Women's Basketball To Face UIC in Horizon League Semifinals
By Rachel Buck (@GBRachel)
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – The Green Bay women’s basketball team continues its quest for a 13th Horizon League Tournament title as it squares off against fourth-seeded UIC at 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening at the Kress Events Center.
Green Bay’s game will be semifinal number two of the night, as No. 2 Wright State and No. 3 Youngstown State battle in semifinal one of the evening at 5 p.m. Live video for both contests will be available on HorizonLeague.org and live stats will also be available.
Friday’s game is the 68th all-time meeting between Green Bay and UIC, with the Phoenix owning a 61-6 advantage in the all-time series. Green Bay has won the last 10 meetings, including a regular season sweep this year with a 66-50 win to open the Horizon League season and an 81-54 victory at UIC one month later. Matching up with UIC, the two teams have faced each other six times in the tourney, with the Phoenix 5-1 in that span. The only loss came during the 2005-06 season, and the last matchup during the 2011-12 campaign.
No. 4 UIC advanced to the semifinals after defeating No. 5 Cleveland State on Wednesday evening. The Flames never trailed in the game, and outrebounded the Vikings 40-28 in the contest. Rachel Story led the Flames with 24 points for her third-consecutive 20-point game and her 13th of the season. Ruvanna Campbell picked up her 12th-straight double-double with 15 points and 16 rebounds. This season Story leads the team with 18.0 points per game, while Campbell leads the team with 12.2 rebounds per game and Terri Bender has a team-best 3.4 assists and 2.9 steals per game.
1. Conference Hardware: Green Bay took home several postseason accolades as the Horizon League handed out honors on Monday. Highlighting the honorees were two major award winners, as freshman Tesha Buck was named the Freshman of the Year while head coach Kevin Borseth was tabbed the Coach of the Year. Additionally, sophomore Kaili Lukan was named Second Team All-League, Buck and classmate Mehryn Kraker to the All-Freshman team, and junior Megan Lukan to the All-Defensive team.
2. In the Tournament: Since joining the Horizon League in 1994-95, Green Bay is 46-7 in the Horizon League postseason tournament, including a 15-3 record in the semifinals. The Phoenix has emerged victorious in the semifinals each of the past three seasons. Overall, Green Bay has been the No. 1 seed 16 times, including 15 of the last 16 seasons. Matching up with UIC, the two teams have faced each other six times, with the Phoenix 5-1 in that span. The only loss came during the 2005-06 season, and the last matchup during the 2011-12 campaign.
3. Sweet 16th: With a win over Detroit last Saturday the Phoenix claimed the Horizon League regular season title outright, its 16th-consecutive league title. Green Bay has now claimed a regular season title in 16 of its 20 seasons in the Horizon League and has never finished lower than fourth place since joining for the 1994-95 season. The streak of 16 regular season championships is currently the longest active streak in the nation.
4. Roaring Twenties: With a win against Detroit on Saturday, Green Bay locked up its 27th all-time 20+ win season in program history. It also marked the 15th consecutive 20+ win season for the program and 10th under head coach Kevin Borseth, who has reached the mark in all but one season in his time at Green Bay.
5. Off the Bench: The Green Bay reserves have provided an offensive spark late in the season, averaging 25.2 points per game in the last nine contests. Green Bay finished with a conference season-high 35 at UIC on Feb. 8 and started the Horizon League Tournament with 33 bench points against Valparaiso. The Phoenix has received contributions from everyone on its roster this season, and has had 10 or more players score in a game eight times, including against Valpo on Wednesday.
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