Green Bay Dominates Battle in Brookings, Downs SDSU 67-43
BROOKINGS, SD. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – The Green Bay women’s basketball team found itself in Brookings, S.D., this evening for a highly anticipated meeting between the top two mid-major programs in the country. Green Bay dominated its way to victory at the Frost Arena, downing South Dakota State 67-43.
The matchup was as advertised in the first quarter of play, as the two teams battled defensively and were separated by only a point at the end of the first, as the Jackrabbits led 10-9. The Phoenix, however, saw to it that the lead would be short-lived, taking control in the second quarter and ending the half with a 12-2 run to lead 27-16.
After taking the lead, the Phoenix kept its foot on the gas and opened the third quarter with an 18-5 run to lead things 43-21 with 5:33 remaining in the third quarter. From there, South Dakota State was never able to get itself back in the game, falling 67-43 in its first home loss since Jan. 17 of last season.
The relentless Green Bay defense held South Dakota State to just 12-of-52 from the field and 4-of-32 from long range. The Phoenix finished 26-of-55 from the field and put forth a 10-of-12 effort from beyond the arc.
Mehryn Kraker led Green Bay’s scoring effort with 18 points, moving her into ninth place on Green Bay all-time scoring list in the Division I era. She finished 6-of-13 from the field, doled out a game-high seven assists and pulled down five rebounds in 32 minutes.
Jessica Lindstrom scred 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to bring her double-double total to six on the season. Jen Wellnitz scored a career-high 15 points on a nearly perfect 6-of-7 shooting effort.
The Phoenix will now focus on next week’s matchup with Wisconsin on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Kress Center.
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