By Justin Grones (@JustinGrones)
GREEN BAY, Wis.
(GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Fresh off a
three-game homestand sweep, the Green Bay women's basketball team (12-2, 2-0
HL) will travel to Cleveland to play its first of four straight road games in a
battle with Cleveland State (10-5, 2-0 HL). The matchup will pit the top two
teams in the Horizon League, and mark the first time this season the Phoenix
plays a conference game away from the Kress Center.
Green Bay's defensive dominance continued as Horizon
League play opened last week in wins against Detroit and Wright State. In the
conference opener against Detroit, the Phoenix defense smothered the Titans and
the nation's second-leading scorer Shareeta Brown, holding her well below her average
of 26.0 points per game. Brown scored just eight points on 2-of-4 shooting as the
Phoenix won 62-31, the second-fewest points an opponent has scored against
Green Bay in nearly 30 years.
The Phoenix carried its strong defensive play into the
matchup against Wright State and the Horizon League Preseason Player of the Year
Kim Demmings, who scored 35 points just days prior in a win at Milwaukee. Green
Bay held Demmings to a career-low three points on 1-of-13 shooting, and came
away with a 71-44
victory over the Raiders. The win was the 10th time in 14 games this season
the Phoenix has held an opponent under 50 points.
After starting the season losing four of the first
five games, Cleveland State has won nine of its last 10 games to move into
second place in the Horizon League standings. The Vikings are 7-1 at home this
season, and are led by senior Shalonda Winton, who leads the nation in
triple-doubles with two so far this season.
Green Bay will stay in Ohio for the rest of the week,
battling Youngstown State on Saturday at 6:05 p.m. The Phoenix will hit the
road again next week, with contests at Valparaiso and Wright State.
SERIES: Green Bay is 51-5 all-time
against Cleveland State, with the first meeting held during the 1988-89 season.
In his first tenure leading the Phoenix, head coach Kevin Borseth compiled a 19-2 record against the Vikings.
hosts Cleveland State at the Phoenix Sports Center for the first all-time
meeting against the Vikings.
Green Bay would go on to win the next 19 matchups in the series.
offensive has an explosive day as the team defeats Cleveland State 112-77. The
game goes down in history as the most points the Phoenix has ever scored in a
game in a record that still stands today.
State defeats Green Bay for the first time, the only time the Phoenix would
fall to the Vikings under legendary head coach Carol Hammerle.
In his first
season as head coach at Green bay, Kevin Borseth leads the Phoenix to an 83-71
win over the Vikings in
his first matchup against Cleveland State.
State defeats Green Bay in the Horizon League Championship game to earn an
automatic bid to the 2008 NCAA Tournament.
second time in three years, Green Bay falls to Cleveland State in the Horizon
League Championship game as the Vikings win 83-75 in overtime. However, Green
Bay receives an automatic bid and advances to the second round of the NCAA
offense puts up a season-high 90 points in a win at the Wolstein Center.
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LOCKDOWN: Green Bay ranks second in the NCAA in
scoring defense, allowing just 46.9 points per game. The Phoenix has held
opponents under 50 points in 10 of 14 games this season, and has contained one
of the Horizon League's top players in each of the last two games. Green Bay
limited Detroit's Shareeta Brown to just eight points and held Wright State's Kim
Demmings to a career-worst three points.
DANGER: Redshirt junior Breannah Ranger (Skokie, Ill.) has
continued to become a nightmare in the post for opposing teams after recording
her first career double-double in the win against Wright State with 12 points
and a game-high 11 rebounds. Ranger is averaging 6.0 points and 4.6 rebounds
per game while playing 15.5 minutes per game off the bench. The Skokie, Ill.
native is shooting a team-best 53.6 percent (30-56) from the field this season.
WINNING STREAK NOTES: Green
Bay has won seven straight games dating back to a 55-46 comeback win at
Marquette on Dec. 8. The Phoenix has held opponents to an average of just 40.0
points per game during this streak and has dominated inside, outscoring
opponents 242-70 in the paint during the streak.
NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE: Green Bay will enjoy life on the road for the next
three games following the matchup at Cleveland State. The Phoenix will wrap up
its trip to Ohio on Saturday with a contest at Youngstown State, and then hit
the road again next week for a game Saturday at Valparaiso, and Monday at
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