Milwaukee Uses Long Range Shooting to Get Past WMU, 88-79
"Its hard to shoot that good in your own gym unguarded, let alone with defense on you," said WMU head coach Shane Clipfell. "We could have done a better job trying to disrupt that, especially in the first half, when we kind of let them get into a rhythm.
"We told the team coming in, we knew they would be tough, we just didn't expect them to shoot 72 percent (from three-point range) like they did."
Senior Aurielle Anderson led Western Michigan with 26 points, three shy of her career high. Freshman Miracle Woods and sophomore Michelle O'Brien both put forth a double-double effort. Woods had 13 points and 12 rebounds, while O'Brien recorded 10 points and 10 boards. Sophomore Julia Henson also ended in double figures, shooting 5-for-8 from behind the arc for 15 points.
Western Michigan (1-1) shot just 23.1 percent from the floor over the first eight minutes, allowing the Panthers to open a 18-9 advantage and UWM pushed its lead to 12 by the 3:38 mark of the first half. Woods scored five points and Henson hit back-to-back three's to fuel an 11-3 run over the next two minutes and thirty seconds to inch WMU within four with 1:08 remaining in the half. Milwaukee took a seven-point lead into the locker room, 41-34.
Western Michigan warmed up to 40 percent shooting by the end of the first half, but was guilty of 17 turnovers. The Broncos did a better job hanging onto the ball in the second half, turning the ball over just five times.
Anderson was aggressive attacking the hoop in the second half, helping WMU pull within two with 3:05 left, after trailing by 10 in the second period. UWM responded with back-to-back three's to put the game away. Anderson scored 18 of her game-high 26 in the second half.
Milwaukee (2-1) placed five players in double figures, paced by Ashley Green's 20 points. Sami Tucker chipped in 18 points, followed by 15 points from Emily Decorah. Sammy Theut had 11 points and Anglea Rodriguez finished with 10.
WMU finished the game shooting 41.7 percent from the floor, and 44.4 percent (8-for-18) from three-point land. UWM shot 45.3 percent from the field. The Panthers turned the ball over 22 times.
Western Michigan hosts Albany (1-1) this Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. at University Arena.
GAME NOTES: Freshman Alex Morton played first career minutes, entering game in first half ... game was first of nine non-conference road games for Western Michigan ... UWM evened the overall series, 2-2.