Saturday, February 25, 2012

Postgame Report: Milwaukee vs. Valparaiso

Game #27 – Milwaukee 50, Valparaiso 31

Full Recap and Stats

Player Of The Game: One of the best team efforts of the season, so let's reward the whole squad. Sami Tucker had a team-high 13, Angela Rodriguez had 11. Kiki Wilson broke the school freshmen record for assists. Alex Klawitter netted a pair of 3's on her "Senior Day".

She joined Scott Warras on the radio following the contest, hear that interview HERE.

Play of the Game: Looked like anyone's ballgame early, and Valpo actually led, 8-5.
Milwaukee took control with an 18-2 run and never looked back. That was the ballgame.

Key Stats: The Panthers allowed a program-best 31 points. That list previously:
34 Wright State 3/8/01
39 Youngstown State 3/6/10
39 Butler 1/23/02

They also allowed 22.0% FG shooting, the second-best ever. That list:
.194 (13-67) Youngstown St. 3/6/10
.224 (13-58) NE Illinois 2/13/93
.226 (14-62) Youngstown St. 1/18/07

News and Notes: Wilson entered play tied with Teri Stoltenberg (1997-98) for the most assists as a freshman in school history with 104. She added four on the day, with the record-breaker coming on a Rodriguez jumper at the 10:47 mark of the first.

Up Next: UWM closes out the regular season with two games in Chicago. First up is UIC Thursday, set for a 7 p.m. tip.

Weekend Postgame Report - Milwaukee @ UIC/Loyola

Game #30 – Milwaukee 72, UIC 61

Game #31 – Milwaukee 78, Loyola 69

UIC Recap and Stats
Loyola Recap and Stats

Player Of The Weekend: Tony Meier has picked a great time to get hot. The senior averaged 21.5 points per game in two wins this weekend, making 70 percent of his shots overall and 11-of-16 from three-point range. He also went past 1,000 career points in Saturday’s victory over Loyola, a game in which he scored 26 points.

Key Stat: Milwaukee has shown signs of being a stellar three-point shooting team throughout the season but the Panthers have put it together lately. UWM made 25-of-45 from beyond the arc in its two wins this weekend, making 14 in the win at UIC and 11 more in knocking off Loyola.

News and Notes:
The Panthers have won four in a row, their first four-game winning streak since early December … UWM is 13-8 in its last 21 regular season Horizon League road games … Milwaukee has won 20 of its last 27 regular season league games overall … UWM has won four-straight at both UIC and Loyola … Tony Meier is now at 1,011 career points. He also had 465 career rebounds and has made 182 three-pointers … Kaylon Williams set a new single-season Division I school assist record Saturday and now has 196 this year … UWM is now 13-2 this season when Williams has seven or more assists … Paris Gulley scored 19 points Saturday and UWM is now 14-4 when he makes a three-pointer and 9-2 when he reaches double figures … Milwaukee has made 70 three-pointers in its last seven games … Saturday was the 10th time the Panthers have reached double figures in the category

Up Next: UWM heads into league tournament play by welcoming UIC to the Klotsche Center for a first round game Tuesday night.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Postgame Report: Milwaukee vs. Butler

Game #26 – Milwaukee 54, Butler 52

Full Recap and Stats

Player Of The Game: This one was an easy choice. When a junior sets a career-high with 14 rebounds and ties her career-high with 23 points, the only selection for "player of the game" is Sami Tucker. Her performance was impressive on many levels, making 9-of-17 from the floor and 4-of-5 from the FT line.

She joined Scott Warras on the radio following the contest, hear that interview HERE.

Play of the Game: Two UWM runs decided the game. Tied at 41, Tucker's three-point play broke the eighth deadlock of the night and gave UWM the lead for good at 44-41. That started a 10-1 run that eventually gave Milwaukee a 51-42 lead - its largest of the night.

In the first, Butler led 18-9, but UWM closed the rest of the half on a 18-7 run that gave it a 27-25 lead at the break.

