Green Bay Will Return to Ames for NCAA Tournament

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Release: March 12, 2012
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The Phoenix play at Iowa State Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

By: Andrew Gavin (@GBGavin)
GreenBayPhoenix.com

GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Making its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, No. 10/10 Green Bay (30-1) will return to the site of its tournament run from two seasons ago and will play at Iowa State (18-12) in Ames, Iowa. The Phoenix is the seventh seed in the Kingston Region while the Cyclones are seeded 10th.

The meeting between Green Bay, the Horizon League regular season and tournament champions and Iowa State, an at-large bid from the Big XII Conference, will take place at Hilton Coliseum on Saturday, March 17 at 5:30 p.m. CT. Green Bay has an unblemished road record of 12-0 while Iowa State is 14-2 this season on its home court. The winner will play either second-seeded Kentucky (25-6) or No. 15 seed, McNeese State (26-7) on Monday, March 19.

To follow the Phoenix in the NCAA Tournament, visit Tournament Central presented by Taco Bell.

For ticketing information, please visit Cyclones.com. Single-session and all-session ticket packages are available. All-session tickets can be purchased for $30 for adults and $25 for youth (high school and younger). Single-session tickets are being sold for $18 for adults and #13 for youth.

A fan bus will be traveling to the game and leaving on Saturday morning. All fans interested in riding on the fan bus can make reservations and find out more information by calling the Green Bay Athletics Office at 920.465.2145.

In 2010, Green Bay received the first at-large bid in program history and played in Ames as a No. 12 seed. The Phoenix defeated fifth-seeded Virginia 69-67 in the first round before falling to fourth-seeded Iowa State 60-56 in the second round. Former Phoenix standout Kayla Tetschlag had 29 points in that contest while Julie Wojta (Mishicot, Wis.), then a sophomore, added 12 points and five rebounds.

Green Bay carried the momentum of that NCAA Tournament appearance into a 34-2 record in 2010-11 that culminated with wins over UALR and Michigan State and a trip to the Sweet 16. In a matchup with top-seeded Baylor in Dallas, fifth-seeded Green Bay lost a tough battle, 86-76.  

The Phoenix is led by Wojta, who is an All-American candidate and the Horizon League Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. The versatile senior is averaging 19.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game and is coming off a 29-point performance in a 66-53 win over Detroit in the Horizon League tournament title game.

Chelsea Poppins leads three double-digit Iowa State scorers at 14.3 points per game. As a team, the Cyclones have made 7.3 three-pointers per game. The only common opponent on the team's schedules is Butler, with Iowa State beating the Bulldogs at home, 66-44. Green Bay swept its two meetings with Butler in 2011-12.

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