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Women's Basketball Concludes Three Games in Five Days at Home Monday

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Release: February 02, 2014
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By Rachel Buck (@GBRachel)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) — The Green Bay women’s basketball team concludes a streak of three games in five days as it welcomes Valparaiso to the Kress Events Center for a 7 p.m. tip.

Fans attending Monday’s game are encouraged to bring a new teddy bear to donate as a part of the Green Bay Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) teddy bear drive. All stuffed animals collected will be donated to area hospitals.

Monday’s game will be broadcast locally on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel 32/1332HD with Chris Roth and Andrew Gavin on the call. It will also be broadcast live on the Horizon League Network.

Fans can listen live to the game on Green Bay's new radio partner, WNFL 1440 AM. The live audio with Bruce VandenPlas on the call will also be available for free via GreenBayPhoenix.com or on the Green Bay Phoenix App on IOS and Android devices.

Monday’s game is the 33rd meeting between the two teams with the Phoenix holding a 28-4 advantage in the all-time series. Green Bay has won the last 13 meetings going back to the 2007-08 season and has not dropped a home decision to the Crusaders since the 1990-91 campaign.

STARTING FIVE
1. Hot Hand:
Freshman Mehryn Kraker proved to be the catalyst for the Green Bay offense over the weekend in Michigan, averaging 23.0 points and 5.5 assists in games against Oakland and Detroit. Against the Golden Grizzlies on Thursday, Kraker led the Phoenix with 16 points before going on to record a career-high 30 points, nine rebounds and two steals versus Detroit on Saturday. The 30 point performance was the first for a Phoenix player since Julie Wojta did it during the 2011-12 season, while seven three pointers made was the first since Adrian Ritchie did it a season ago against Valparaiso in the Horizon League Tournament.

2. Century Mark: With an overall record of 99-10 over seven seasons, Green Bay is on the verge of recording its 100th win at the Kress Events Center, which opened for competition during the 2007-08 season. During that time, the Phoenix has gone an impressive 54-2 in conference action, including a string of 45 consecutive home wins.

3. Helping Hand: Distribution of the ball and getting all players involved in the offense has helped the Phoenix average an impressive 72.0 points per game in seven Horizon League contests. Shooting 43.7 percent (177-405) in those contests, Green Bay has dished out 118 assists on 177 made baskets including having 20 or more helpers in three of the last four contests. That total is best in the conference, leaving the Phoenix averaging 16.9 per game.

4. Out of the Gates: Green Bay has set the tone early in its games, outscoring the opposition by a combined 148 points (624-476) in the first half. Having been outscored by an opponent in the first half on just three occasions this season (at Duquesne, vs. Wichita State and at Youngstown State), the Phoenix is 1-2 in those contests.

5. Feed it in: Green Bay has been able to capitalize on offensive production in the paint this season, receiving 46.6 percent (604-1295) of its total points from the lane while outscoring its opponents in the category by a +250 point margin (604-354). Green Bay has received more paint points than its opposition in all but one game this season, a loss to South Dakota State (12/7). Senior Breannah Ranger leads all Phoenix with 160 points in the paint.

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