This Saturday afternoon at the Klotsche Center on the UWM campus the Women’s basketball team will be playing in their program’s biggest game in a decade. It will also be the biggest one for Head Coach Kyle Rechlicz, now in her fourth year at the helm.
With a win this Saturday (2/27) over Wright State the Panthers will give themselves an edge on the Raiders for 2nd place in the Horizon League, if after all is said and done and the Panthers are still in second place after their game in Detroit on March 5th it would give them a double bye in the end of the season conference tournament. Instead of playing 4 games to win the end of the season tournament in Green Bay, they would need to only win 2. Panther fans don’t get ready to pop the champagne bottles just yet, Detroit is also in the mix , only one game back in the loss column, so things could get “hairy” considering they play the Panthers in their season finale.
So, let’s just take one game at a time.
Long story short, and a lot less math, the Panther Women control their own destiny…if (when) they win their final 3 games against Wright State, Oakland and Detroit, they will indeed finish second in the Horizon League.
In a previous post I mentioned that coming in second is an automatic bid to the WNIT, which would be huge for the program, the last winning season, and post season appearance for the Panther Women was 10 years ago (2005-06).
Saturday is also Senior Day which means the team and fans will be in attendance to say “good bye” and “thank you” to guard Sydney Howard.
Even though the Panthers defeated Wright State last month 82-60 it will be no walk in the park Saturday afternoon … although, defeating Northern Kentucky Thursday night 78-71 definitely helps in the confidence level category. Tip time Saturday 2pm CST.
If you haven’t seen a women’s basketball game in person, and you have about 2 hours to burn this Saturday make your way down to 3409 N. Downer Ave and check out what one of the more exciting games you will see this year. If you can’t make it, the game will be broadcast on The Big 920-AM, catch all the action from the voice of the Panthers, Scott Warras. Pre-game starts at 1:45pm
(photos courtesy of: jsonline, mkepanthers, anoymouseagle,sportswisconsin)