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Women's Basketball Entertains No. 18/21 Purdue on Wednesday

Courtesy: Green Bay Athletics
         
Release: December 17, 2013
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – The Green Bay women’s basketball team wraps up a three-game homestand before breaking for the holidays as it welcomes No. 18/21 Purdue to the Kress Events Center on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. 

Welcoming a ranked opponent to the Kress Center for the first time since the 2009-10 season, the game will be televised locally on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel 32/1332 HD. It will also be available nationwide on ESPN3 and through 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.

Wednesday’s contest marks the first-ever meeting between the Phoenix and the Boilermakers. Green Bay is 24-39 all-time against members of the Big Ten conference, and after Wednesday’s game the Phoenix will have faced all current members of the conference minus Northwestern. Green Bay has faced three new opponents this season (Duquesne, Siena, William and Mary), going 3-0 against the competition.

With back-to-back losses against South Dakota State and Wichita State, Green Bay finds itself in unfamiliar territory. Over the past 10 seasons the Phoenix has lost consecutive games just five times, with the last happening during the 2009-10 season. With both of those losses coming at home, the Phoenix saw a streak of 19-consecutive wins come to an end against South Dakota State, and now has consecutive home losses for the first time since 2008-09.

Sophomore Kaili Lukan (Barrie, Ontario) leads the Phoenix averaging 11.0 points/game, while senior Breannah Ranger (Skokie, Ill.) has a team-best 7.4 rebounds. Freshman Tesha Buck (Red Wing, Minn.) is coming off of her third-consecutive Horizon League Freshman of the Week honor, and currently leads the team in assists (4.1), steals (1.7) and minutes played (31.8) per game. 

Purdue comes into Wednesday’s contest with an overall record of 7-2, most recently defeating Kansas on the road on Sunday (71-68).  Both of the Boilermakers losses this season have come at the hands of ranked opponents: then-No. 6 Stanford (69-86) and then-No. 2 Duke (78-99). Purdue is led by senior Courtney Moses, who is averaging 15.2 points points/game. Redshirt senior KK Houser is right behind with 14.6 points/game and a team-best 5.1 assists/game and 2.8 steals/game, while junior Liza Clemons leads the team averaging 6.0 rebounds/game. 

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1. Unfamiliar Territory: With back-to-back losses, Green Bay finds itself in unfamiliar territory. Over the past 10 seasons, the Phoenix has lost consecutive games just five times, with the last happening during the 2009-10 season. With both of those losses coming at home, the Phoenix saw a streak of 19-consecutive wins come to an end against South Dakota State, and now has consecutive home losses for the first time since 2008-09. 

2. Taking on the Top 25: Green Bay will be facing a ranked opponent for the first time this season when Purdue comes to town on Wednesday. Against ranked opponents, Green Bay is 6-23 all-time and 1-14 under head coach Kevin Borseth. Of those six wins, two have come at home.

3. Three-Peat: Freshman Tesha Buck is making quite an impact in her first season with the Phoenix.  Named the Horizon League Freshman of the Week on Monday after posting a game- and career-high 17 points and seven rebounds against Wichita State, she is now the only freshman in the conference to average double-digit scoring (10.3) while also leading the league with a 2.9 assist/turnover ratio. She also leads the Phoenix in assists per game (4.1), steals per game (1.7), minutes played (31.8) and free throw percentage (13-18, 72.2%).

4. Turnover Totals: Despite committing more turnovers than its opponent for the first time this season against Wichita State, Green Bay still owns a conference-low 14.7 turnovers per game while forcing its competition into 20.3 turnovers per game, a differential of +5.7. The +5.7 differential currently ranks 21st in the nation. Forcing turnovers while taking care of the ball has been a staple of the Green Bay defense under Borseth, as last season the Phoenix commited more turnovers than its opponents in just five of its 32 games.

5. Hold ‘em Down: Green Bay has held its opponents to an average of 55.9 points per game this season, the lowest total in the conference and the 19th best average in the nation. The competition has scored more than 60 points on just three occasions this season, which happen to be the only losses on the Phoenix schedule (St. Bonaventure, South Dakota State and Wichita State). 

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