Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Postgame Report: San Juan Shootout

Game #4 – Milwaukee 57, Georgia Tech 66

Full Recap and Stats

Game #5 – Milwaukee 68, Eastern Kentucky 64

Full Recap and Stats

Quick Take: The overall field was tough – Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Virginia, Florida State, etc. – and the two teams that UWM played were a combined 5-2 coming into the San Juan Shootout. At the end of a fun and sunny week, UWM did more than hold its own – the Panthers played a Georgia Tech team that was ranked in the preseason pretty well and then closed impressively in earning the win over Eastern Kentucky.

Player Of The Game vs. Georgia Tech: It’s impressive to lead the team in scoring AND rebounding for three straight games, but that was what Ashley Green did against Georgia Tech. She led the way with 17 points (7-13 on FG’s) and tied for the lead with 5 rebounds.

Player Of The Game vs. Eastern Kentucky: Angela Rodriguez showed up big in the second half of the win, scoring 14 of her game-high 19 points in the second half. After trailing for most of the second, her 3-pointer with about 6 minutes to play finally put her team back ahead. Then, she was fouled twice with the game on the line and swished all four of her free throw attempts in the final 20 seconds of regulation.

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

Play of the Game: One of my favorites and Angela timed it perfectly. Taking the ball out under the basket and with a defender turning her back, Angela threw the inbounds pass of her back, stepped into play, grabbed the carom and made the layup. The next time I see that I think we will try and give the basket AND the assist to her!

Key Stats:It was interesting that free throws – which had been an issue all weekend – were what decided the game against EKU. The Panthers were 13-29 (44.8 percent) through the majority of two games in San Juan but then managed to sink 9 of their last 10 against EKU – including the final six in the last 23 seconds to close it out.

News and Notes: Senior Sammy Theut got her first two starts of the season … UWM used a 19-6 run to erase an early 10-point hole against Eastern Kentucky … Kimee Chandler hit two big shots in the win – one 3 that capped the 19-6 spurt and then a driving layup that re-tied the game after the Colonels had taken a two-point advantage with about a minute left … Milwaukee buried 7 3’s in the first half against EKU … And lastly, I managed a nice sunburn the first day.

Up Next:The team spent Monday traveling and gets back to “normal” life Tuesday, only to hit the road Wednesday for games at Illinois State Thursday and Michigan State Saturday.