Sunday, December 22, 2013

Postgame Report: Milwaukee vs. Illinois State

Game #10 – Milwaukee 73, Illinois State 58

Full Recap and Stats

Player Of The Game: Sophomore Avyanna Young put on a show, scoring 18 points and tying her career-high with 16 rebounds. She seemed to be everywhere on the court and continues to improve each game in her sophomore season.

Young joined Scott Warras on the radio following the contest as his "Star of the Game", hear that interview HERE.

Play of the Game: Illinois State kept sticking around and, even after Milwaukee had built the lead to double-digits on numerous occasions, was still hanging around when UWM converted just 55 percent of its free throws down the stretch. The Redbirds trimmed the deficit to 7 at at 60-53, but Decorah buried her fifth three-pointer of the day that started a final 10-2 run to ice it.

Key Stats: The Panthers held Illinois State to just 30.6 percent shooting and 2 of 21 on three's. The great defense kept the point total to a season-low 58 for opponents and UWM won the rebounding battle for the first time in 6 games at 45-43. All keys to a big win.

News and Notes: The Panthers made 9 more three-pointers on the day, led by a season-high 5 in the game by Decorah. Angela Rodriguez continues her strong season in the assist column. She started the day leading the Horizon League at 6.0 per game and had 7 more today.

Up Next: It's off Drake for the final game of the 2013 portion of the schedule next week Sunday.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

What A Difference A Year Makes

Milwaukee’s quick turnaround from 2012-13 until now has been highlighted by a number of tremendous individual improvements:

- Senior Kyle Kelm has upped his scoring average from 5.1 points per game a season ago to 13.2 points per contest this year. He is also shooting 61.5 percent from the floor this year after making only 41.0 percent of his shots in ‘12-’13.

- Sophomore Austin Arians is averaging 12.3 points per contest this year after averaging 6.6 points per game a season ago. He has also improved his game dramatically inside the arc. He made just 23 two-point shots all of last season but has already made 28 this year. Taken one step further, 74.7 percent of Arians’ shots came from three-point range a year ago, while this season 59.8 percent of his shots have come from beyond the arc.

- Senior Jordan Aaron was forced to take more than 23 percent of Milwaukee shots a season ago, but this year is taking less than 19 percent of its shots.

- Milwaukee’s two best newcomers - Steve McWhorter and Matt Tiby - have combined for 22.4 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. For comparison sake, UWM’s five-person senior class a year ago averaged 29.5 points and 14.5 rebounds per contest over 32 games.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Hagen Shows Off Her Talents

After continuing to produce at a tremendous level for her German club team Bayern Munich, former Milwaukee Panther women's soccer standout Sarah Hagen earned a call up to train with the U.S. Women's National Team.

While Hagen has demonstrated her talents on the field time and again, the former All-American had a little fun with her fellow national team trainees, showing off how much of the German language she's picked up in her time overseas.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Episode #2 of "The Kyle Rechlicz Show" on TWC SportsChannel

The second edition of the "Kyle Rechlicz Show" is finished and will be airing this week on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.

Time Warner Cable SportsChannel will also be airing the Panthers contest against Marquette Sunday afternoon and the first airing of Kyle's show takes place right before the broadcast.

Here is the full schedule:
Sunday - 15th @ 12:30 p.m. (followed by LIVE game telecast)
Monday - 16th @ 12:00 noon (followed by replay game telecast)
Tuesday - 17th @ 12:00 midnight (followed by replay game telecast)
Tuesday - 17th @ 11:00 a.m. (followed by replay game telecast)

And here is the full replay schedule for the game against the Golden Eagles:
Monday - 16th @ 2:30 a.m.
Monday - 16th @ 12:30 p.m.
Monday - 16th @ 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday - 17th @ 12:30 a.m.
Tuesday - 17th @ 11:30 a.m.

**Reminder all coach shows and game telecasts are available anytime via TWC OnDemand Channel 411

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Postgame Report: Milwaukee at Indiana

Game #9 – Milwaukee 68, Indiana 87

Full Recap and Stats

Player Of The Game: It could go to either of the leading scorers for the Panthers, as both Emily Decorah and Avyanna Young had 15. But I will roll with Decorah, since it was her best game of the season to date after coming offf the injury. She played a season-high 27 minutes off the bench and looked her usual self from long-distance, canning 4-of-8 of her 3-point attempts.

Play of the Game: In a game like this, one key Hoosier scoring run essentially set the tone. When Milwaukee had cut the lead to 3 at 27-24, IU took a timeout and it made a huge difference. Coming back out of the TO, they went on a 17-4 run that essentially decided the outcome.

Key Stats: The Panthers shot a respectable 43.3 percent, but could not stop the Hoosiers, who connected on half of their shots (33-66) on the night. Freshman Larryn Brooks plays above her age level and went crazy from distance, burying 7 of her 9 attempts from 3-point range on her way to a game-high 27 points.

News and Notes: Young grabbed a team-high 6 rebounds to once again lead the squad. The potent UWM 3-point attack seems to be back in full swing, especially with a healthy Decorah on the court. After making 10-or-more 3's in a game just once in its first four games of the year, the Panthers have made 10, 11, 10, 9 and 10 3's the past five contests.

Up Next: It's back to Wisconsin Sunday and a return to the Klotsche Center for a crosstown showdown with Marquette. The televised contest gets underway at 1 p.m.