By: Jill Wunrow
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The No. 9/9 Green Bay (20-0, 10-0 HL) women's basketball team will host third place Detroit (12-11, 8-3 HL) Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Kress Events Center as part of its three game homestand which features the top three teams in the Horizon League in Detroit, second place Wright State and the Phoenix.
Green Bay enters the contest with 36 consecutive regular-season wins over Horizon League opponents while Detroit comes to the Kress with a three-game winning streak, its longest against conference opponents this season. With a win over the Titans, Green Bay would set a new Kress Center winning streak, including postseason play, with 28 straight wins.
As one of two unbeaten teams in the country (Baylor being the other), Green Bay is currently on a 40-game consecutive regular season winning streak, the longest in the history of the 38-year old program. The Phoenix has beaten its Horizon League foes by an average of 25.1 points per contest with its closest margin of victory (68-59), coming at Detroit, Jan. 14.
ABOUT THE SERIES... Green Bay owns an overall series record of 35-6 against the Titans and 19-1 record at Green Bay. The Titans lone victory in Green Bay was Mar. 8, 1997 in which Detroit handed the Phoenix a 63-55 loss in the Phoenix Sports Center.
LAST MEETING (Jan. 14, 2012)... Four players scored in double figures in Green Bay's 68-59 win with Adrian Ritchie (De Pere, Wis.) leading the way with her first 20-point performance of the season. Green Bay's defense held Detroit scoreless for six-and-a-half minutes before its lead was cut to 12. The Phoenix led by as many as 17 with 10:48 to play in the game before Detroit went on a 12-2 run with 4:53 remaining, cutting Green Bay's lead to seven. Green Bay's nine point margin of victory over Detroit is its smallest against a Horizon League opponent this season.
LEAGUE LEADERS... Green Bay leads the Horizon League in six of the 10 major statistical categories including scoring offense (751 ppg), scoring defense (53.4), field goal percentage (45.8), free throw percentage (78.5), assists per game (17.6), and steals per game (13.0). Senior Julie Wojta (Francis Creek, Wis.) leads the league in scoring with 18.7 points per game and steals with 3.9 picks per contest. Ritchie continues to pace the league shooting 83.3 percent from the free throw line while Wojta is second shooting 82.4 percent.
NATIONAL RANKING SUMMARY... Through games played Feb. 5, as a team, Green Bay ranks in the top 10 in seven statistical categories. As one of two unbeaten teams, the Phoenix is second in the nation in turnover margin (9.9), fifth in free throw percentage (78.5), eighth in scoring margin (21.7), ninth in both field goal percentage (45.8), and assists per game (17.6) and 10th with 13 steals per game.
Individually, Wojta is fourth in the nation averaging 3.9 steals per game while her 18.7 points per game ranks 29th among 300 players and field goal percentage of 52.7 ranks 30th.
WOJTA RECOGNITION; CONTINUES TO CLIMB CAREER LADDER... In Green Bay's last game against Milwaukee, Feb. 4, Wojta moved in to Green Bay's top 10 in career field goals made with 535. Wojta went 7-for-13 from the field against the Panthers, finishing with a game-high 16 points.
The senior captain ranks in the top 10 in five career statistical categories including points (1,368), free throws made (249), steals (238), rebounds (706), and field goals made (535). Wojta is just one of seven Phoenix players in program history to be in the top 10 in both scoring and rebounding and her current career scoring average (12.3) ranks No. 9 on Green Bay's career record list. With her current scoring average of 18.8 points per game, Wojta is on pace to finish her career at least No. 5 on Green Bay's all-time scoring list.
Over the past week, Wojta picked up three awards. Wojta was added to the prestigious Watch Trophy Watch list, one of 33 Division I players on the list. Wojta was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 6 team and earned Player of the Week honors for the fourth time this season.
TRACK THE ACTION LIVE... Fans can watch a live video stream of Thursday's game against Detroit here. The game will also be broadcast live on Time Warner Sports 32 with play-by-play announcer Chris Roth and color analyst and former Phoenix player Mary Simonsen. To track live stats of the game, click here.
Single-game tickets for both men's and women's basketball programs are currently on sale with the Green Bay ticket office. For more information, click here.
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