in-state battle between Milwaukee and Green Bay.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Post-Game Wrap-Up: Milwaukee @ Cleveland State

Post-Game Wrap-Up: Milwaukee @ Cleveland State
Game #14 –Cleveland State 76, Milwaukee 60

Full game recap and stats here

Player of the Game - Lindsay Laur. This is something of a previous works award. Five-straight double-doubles is quite an achievement. It was not her most impressive double-double (13p, 11r), but it was the one that tied the school record. Special mention goes to Courtney Lindfors, who posted her second-straight solid game. She scored a team-high 17 points and grabbed 7 boards.

Turning Point - 16:01-4:24 in the second half. UWM went 0-for-12 from the field and turned the ball over 10 times. CSU went on a 15-6 run over that time to turn a 2-point game into an 11-point game.

Stat That Mattered - 24 turnovers. That scoreless streak started with 5-straight turnovers. The Panthers were stifled in their comeback bids with miscues.

The Notebook - Laur tied the school record for consecutive double-doubles and double-digit rebounding games (5) … she also tied Erica Young for third in school history with 20 career double-doubles … Laur tied Niki Flack for 12th in school history on the career scoring list (1,121) … Kimee Chandler hit multiple 3-pointers in her third-straight game.

Up Next - Milwaukee continues its road trip at Youngstown State Saturday. The Panthers and Penguins kick off at noon central time.

Live Blog: Milwaukee @ Cleveland State

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Hagen Heading Back To Camp...

Sarah Hagen is returning to the U.S. U23 National Team this month, heading to Carson, Calif., for a training camp Jan. 9-16.

Srah is coming off a standout season that saw her named a semifinalist for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy and net NSCAA All-America First-Team honors. She led the league and was near the top of the nation in with 19 goals and 44 points. Among her other honors were Horizon League Player of the Year (second-straight), League Offensive Player of the Year (inaugural award), All-League First Team (third-straight) and League Tournament MVP (third-straight).

To get a more complete list of her awards, check out some of my releases at for her awards, like this one for example.

Sarah has seven appearances with the U23 National Team, making four starts. She travelled with the team to Germany for a pair of games, while also playing in England at the Four Nation's Tournament, which the U.S. won. She scored goals against Portland in a stateside exhibition and also scored the equalizing goal in a 2-2 draw with the Korean Republic U20 team in Germany.

You can read the article announcing the camp at by clicking here.

Postgame Extra – Butler at Milwaukee

Game #16 – Milwaukee 76, Butler 52

Player of the Game - When you accomplish something no one else has since 1993, you probably win this honor going away. Kaylon Williams had the first triple-double by a Panther since Marc Mitchell had two of them during the 1992-93 campaign, collecting 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. His 10th assist came first, on a pass to Tone Boyle at the top of the key for a three. Then, rebound #10 and points 8-10 came on the same series. He chased down an offensive rebound during a long Panther possession and eventually buried a staredown three over Matt Howard as the shot clock ran down. On top of it all, Williams had just one turnover in 38 minutes.

Turning Point Matt Howard kept Butler in the game with 12 first-half points. But, he committed three fouls in the first 2:11 of the second half. The UWM lead was at nine when he left the game and at 18 when he returned about five minutes later. If Butler had any chance to be in the game, it evaporated during that five-minute span.

Stat That Mattered - There were a lot of good numbers to look at for the Panthers Monday night, but it is hard to overlook UWM’s 55.3 percent shooting. Milwaukee made 15-of-24 from inside the arc, consistently getting good looks in and around the paint. That was complemented by a solid 11-of-23 from three-point range.

The Notebook - Marc Mitchell is actually the only other UWM player to collect a Division I triple-double, having done it twice during the 1992-93 season … Kaylon Williams is the first Panther to have 10 or more assists in a game since Cyrus Caldwell had 11 against Fairleigh Dickinson in 1997 … this was the second time in four games UWM has had two players with 20 or more points, as Anthony Hill had 22 and Tony Meier 20 … Meier has now had three 20-point games in his last eight outings … Hill has now scored 18, 21, 15 and 22 points in his last four games against Butler … Milwaukee hit double figures in three-pointers made for the fourth time in six games … Tone Boyle has made 18 three-pointers in his last four games … UWM’s 55.3 percent shooting clip is its second-best of the season, and the fourth time the Panthers have shot better than 50 percent … Milwaukee won back-to-back games for the first time since winning three-straight Nov. 14-20 … Milwaukee and Butler have now split their last 22 meetings … not only did UWM end Butler’s 22-game Horizon League regular season winning streak, but the Panthers have now been responsible for the last two regular season league Butler losses … this was the largest margin of victory ever by the Panthers over Butler … Milwaukee is now 78-29 at The Cell since 2002-03, and is 73-18 in regular season league home contests over the last 11-plus seasons.

