UWM women's basketball 2021-22 season at a glance

Todd Rosiak
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
UW-Milwaukee coach Kyle Rechlicz watches the action during a game against Robert Morris on Dec. 21, 2020, at the Klotsche Center in Milwaukee.

Panthers at a glance

Coach: Kyle Rechlicz (10th season, 139-138)

2020-21 record: 20-8 overall, 15-5 Horizon League (tied for regular-season championship)

2020-21 postseason: Lost to Saint Louis, 61-44, in second round of WNIT.

Three players to watch

Megan Walstad (6-2, Soph. F): First team all-Horizon League pick in the preseason whose post presence on both ends of the court will again be one of the Panthers’ biggest strengths.

Sydney Staver (5-11, Grad. G): Knocked down a team-best 36 three-pointers at a 40% clip last season, but will need to improve upon her overall shooting percentage of 36.5% in an expanded role.

McKaela Schmelzer (5-7, Grad. G): Do-everything point guard who led UWM with 3.4 assists and steals with 1.4 per game last year. There’s room for her to increase her scoring this season.

Reason to believe

This season's version of the Panthers features a unique blend of experience, talent and balance. They've been through the battles and succeeded. Now, if Walstad can remain healthy and take her game to the next level, bigger things could await.

Reason to doubt

Rechlicz pretty much knows what she's going to get out of her corps of experienced players. But if those who played in limited roles last season don't step up to fill the gaps, the team might not reach its potential. Perimeter shooting is also a question mark.