The 3rd Man In

Milwaukee Panthers Women’s Sports Roundup

Despite being off of school for Thanksgiving break, the Milwaukee Panthers women’s basketball team was still in action as they continued their trek through their nonconference schedule, going head-to-head against two challenging high-major programs.

Their road trip began on Wednesday evening when they took the short journey across town to face the Marquette Golden Eagles. This was a thrilling contest that went back and fourth all evening long, but in the end, the Golden Eagles were able to escape victorious, edging the Panthers 85-80.

Ashley Green continued her scorching start to the season, putting up a team-high 26 points to lead four Panther players in double-figures. Jalessa Armstrong added 17 points, while Steph Kostowicz chipped in 12 points. Jenny Linder also finished with 10 points.

Although Milwaukee was able to force 21 turnovers, Marquette’s ability to shoot an outstanding 50 percent kept them in the game the entire evening.

With 15 minutes remaining in the game it looked like the Panthers might have a chance at pulling off the upset, leading 54-50, but the Golden Eagles went on a 10-1 scoring run to grab the lead and push all the momentum in their favor. Marquette never looked back after this, winning this tough rivalry contest.

Milwaukee returned to the court on Sunday afternoon to face the Missouri Tigers in Columbia, Mo. In the first half the Panthers were overwhelmed by the Tiger defense, as they were held to only 23 points on 31 percent shooting while committing an unimpressive 10 turnovers.

Trailing 37-23 at the half, the Panthers turned things around in the final 20 minutes of play, but the deficit was too much for them to overcome, as they fall 66-55.

Green led the way for Milwaukee, scoring 14 points, while Macie Dorow wasn’t too far behind adding 13.

Everyone knew this wouldn’t be an easy two-game stretch for the Panthers, and although they weren’t able to pick up victories in either game, there are some positives to take away.

They displayed great fight and energy despite being down, especially when they trailed by double-digits. Milwaukee also took advantage of mistakes, scoring an average of 20.5 points off of turnovers in the two games.

Milwaukee still has to clean up their own mistakes, while finding consistent scoring options behind Green. But, with over a month until the Horizon League season begins, the Panthers appear to be in great shape to surprise some people in conference play.

The Panthers will look to snap their four-game losing streak this week when they hit the road to face UMKC on Tuesday evening before returning home for a Sunday afternoon battle against Omaha.

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