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Kraker Earns Horizon League Freshman of the Week Honors

Courtesy: Green Bay Athletics
         
Release: February 03, 2014
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By Rachel Buck (@GBRachel)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – For the second time this season, Green Bay women’s basketball forward Mehryn Kraker (West Allis, Wis.) was named the Horizon League Freshman of the Week, as announced by the conference office on Monday.

Green Bay has now taken home freshman of the week accolades five times this season, with Tesha Buck (Red Wing, Minn.) earning the other three. Kraker was named the freshman of the week after the opening weekend of the season on Nov. 11. Cleveland State’s Cori Coleman and Milwaukee’s Avyanna Young were neamed the co-players of the week.

Helping the Phoenix complete a sweep in the state of Michigan last weekend with wins over Oakland and Detroit, Kraker averaged 23.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals in 30.5 minutes of action. She also shot a combined 65.2 percent (15-23) from the field, including going 61.1 percent (11-18) from three.

In a 74-58 triumph at Oakland on Thursday, Kraker led the Phoenix with 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting (71.4%) from the field. She was also 4-of-5 from deep, connecting on her first four attempts before missing her final shot in the closing minutes of the contest.

Kraker followed that performance with a career-high 30 points, nine rebounds and two steals as Green Bay ran past Detroit, 84-72. She became the first Phoenix to have 30 or more points in a game since Julie Wojta achieved the feat during the 2011-12 campaign. Kraker went 10-for-16 (62.5%) from the field and 7-for-13 (53.8%) from deep, putting seven three’s made on the scoresheet for the first time since Adrian Ritchie did it a season ago against Valparaiso in the Horizon League Tournament. The seven three’s made also ranks second all-time in the Green Bay record books for single game completions.

This season Kraker is averaging 8.2 points and 3.3 rebounds per game while shooting a team-best 38.0 percent (27-71) from deep. Her three shooting percentage currently ranks eighth in the Horizon League.

Green Bay concludes its string of three games in five days tonight, welcoming Valparaiso to the Kress Center at 7 p.m. Fans attending the game are encouraged to bring a new teddy bear to donate as part of the Green Bay Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) teddy bear drive. All stuffed animals collected will be donated to area hospitals.

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