Up Next - Milwaukee returns to action at the end of the week, playing at Green Bay Saturday night at 7 p.m.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Live Men's Basketball Blog - Milwaukee vs. Butler

Join Kevin O'Connor courtside at the U.S. Cellular Arena for tonight's battle between Milwaukee and Butler.

Top 10 Moments of Milwaukee Athletics in 2010*

* Well, in assistant SID Kevin Conway's estimation.

Just before the end of 2010, I decided to make a list of the top 10 moments of the year in Panther Athletics. Well, these are one man's humble opinion of the top moments. No voting. No debate. Just me and my memories of the year. Click through and you can see some of the highlights of the year that was.

First, some disclaimers: I generally favor my sports. Sorry... it's just how I roll. Championships are great, but this is not a list of championships. Those are great, but other moments may be better. Lastly, I don't let losing ruin a great moment (my sports career was filled with losing, so I don't let it bother me).


10. November 27 - Marquette 75, Men's Basketball 72
I know it’s a loss. But, I went to UWM (Class of 2003), so seeing a game against Marquette that was that close, and with that atmosphere, was amazing.

9. September 1 – Men's Soccer 4, Marquette 2
This is not a trend. The Panthers took back the Milwaukee Cup with a thrilling 4-2 win over the Golden Eagles at Valley Fields. It was a great start to the season.

8. December 4 – Lindsay Laur’s 1,000th Point
The sports I cover tend to carry a bit more wait with me, but 1,000 career points is a remarkable achievement. Lindsay Laur joined the club against Northern Iowa and is working her way up the career scoring and rebounding charts. She has a unique skill set in the annals of UWM basketball, put fully on display against Wright State on New Year's Eve when she had 26 points, 17 rebounds and 6 three-pointers.

7. October 1 – Texas 4, Women's Soccer 3 (OT)
In my experience in Texas, whether or not everything is better... I cannot say. But, this was a Texas-sized score in an exciting shootout with the Longhorns. The Panthers jumped out to a 1-0 lead, but scored goals to tie the game at 2-2 and 3-3 (in the 85th minute) before UT prevailed in overtime. Sarah Hagen had two goals and assisted on the third to tie the Horizon League and UWM record for career goals.

6. February 27 – Men’s Swimming & Diving wins Horizon League Championship
Despite not winning an individual title during the meet, the Panthers led from the second day on and claimed their first Horizon League Championship since 2000. See the celebration here.

5-4. February 28 and May 2 – Milwaukee wins all four Track & Field league titles
Only three teams has one program won all four men's/women's/indoor/outdoor Horizon League Championships. Those teams:
2001 Milwaukee Panthers
2007 Milwaukee Panthers
2010 Milwaukee Panthers (1, 2, 3, 4).

3. May 30 – Baseball wins Horizon League Championship
A gutsy pitching performance highlighted the Panthers' 4-2 win over No. 1 seed Wright State in the second league title game. Milwaukee fell to the Raiders earlier in the tournament, but knocked off WSU in back-to-back games to claim the championship. After throwing 150 pitches three days earlier, Chad Pierce returned to give up just two runs in six innings. The offense was on board with 14 runs against Wright State in the first championship game and four in the second.

2. November 7 - Women's Soccer 5, Butler 0
How do you exact revenge from a team that ended your league-record 22-game league winning streak and 37-game home league unbeaten streak during the regular season? Beat them 5-0 in the Horizon League Championship game on their home field. The Panthers did that. They won their third-straight league tournament crown with a road rout and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the 8th time.
NOTE: The previous time UWM was not a No. 1 seed in the league tournament was 2008. That year, Milwaukee beat Wright State in the semifinals and routed the top seed on its home field... then it was 6-2 at Loyola. I love it when a plan comes together.

