By Justin Grones (@JustinGrones)
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay women's basketball team (8-2) will travel to Wichita, Kans., to play its final nonconference road matchup of the 2012-13 season in a battle against Wichita State (6-5) on Sunday, Dec. 30 with the tip set for 1:05 p.m. The Phoenix has not played the Shockers since the 2002-03 season, and the two teams are split in just two all-time meetings.
Green Bay is coming off a key 53-38 home win against Wisconsin, a game which saw the Badgers held to a program-worst 10 points in the first half. In addition to limiting the Badgers to just 38 points on the night, the Phoenix forced 25 turnovers and outscored Wisconsin 38-6 in the paint. Redshirt senior Stephanie Sension (Hopkins, Minn.) led Green Bay with 13 points, including a 1:04 stretch in the second half where she scored seven consecutive points.
The win against the Badgers improved Green Bay to 2-0 against other in-state Division I teams this season, and the 25 Wisconsin turnovers were just one shy of tying the season-high 26 forced at Marquette on Dec. 8. The win over Wisconsin also improved Green Bay's senior class to 4-0 against the Badgers.
Wichita State has won three straight and four of its last five having last played in a 61-59 win at SMU on Dec. 22. The Shockers are 4-1 at home this season, with wins against UTSA, Grambling, Northern Colorado and Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Both Green Bay and Wichita State competed in the 2012 Cancun Challenge from Nov. 22-24, but did not face each other while south of the border. The Phoenix went 2-1 with wins against Missouri and Richmond and a loss to James Madison, while the Shockers went 0-3 against the same teams.
In two all-time meetings, Green Bay is split 1-1 with Wichita State. The last meeting came during the 2002-03 season, a home win for the Phoenix. The Shockers won the meeting at home the season prior.
Following Sunday's contest, Green Bay will ring in the New Year with three straight home games, starting with its final nonconference matchup of the season against St. Bonaventure on Jan. 5 at 2 p.m. The Bonnies advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2012 NCAA tournament before falling to eventual National Runner-Up Notre Dame.
The Phoenix will open Horizon League play on Jan. 8 against Detroit, and remain at home to host Wright State on Jan. 12.
FOLLOW IT LIVE: Fans can listen to Bruce VandenPlas on the call on WDUZ The Fan 107.5 FM. The Broadcast will be played tape-delayed following the Packers Pregame Show. Live stats and Live pay-per view video will also be available for the game against Wichita State. Be sure to follow @GBPhoenixWBB and @JustinGrones on Twitter for updates throughout the game.
SENSION'S NEW DIMENSION: Redshirt senior Stephanie Sension continues to impress in her starting role this season after leading Green Bay with 13 points against Wisconsin. The Hopkins, Minn. native is averaging 11.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game and also has a team-high six blocks. Averaging 27.1 minutes per game, Sension is also shooting 45.7 percent from the field.
ON THE ROAD
AGAIN: After playing consecutive home
games for the first time this season last week, Sunday's game at Wichita State will
be the seventh of 11 games this season that Green Bay will play away from home.
The Phoenix holds a 4-2 record in road or neutral site games this season.
DOWN-LOW DOMINANCE: Head coach Kevin Borseth challenged his team to dominate the paint against Wisconsin, and his players responded by outscoring the Badgers 38-6 in the lane. In the previous game, the Phoenix tied a season high when it outscored North Dakota State 46-16 in the paint. Green Bay has outscored opponents 314-192 in the paint this season and has only been outscored once in the paint through 10 games. Over the previous three games, the Phoenix holds a 110-34 advantage down low.
NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE: Green Bay will ring in 2013 with the nonconference
finale, a home contest against St. Bonaventure on Jan. 5. Horizon League play will
begin just three days after with the Phoenix hosting Detroit Jan. 8 and Wright
State on Jan. 12.
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