Key Stats: The Panthers held Butler to 31.7% (19-60) from the floor and just 4-19 from 3-point range (21.1%), including a 1-10 showing in the first half. They also out-rebounded the Bulldogs, 44-39.

News and Notes: Tucker grabbed 14 rebounds on the night, with her second of the game - coming at the 8:55 mark of the first half - giving her 500 in her career, just the 22nd player to reach that plateau.

Freshman Kiki Wilson also closed in on a record, with her 3 assists giving her 104 to pull even with school freshman mark of 104.

Delays: The game hit a pair of delays ... one where the lights went out briefly during a timeout with 11:45 to go in the first half and another in the second when junior Sammy Theut and BU's Jenna Cobb collided head-to-head. Theut took the brunt of it, with blood visible on her face while she was attended to by medical staff. She walked off under her own power, but we will update her condition when we have the chance.

Up Next: UWM closes out the home slate of regular season games with a 2 p.m. tip-off against Valparaiso Saturday. Come on out for "Senior Day" and cheer on UWM's lone senior - Alex Klawitter - in pregame festivities.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Cleveland State/Fairfield Postgame Report

Game #28 – Milwaukee 86, Cleveland State 84
Game #29 – Milwaukee 67, Fairfield 63

Cleveland State Recap and Stats
Fairfield Recap and Stats

Player Of The Weekend: A number of Panthers had a good week but Tony Meier really came through when it counted. His free throws with less than two seconds remaining won Tuesday’s game against Cleveland State and then he hit the clinching free throw in the win over Fairfield. He averaged 16.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in the two wins, making 60 percent of his shots from the field.

Key Stat: Milwaukee fell back to 59 percent in its win over Fairfield, but the 33-of-40 UWM hit from the foul line against Cleveland State was incredibly important.

News and Notes: UWM played without James Haarsma, Ryan Haggerty and Christian Wolf Saturday, with all three players at home with the flu … that meant Kyle Kelm returned to the starting lineup … Kaylon Williams also did not start because of the flu, giving Shaquille Boga his first career start … the Panthers are now 2-8 in BracketBusters contests … Tony Meier has now been in double figures in four-straight games ... Paris Gulley had 17 points Tuesday and 18 more Saturday. The Panthers are 12-4 in games Gulley makes a three-pointer and 8-2 when he reaches double figures ... the Panthers are now 7-4 this season and 37-22 under Rob Jeter in games decided by five points or less … Haarsma hit five 3-pointers in the game against Cleveland State, a collegiate-high ... the Panthers hit 13 as a team, the eighth time this season they reached double figures in the category ... UWM has scored better than 80 points in three of its last five wins ... the Panthers have now made 84-of-116 from the line in the last five games.

Up Next: UWM wraps up the regular season with a pair of road games, playing at UIC Thursday night and at Loyola Saturday afternoon.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Postgame Report: Milwaukee at Youngstown State

Game #24 – Milwaukee 76, Youngstown State 71

Full Recap and Stats

Player Of The Game: The Panthers had four players in double-figures and put together a great second-half comeback, outscoring YSU 42-26 after halftime. Courtney Lindfors made a triumphant return to the court after missing two games, tying for the team-lead with 18 points. Sami Tucker also had 18, including a key three-pointer with 34 seconds left. Ashley Green also played a key role, scoring 14 of her 17 points after halftime. But it was Kiki Wilson who played the most crucial role, scoring 11 points (on 5-8 FG shooting) while adding a double-double with 10 assists - including one on that deciding Tucker three at the end of the game.

She joined Scott Warras on the radio following the contest, hear that interview HERE.

Play of the Game: A couple of crucial scenarios played key roles, starting with a 10-0 spurt by UWM that turned a 50-40 deficit into a tie game at 50-50. Next, a pair of freshmen helped complete the comeback, with Wilson setting up Ashley Green on back-to-back baskets that gave UWM its first lead (since 7-5), first at 63-62 before being extended to 65-62. Then, Wilson finished it off by setting up Tucker for that late three to put the game away with just 34 seconds left.

