UWM loses in second round of WNIT

UWM’s women’s basketball team suffered a 61-44 season-ending loss to Saint Louis in the second round of the postseason WNIT on Saturday at the UW Health Sports Factory in Rockford, Illinois. The Panthers, the Horizon League’s regular-season champions, finished with a 20-8 record.

UWM walloped Drake, 84-46, in the first-round of the WNIT Friday night in Rockford, getting 19 points and nine rebounds from Brandi Bisping as well as 14 points and 12 rebounds from Megan Walstad. The Panthers shot 12-of-20 from 3-point range and 44.3% overall in the victory.

But UWM’s offense took a big step backward against St. Louis. The 44 points was a season-low total. The Panthers shot 4-of-20 from 3-point range and 36% overall, and they attempted only five free throws. Sydney Staver and McKaela Schmelzer led UWM with nine points apiece.

“It doesn’t take away from what we did this year,” head coach Kyle Rechlicz said of the loss. “To have a 20-win season in a year where we didn’t even know if we were going to play games was incredible. I loved our heart and our fight. We didn’t quit one time even in this game.”

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