Green Bay Set to Face UALR in First Round of NCAA Tournament
WICHITA, Kan. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The No. 13/12 Green Bay (32-1) women's basketball, seeded fifth in the Dallas Region, is making its third-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, facing 12th-seeded UALR (23-7) at 4:20 p.m. The Trojans are making their second-consecutive appearance in the big dance as both teams advanced to last year's second round.
With Dan McLaughlin (play-by-play) and Abby Waner (color analyst) on the call, the game can be seen in full in the Green Bay area on ESPN2. There will be whiparound coverage around the nation with ESPN2 showing the most interesting game.
Green Bay is the first team other than Connecticut and Tennessee to have at least 32 wins entering the NCAA Tournament. The Phoenix joins a list of 16 teams (including Connecticut this season) who entered the tournament with at least 30 wins and no more than one loss. All 14 of the previous teams advanced at least as far as the Sweet 16, and all but two reached the Final Four.
UALR is appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the second time all-time after winning the team's first-ever Sun Belt Conference Tournament title with a 66-59 victory over WKU to earn an automatic berth. Meanwhile, Green Bay makes its 12th appearance in the NCAA Tournament after winning its 10th Horizon League Championship and second under four-year head coach Matt Bollant.
Sunday's game will feature a matchup in the paint between the Co-Horizon League Player of the Year in Green Bay's Kayla Tetschlag (Sheboygan, Wis.) and the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year in UALR's Chastity Reed. Tetschlag, along with Julie Wojta (Mishicot, Wis.), lead the Phoenix in scoring averaging 13.7 points per game. A Horizon League All-Defensive Team selection, Tetschlag leads the Phoenix with a single-season career-high 78 steals and is second in rebounding averaging 7.3 points per game. Reed led the Sun Belt Conference averaging 19.4 points per game and 6.0 defensive boards.
Similar Offensive Styles... Like Green Bay, UALR runs a motion offense and moves the ball effectively. UALR averages 14.8 assists per game and ranks 19th in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio while Green Bay ranks fourth in the statistic averaging 20.2 assists per contest.
Tournament Tetschlag... In the three NCAA Tournament contests in her career, Tetschlag is averaging 19.7 points per game. Tetschlag scored 16 points off the bench as a sophomore against LSU in 2008-09. She then averaged 21.5 points per game in the tournament last season, including a career-high 29 points against Iowa State in the second round.
Top of the Charts... Green Bay is having its best season in its 38-year-program history. The Phoenix tops the charts in wins (32), winning percentage (.969), turnover margin (+8.5) and scoring margin (+22.8). Green Bay is two free throws shy of the all-time record for makes in a single season and three assists and four steals shy of the single-season marks. In addition, the Phoenix currently ranks second in program history in scoring defense (52.0) and assist/turnover ratio (1.30).
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