On a side note, my personal "Play of the Game" also involved Wilson, as she was inbounding a ball on the baseline under her own basket and threw it off Brandi Brown's back and made a layup before anyone knew what was happening. It was the second time she has pulled that off in her past three games. Check the game highlights - it's on there right around the 1:38 mark of the video.

Key Stats: The Panthers shot an impressive 56 percent from the floor, coming very close to the season-best 56.3 percent they shot in the first YSU game earlier this season. The team also had 20 assists on 28 made baskets, including those 10 from Wilson and a season-high 7 from Angela Rodriguez.

News and Notes: Tucker grabbed 3 more rebounds tonight to get to 492 in her career. She will look for #500 Saturday. With those 10 assists, Wilson looks to break the school freshman mark of 104 assists next as she now has 96.

Up Next: UWM closes out the weekend road trip with a stop at Cleveland State Saturday. Tip off is set for 12:30 p.m. CST.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Weekend Postgame Report - Milwaukee @ Detroit/Wright State

Game #26 – Detroit 58, Milwaukee 57

Game #27 – Wright State 70, Milwaukee 46

Detroit Recap and Stats

Wright State Recap and Stats

Player Of The Weekend: Tony Meier seemed to find his shooting touch a bit over the two games. He scored 17 points and made three 3-pointers against Detroit Friday and then added 10 more points Sunday. He has made five of his last nine from three-point range.

Key Stat: UWM’s offense never really sorted things out over the weekend. Friday it was the 25 turnovers that stunted the Panther attack. Then Sunday UWM shot just 31.8 percent from the floor.

News and Notes: UWM has now been swept on its last two Horizon League weekend road trips after avoiding a sweep on all four such trips last season … the Panthers are 5-9 on the road this season … Milwaukee had won three-straight in Detroit … UWM has not won at Wright State since the 2004-05 season … Milwaukee’s 25 turnovers against Detroit marked a season high … Wright State shot above 50 percent for the first time this season in Sunday’s win over Milwaukee … Shaquille Boga’s 10 points Sunday marked a collegiate-high.

Up Next: UWM plays a pair of home games this weekend. The Panthers face Cleveland State Tuesday night and then host Fairfield Saturday afternoon.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Postgame Report - Milwaukee at Green Bay

Game #25 – Milwaukee 81, Green Bay 75

Full Recap and Stats

Player Of The Game: Paris Gulley has had some very good games for the Panthers and he picked a very good time to have another one. Saturday he made six of his seven three-point attempts and wound up scoring 20 points in leading the Panthers to a key road win.

Key Stat: Yes, Milwaukee made 12-of-23 from beyond the arc and that was clearly a key. But, perhaps more importantly in a close game, UWM converted on 15-of-18 from the foul line – a marked improvement from the 58 percent clip the Panthers entered the game at.

News and Notes: Gulley’s 20 points marked his second-highest output of the season. He had 26 against Detroit three weeks ago … he also hit six 3-pointers in that game … UWM is now 10-3 in games in which Gulley hits a three-pointer and 6-2 when he reaches double figures … Kaylon Williams had eight assists in the win and Milwaukee is now 10-2 when he has at least seven assists … UWM’s 12 three-pointers are tied for the third-most in a game this season by Milwaukee. The Panthers had 15 against Nebraska-Omaha, 14 against Detroit and 12 at Arkansas-Little Rock … this was the sixth-straight game where the Panthers reached double figures in offensive rebounds … Milwaukee had six players score at least eight points … the Panthers have won 11 of their last 17 regular season Horizon League road games … UWM won in Green Bay for the first time since the 2007-08 season.

Up Next: UWM heads to the road again next weekend, playing at Detroit Friday and Wright State Sunday.