Green Bay Closes Homestand Against Wright State

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Release: January 11, 2013
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By Justin Grones (@JustinGrones)
GreenBayPhoenix.com

GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Now winners of six straight games, the Green Bay women's basketball team (11-2, 1-0 HL) will wrap up a three-game homestand as Wright State (7-7, 1-0 HL) comes to town. Originally scheduled for a 2 p.m. tip, the game will be played at noon as part of the Back-to-Back-to-Pack promotion. The Phoenix will look to win its 22nd-straight matchup against the Raiders, and continue its streak of outstanding play from its nationally third-best defense.

Green Bay is coming off one of the most dominant defensive outings in program history, a 62-31 win against Detroit on Jan. 8. Green Bay held Detroit to just 26.8 percent from the field, marking the fifth time an opponent have failed to shoot better than 30 percent this season. The Titans' 31 points was the second-lowest total an opponent has scored against the Phoenix in nearly 30 years, and the win also marked the ninth time in 13 games this season an opponent has failed to reach 50 points.

In the win, senior Adrian Ritchie (De Pere, Wis.) scored a game-high 19 points and recorded a career-high seven steals, while the Phoenix held the nation's second-leading scorer Shareeta Brown to just eight points on 2-of-4 shooting.

Wright State finishes up its Wisconsin road trip at Green Bay after defeating Milwaukee 71-61 on Thursday. In the win, Horizon League Preseason Player of the Year Kim Demmings scored 35 points on 13-20 shooting with a 5-of-10 mark from behind the arc.

WINNING STREAK NOTES: Green Bay has won six games dating back to a 55-46 win at Marquette on Dec. 8. During the streak, the Phoenix has held opponents to just 39.3 points per game while winning by an average margin of 21.7 points. The Phoenix has connected on 46.4 percent of its shots during the last six games and has outscored opponents by a mark of 206-64 in the paint.

INSIDE THE SERIES: Green Bay is 48-3 all-time against Wright State, including a 19-2 record under Kevin Borseth. The Phoenix has not lost to Wright State since a road setback on Jan. 5, 2004.

Notable Matchups

Dec. 30, 1980

Green Bay travels to Dayton, Ohio for the first matchup against Wright State in program history. The Phoenix comes away with a 74-56 win.

Jan. 19, 1991

With a 1-1 record all-time against Wright State, Green Bay plays the Raiders for the first time in nearly 10 years and wins 83-50. The win sparks a 25-game winning streak for Green Bay against the Raiders.

March 4, 1999

Green Bay and Wright State Square off in the only neutral-site game between the two schools in history as part of the 1998-99 MCC Tournament in Cleveland. Under first-year head coach Kevin Borseth, the Phoenix wins 64-52 in the quarterfinal round. Green Bay would eventually win the MCC Tournament Championship.

March 3, 2003

In the final Horizon League matchup of the 2002-03 regular season, Green Bay's offense comes alive in a 96-68 thrashing of the Raiders. The 96 points scored by the Phoenix tie for the 10th-most points scored in a single game by Green Bay.

February 11, 2012

Rebounding from a loss to Detroit just two days prior that snapped a program-best 40-game winning streak, Green Bay defeats Wright State 64-59. Senior Julie Wojta scored nearly half of the Phoenix's points with a career-high 30 points and a Kress Center-record 20 rebounds.

 

DOMINATING DEFENSE: Green Bay's defense ranks third nationally in NCAA Division I statistic rankings released on Jan. 11, allowing just 47.2 points per game. Ritchie leads the Horizon league with 3.2 steals per game, which is good for the 25th-best average in Division I. The Phoenix has not allowed an opponent to score more than 46 points since a 54-50 loss at Central Michigan on Dec. 5.

FOLLOW IT LIVE: Saturday's game will be broadcast live on The Fan 1400 AM with Bruce VandenPlas on the call. Live stats and live video will also be available for the game against Detroit. Be sure to follow @GBPhoenixWBB and @JustinGrones on Twitter for updates throughout the game.

NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE: Green Bay will play its first Horizon League road games of the 2012-13 season next week, as the team travels to play Cleveland State on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. The Phoenix will remain in Ohio for a contest at Youngstown State on Saturday, with the tip set for 6:05 p.m.

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