No. 23/21 Green Bay Beats Eastern Michigan 68-44
YPSILANTI, Mich. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Three players scored in double figures including Kayla Tetschlag (Sheboygan, Wis.) who posted her second double-double of the season as the No. 23/21 Green Bay (8-0) women's basketball team beat Eastern Michigan (5-4) 68-44 Monday night.
"They're a team that won 20 games last season so we had a lot of respect for them coming into this game," said head coach Matt Bollant. "I was very happy with how we started, we were very sound defensively."
The Phoenix jumped out to a fast start with a 29-3 run as Julie Wojta (Mishicot, Wis.) led the charge scoring 12 of her game-high 20 points in the first half. Green Bay held the Eagles scoreless for over nine minutes throughout the opening period building a 40-14 halftime lead.
Ranked first in the nation in turnover margin, the Phoenix forced Eastern Michigan to turn the ball over 10 times in the first half while capitalizing with 12 points.
"We did a great job of transitioning and forcing turnovers in addition to our ability to switch screens has made it tougher on opponents," said Bollant.
Tetschlag chipped in nine of her 11 points while leading all players with 10 boards in first half action as Green Bay shot 47 percent from the field and 25 percent from the free-throw line.
With 13:31 to play in the second half, Eastern Michigan went on a 9-2 run hitting three consecutive three pointers while cutting Green Bay's lead to 20 (49-29). "I was disappointed in the second half that we lost our edge and let them convert on transition," Bollant said.
The Eagles came as close as 16 with under five minutes remaining before the Phoenix sealed the win on a 10-0 run. Nine players scored for the Phoenix as Adrian Ritchie (De Pere, Wis.) chipped in 13 while grabbing a career-high five steals. Celeste Hoewisch (Hortonville, Wis.) scored seven while going 5-5 from the charity stripe.
Tetschlag tied a game-high 11 rebounds while Wojta had nine. "Kayla and Julie were the difference makers for us, especially in the first half," said Bollant. "They crashed the boards hard and gave us a big lift."
Green Bay shot 40 percent from the field and 81 percent from the free-throw line while holding the Eagles to 25 percent shooting from the field and 17 percent from beyond the arc.The Phoenix returns home as it hosts Southeast Missouri (3-5) Friday at 7 p.m. at the Kress Events Center. Green Bay will hit the road to Milwaukee on Sunday as it faces Marquette (7-1) at 2 p.m. at the Al McGuire Center.