By: Jill Wunrow (@JillWunrow)
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - For the sixth consecutive season the Green
Bay (1-0) women's basketball team tipped off regular season play with a win, holding
off a late charge to defeat UNI (0-1) in its 2012-13 opener at the McLeod
Center Saturday, Nov. 10 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The win also marks the eighth
consecutive regular season win for the Phoenix.
"UNI is a great team and they're
going to win a lot of games this year," said Green Bay head coach Kevin Borseth
who improves to 5-5 in regular season openers leading the Phoenix. "It really
came down to a half-court game in the end and we had to fight tough to hold on
for the win."
With 14:51 to play, the Panthers went
on an 11-2 run to cut Green Bay's lead to one (40-39) with 11:18 to play after
a three from Brooke Browne. Senior Sarah Eichler (Grafton, Wis.) gave the
Phoenix a three-point advantage with a layup with 10:53 to play.
"I love layups, if you can give me
one I'll take it," said Eichler who tied a game-high 17 points while grabbing a
career and team-high eight rebounds and tying a career-high five steals.
Later in the contest, UNI hit
back-to-back three pointers from Jacqui Kalin to take its first lead of the
game with 8:46 remaining, making it 45-42 in favor of the Panthers.
With six consecutive free throws,
Green Bay took a 48-45 advantage with just under six minutes to play before
Jess McDowell drained a three from the left corner to tie the contest at 48. Adrian
Ritchie (De Pere, Wis.) answered with one of her team-high three three pointers
from the right side, giving the Phoenix the 51-48 lead and after a UNI basket,
drained another three before UNI responded with their 10th three of the
contest, cutting the Phoenix lead to one (54-53) with 3:01 to play.
Neither team led by more than four
points the final 12:08 of the contest. With 53.1 seconds to play, Green Bay
called a timeout to set up a side out-of-bounds play but the shot clock expired
on the Phoenix as Lydia Bauer's (Lake Zurich, Ill.) three pointer did not count.
UNI got the ball back but Green Bay came up with a big defensive rebound.
"I thought our defense really came to
play, especially in the possessions down the stretch where we didn't even let
them get a shot off," Borseth said.
Lukan missed a pair of free throws
with 5.9 seconds remaining, giving the Panthers one last possession. Green Bay
set up its full-court pressure and one last desperation shot from UNI's Brittni
Donaldson bounced in and out as the Phoenix held on for the 54-53 win.
In addition to Eichler's 17, classmates
Adrian Ritchie (De Pere, Wis.) and Stephanie Sension (Hopkins, Minn.) each
added 16 and 13 points respectively as Green Bay finished the contest shooting
39 percent from the field.
"To come out and play like we did
against a team like Northern Iowa on their home court was a great start for us,"
Sension said. "I'm going to continue to come out and play hard for my teammates
every game with them pushing me to help this team continue to win."
FIRST HALF PLAY: Adrian Ritchie scored Green Bay's first basket of the 2012-13 regular
season with a three pointer from the right wing and the early Phoenix lead. The
game remained without a basket for the next four minutes until UNI scored a
layup to put the Panthers on the board.
Green Bay later went on a 10-0 run midway
through the first half while its defense forced four turnovers including two
consecutive shot clock violations in the nearly three minute span. UNI ended
its scoring drought with a layup from Jen Keitel to cut Green Bay's lead to 22-
13 with 6:07 to play in the first half.
Sension scored eight of her
first-half-high 12 points in the final 6:07, including four in the final 49
seconds. Eichler chipped in 10 points with her aggressive play to help guide
the Phoenix to a 31-22 halftime lead. Both Eichler and Sension led Green Bay
with three rebounds each.
As a team, Green Bay shot 52 percent
from the field (13-25) and 66 percent from the free throw line (4-6) in the
opening half of play.
NEXT UP: Green
Bay will host Central Michigan in its home opener Saturday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m.
at the Kress Events Center. Prior to tip-off, Green Bay Athletics will unveil
banners honoring the team's success in 2011-12 postseason play.
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information and to order tickets, please call 920.465.2625 or visit the
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