No. 13/11 Green Bay One Game Away from Sweet 16
WICHITA, Kan. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - After advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second-consecutive season, the fifth-seeded Green Bay (33-1) women's basketball team will look to make the 38-year-old program's first appearance in the Sweet 16. In order to do so, the Phoenix will have to get past fourth-seeded Michigan State (27-5) in Tuesday's second round game at 8:40 p.m. on ESPN2.
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"We don't match up with Michigan State's size but we bring a lot to the table," said Kayla Tetschlag (Sheboygan, Wis.) who scored 24 points in Sunday's first round win against UALR. "I think we have a lot of toughness in our defense that they're going to struggle with."
Green Bay earned a second round game in the NCAA Tournament with a 59-55 win over 12th-seeded UALR in the first round of play while Michigan State held off a late charge by 13th-seeded UNI to advance to Tuesday's second round. It's the first time in Green Bay's 12 NCAA Tournament appearances it has advanced to the second round in back to back seasons.
Michigan State is the fourth Big Ten team Green Bay will face this season, the most in a single season for the Phoenix. Green Bay is 3-0 against its Big Ten opponents this year, handing Minnesota, (79-75) Wisconsin (69-43) and Penn State (79-74) their first losses of the season, all in the month of November.
For the second-consecutive game, Tetschlag, the Co-Horizon League Player of the Year and leading the Phoenix averaging 14 points per game, will be matched up against a conference player of the year from another league. Tetschlag will battle Big Ten Player of the Year Kalisha Keane who is averaging 16 points and five rebounds per game. In Sunday's first round game against UNI, Keane led the Spartans with 17 points and six assists while grabbing six rebounds.
Meanwhile Tetschlag grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds in its first round win over UALR and took at least four charges, making Keane well aware of the challenge she'll face Tuesday, "what's impressed me the most is their versatility and their ability to go inside and outside, especially number 42 who plays really well on the help-side defense," said Keane.
Tetschlag in the NCAA Tournament... Green Bay's game against UALR was the second-consecutive NCAA Tournament game Tetschlag poured in 24 points or more. Throughout her four-career NCAA Tournament games, Tetschlag scored a combined 83 points, averaging 20.7 per contest.
Top of the Charts... Green Bay is having its best season in its 38-year-program history. The Phoenix tops the charts in wins (33), winning percentage (.970), turnover margin (+8.3), scoring margin (+22.2), free throws made (507), assists (687) and steals (417). In addition, the Phoenix currently ranks second in program history in scoring defense (52.1) and assist/turnover ratio (1.30).
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