Postseason Props: Green Bay Senior Class Does Green Bay Proud
Editor's Note: Throughout postseason play, Assistant Director of Athletics Communications Jill Wunrow has handed out "Postseason Props" to a Phoenix player/players she feels provided a spark in Green Bay's most recent game.
NCAA Tournament, Regional Semifinal (5) Green Bay 76, (1) BAYLOR 86 - The No. 13/11 Green Bay (34-2) women's basketball team earned much-deserved respect on the national stage after battling No. 3/3 Baylor (34-2) in the NCAA Tournament regional semifinal. The Phoenix fell 86-76 to the Lady Bears, ending the most historic season in the 38-year-old Green Bay women's basketball program.
"We talk about being able to walk away from the game with a sense of achievement and a sense of pride, and to see Kayla and Celeste do what they did tonight, they can leave with that feeling," said head coach Matt Bollant.
Tetschlag led the Phoenix with 27 points and 10 rebounds, posting her third-consecutive double-double while playing the entire contest against Baylor.
"We were right there, we could feel it," said Tetschlag. "We gave them a good run and are proud of the way we finished the game."
It was the second stretch this season the Co-Horizon League Player of the Year had three consecutive double-double performances. Known for her performances in the NCAA Tournament, Tetschlag finished this year's tournament averaging 20.3 points and 11 boards per contest.
Hoewisch had her best performance of the tournament pouring in 20 points, going 4-for-7 from three-point range while leading the Phoenix with six assists.
"As players we have the mentality to not be intimidated by anyone," Hoewisch said. "We don't care what's on the front of thejersey, we're going to play our butts off for 40 minutes."
With 13:32 remaining, Hoewisch drained a three pointer, cutting Baylor's lead to three (52-49) for the final time in the contest.
"We were very excited when we cut it to three, we felt we could play with them," said Hoewisch. "We were right there, we could taste it. We felt if we could take the lead we could maybe frazzle them a bit."
The Co-Horizon League Player of the Year finished her final NCAA Tournament averaging 13 points while leading Green Bay with eight steals.
"These girls are fighters and I wouldn't take the floor with anybody else," a tearful Hoewisch said.
With 8:34 to play, Baylor had its largest lead of the contest (+18) and Green Bay called a timeout to organize its defense. During the huddle, Heather Golden (De Pere, Wis.) stepped in the huddle and challenged her teammates to fight with everything they have in the time that was left in the game.
Green Bay did just that, cutting Baylor's lead to 12 with 5:00 minutes remaining, but time ran out on what has been the best season in program history, while earning the respect of those nationwide.
ESPN.com writer Graham Hays covered Green Bay women's basketball throughout the season and sent a message to the team afterwards, "It's not what any of them want to hear now, which is why they are who they are, but those kids just went out and earned the respect of anyone who watched."This year's senior class of Hoewisch, Tetschlag and Golden were the winningest class in program history with a 117-17 record and 68-4 Horizon League record, advancing to the program's first Sweet 16 appearance.