The Lady Panthers kicked off the season with an impressive 70-48 win against UMKC on Monday at the Klotsche Center. The 22-point win is the second-largest margin of victory to open the season in UWM’s NCAA Division I history.
Sophomore Jenny Lindner played a huge role in the win, tying her career-high with 25 points on 10-for-12 shooting. She also led the way in rebounds with ten, giving her the fourth double-double of her career. Her 83.3 percent field goal percentage is the third-highest mark in team history.
“She played outstanding,” Milwaukee head coach Kyle Rechlicz said. “She embodies what we want, somebody who plays with that grit. Someone who takes her time and is patient on the offensive end to get the right shots. I was really proud of her and it’s not even that, she brought it from the rebounding standpoint too.”
The Lady Panthers forced 22 turnovers on the night and held the Roos to a 34 percent shooting from the field. UWM used the turnovers to push the ball up the floor, scoring 12 points on the fastbreak.
“That is our game,” Rechlicz said. “We want our defense to feed our offense. We want to really push the ball and get a lot of points in transition.”
Sophomore Steph Kostowicz added ten points to go along with three rebounds, three steals and a block. Junior Sierra Ford-Washington scored nine points with three steals. Junior Alexis Lindstrom and Freshman Emma Dau both helped with eight points.
As a team, UWM shot 48.1 percent from the field and 87.5 percent from the free throw line.
Kristen Moore led UMKC with 14 points in 23 minutes.
Milwaukee’s next three games are in Florida over Thanksgiving break. They take on the Florida Atlantic Owls next Tuesday.