UWM women bow out of Horizon League Tournament in semifinals

UWM’s women’s basketball team exited the Horizon League Tournament with a 66-59 semifinal loss to UW-Green Bay Monday afternoon at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena.

Steph Kostowicz led the Panthers with 16 points, while Jenny Lindner added 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Alexis Lindstrom scored 10 points. UWM, with a record of 20-11, will wait to see if it receives an at-large bid to a postseason tournament.

“I think when you have a 20-win season that there is definitely hope for the postseason, whether that’s the WNIT or the WBI,” said UWM coach Kyle Rechlicz, whose team played in last season’s WNIT, the program’s first postseason tourney bid in a decade. “I’m really trying to channel all of my energy into the fact that hopefully, some committee sees us as a valuable program with 20 wins.”

UWM trailed 37-31 at halftime, but stayed within striking distance of Green Bay throughout the second half and rallied to within 61-59 on a Kostowicz layup with 2:03 left in the game.

The Panthers wouldn’t score again, however, beset by two turnovers and three missed shots in the game’s final two minutes. Green Bay put the game away by making five of its six free throws down the stretch.

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