1. October 8 – Women's Soccer 5, Valparaiso 0
There were a number of factors that made this my number one choice:
 First game played on Engelmann Field this season after the first 12 games were played anywhere but Engelmann. All told, the Panthers were on the road for nine of those games. The field turned out great.
 683 people packed into Engelmann Field on a Friday night makes for a great atmosphere regardless of the game.
 The women's team was participating in another successful Pink Out weekend to benefit breast cancer.
• Sarah Hagen entered the game needing one goal to become the Horizon league and Milwaukee's all-time leading goal scorer. She didn't disappoint, getting the first of two goals in the 20th minute (lots of coverage at that link).

I conceded earlier where my biases lie, but it was a good game and an electrifying atmosphere. I thought it was the top moment of the year, but then again I'm partial to soccer, night games and Engelmann Field. Great things happen when those things come together.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Post-Game Wrap-Up: Milwaukee vs. Detroit

Post-Game Wrap-Up: Milwaukee vs. Detroit
Game #13 – Detroit 90, Milwaukee 76

Full game recap and stats here

Player of the Game - Panther Freshmen. Three rookies scored in double-figures, led by the 15 points from both Courtney Lindfors and Angela Rodriguez. Kimee Chandler added 10 points in her first career start. The trio combined for 40 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 blocks and 5 steals.

Turning Point - 16:33 in the first half. It was 7-6 before a 24-7 Detroit run put the game out of reach. The Titans added an 18-2 run for a game-high 26-point lead. Milwaukee fought back within 12 late, but would get no closer.

Stat That Mattered - 10 threes for Detroit. The combo of Dominique Dixon and Cherridy Thornton combined for all 10 threes for Detroit. They hit seven in the first half to stifle the Panthers any time they looked to claw back into the game.

The Notebook - Lindsay Laur’s double-double (20 p, 12 r) is her fourth-straight, the second-longest streak in school history (tying Traci Edwards, 2005-06). Erica Young holds the school record (5 games) … Chandler is the ninth Panther to notch a double-digit game this season … Lindfors’ 15 points are her most since 35 points at Chicago State … the last Panther opponent to score 30 points in a game was Tiffany Webb (31 points), Feb. 27, 2003 … Dixon’s 32 are its most since Chantelle Anderson had 35 Nov. 30, 2001 … the last time an opponent scored 90 points was Nov. 30, 2005, when DePaul had 90.

Up Next - Milwaukee returns to the road to take on Cleveland State Thursday evening in Ohio.

Live Blog: Milwaukee vs. Detroit

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Postgame Extra – Milwaukee at Detroit

Game #15 – Milwaukee 84, Detroit 81 (OT)

Player of the Game - Kaylon Williams did a little bit of everything, even overcoming heavy foul trouble to be on the court when it mattered. Williams scored a UWM-high 17 points to go with seven rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes. He made four 3-pointers, none bigger than the three that tied the game at the end of regulation. And, he played with a confidence and command on the court that helped the Panthers fight through a number of difficult situations over the 45 minutes.

Turning Point There were plenty, but the five-point run that made the difference included Anthony Hill and Tone Boyle. Hill didn’t get a lot done offensively against Eli Holman, but his inside basket with 2:11 remaining in overtime brought Milwaukee within 79-78. Boyle then converted a three on UWM’s next possession and the Panthers never gave the lead back.

Stat That Mattered - You don’t have to look much further than the three-point shooting, as the Titans conceded those shots to the Panthers and they finally cashed in. Overall, Milwaukee made 16-of-37, with Milwaukee making 13-of-24 in the second half and overtime. UWM missed 10 of its first 11 three-point tries.

The Notebook - UWM’s 16 made threes are tied for the third-most in school history … the 37 attempts are tied for the fifth most … this is the first time Milwaukee has had five players in double figures since a loss to Western Kentucky in November of 2009 … the Panthers played an overtime game for the first time since beating Wright State in extra time last January … this was UWM’s third road win of the season … the Panthers have now won 15 of their last 19 meetings with Detroit and have won three-straight in Calihan Hall … the Panthers made just three of their first 23 field goals. It actually was a stretch where Milwaukee missed 19 of 20 shots, as UWM made two of its first three field goal tries before going cold … Tony Meier has now been in double figures on offense in six of his last eight games … this was the third time this season and the seventh time in his career Tone Boyle scored 20 or more points.

Up Next - Milwaukee plays for the third time in five days, returning to the U.S. Cellular Arena for a Monday night contest with defending national runner-up Butler.

Live Men's Basketball Blog - Milwaukee @ Detroit

Join Kevin O'Connor at Calihan Hall for today's New Year's Day contest between Milwaukee and Detroit.