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Postseason Props: Bauer out of Shooting Slump, Sparks Phoenix Win

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Release: March 17, 2012
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Bauer was one of four players to score in double figures, finishing with a game-high 16 along with teammate Sarah Eichler. Both had four three pointers in the win

Editor's Note: Throughout postseason play, Assistant Director of Athletics Communications Jill Wunrow will provide "Postseason Props" to a Phoenix player/players she feels provided a spark in Green Bay's most recent game.

NCAA TOURNAMENT, First Round (1) Green Bay 71, (10) Iowa State 57 - At first when looking at the stat sheet after No. 7 seed Green Bay's (31-1) 71-57 win over No. 10 seed Iowa State (18-13) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, it would appear to be a tough decision to pick which Phoenix player deserves "Postseason Props" with four scoring in double figures.

After scoring nine points throughout three games in the Horizon League Championship, junior Lydia Bauer (Lake Zurich, Ill.) got out of her shooting slump, tying a game-high 16 points while sinking four three pointers in Green Bay's win. Bauer is certainly deserving of Postseason Props after playing a key role in leading Green Bay to the program's first win on an opponent's home court in the NCAA Tournament.

Bauer sank three three pointers in the first half of play, including a shot from the top of the key as time expired, giving the Phoenix its largest halftime lead (42-23) in program history in an NCAA Tournament game.

"I've had a shooting drought for the past few games and it felt good to step up and help my team by making those shots," said a smiling Bauer in the lockerroom after the game.

Bauer, who specializes in the three-point shot, was 1-for-12 in Horizon League Tournament play, but never gave up and kept shooting, knowing eventually one would go in.

"Knocking down the first shot gives me so much confidence for the rest of the game," Bauer said. "Once I made that first one I felt confident the rest of the game to knock 'em down, it just felt good."

Bauer sank her first three from the top of the key at the 15:31 mark to boost Green Bay's lead to four (8-4). With 5:15 remaining in the opening half, Bauer drained another three to give the Phoenix the 25-18 advantage. Bauer's three as the buzzer sounded at the end of the half was Green Bay's ninth of the game, a season-high for the Phoenix in a first half.

"What a great way to end the half with Lydia knocking down the long three and getting great looks," Bollant said of Bauer's performance.

With all the media attention and scouting reports from other teams focusing on All-American candidate Julie Wojta (Francis Creek, Wis.), Bauer's performance was key in Green Bay's victory tonight.

"Julie has gotten so much attention this year and obviously deserves it but our other players are really good as well and they showed it tonight and showed they can play on a big stage," said Bollant.

Bauer and Sarah Eichler (Grafton, Wis.) led all players with 16 points each, both sinking four three pointers. Eichler's 10 three-point field goal attempts tied a program NCAA Tournament record. Adrian Ritchie (De Pere, Wis.) chipped in two threes, finishing with 15 points while Wojta added one three, finishing with 14 points. Green Bay's 29 three-point field goal attempts set a program record for an NCAA Tournament game.


The meeting between Green Bay, the Horizon League regular season and tournament champions and SEC regular season champions, No. 2 seed Kentucky (26-6) will take place at Hilton Coliseum on Monday, March 19 at 8:30 p.m. CT.

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Schedule Sponsor
Saturday , November 01
Women's Basketball 
vs. Michigan Tech (Exhibition)
1:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Thursday , November 06
Women's Basketball 
vs. UW-Oshkosh (Exhibition)
7:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Saturday , November 15
Women's Basketball 
at Marquette
1:00 PM
Milwaukee, Wis.
Monday , November 17
Women's Basketball 
at Vanderbilt
7:00 PM
Nashville, Tenn.
Wednesday, November 19
Women's Basketball 
at Purdue
4:30 PM
West Lafayette, Ind.
Saturday , November 22
Women's Basketball 
vs. Duquesne
1:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Friday , November 28
Women's Basketball 
at Georgia Tech
11:00 AM
Naples, Fla.
Saturday , November 29
Women's Basketball 
at Arizona State or Villanova
Naples, Fla.
Sunday , November 30
Women's Basketball 
at TBD
Naples, Fla.
Saturday , December 06
Women's Basketball 
vs. Western Michigan
1:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Wednesday, December 10
Women's Basketball 
at South Dakota State
7:00 PM
Brookings, S.D.
Saturday , December 13
Women's Basketball 
vs. Wisconsin
7:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Saturday , December 20
Women's Basketball 
vs. Vermont
1:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Sunday , December 28
Women's Basketball 
at Dayton
1:00 PM
Dayton, Ohio
Saturday , January 03
Women's Basketball 
vs. Davenport
1:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.



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