The Milwaukee women’s basketball team won their second game of the season Sunday as they beat Loyola University in Chicago 73-46. The Panthers are now 2-1.
The Panthers’ defense really shined, especially in the second quarter as they forced four turnovers on Loyola’s first four possessions and eight total in that quarter. All together, they produced 25 turnovers for the game. They also out-rebounded Loyola 38-22.
Along with the defense, scoring was a huge highlight as the Panthers had a 20-point lead by halftime and stretched that to 27 by the time the game ended. They shot 47.5 percent from the floor.
Scoring was led by Steph Kostowicz who put up 17 points along with five rebounds and two assists. Sierra Ford-Washington also joined in the scoring with 14 points, paired with 6 rebounds and three assists. Jordyn Swan scored an impressive 13 points in only 13 minutes with her performance off the bench.
This game was the largest margin of victory in head coach Kyle Rechlicz’s four-plus years as head coach. She had a lot of good things to say about his team.
“I thought we came out really focused today and our energy to start the game was excellent,” Rechlicz said. “We pride our upperclassmen and our leaders on, whether you’re on the court or off the court, to be really energized, and I thought we brought that from tipoff. We really made a run and made a push, but a lot of that was due to our bench and how much they were talking and really guiding our team out on the court.”
The Panthers will look to continue their success when they play in-state rivals UW-Madison at the Klotsche Center tomorrow night at 7 pm.