By Justin Grones (@JustinGrones)
GREEN BAY, Wis.
(GreenBayPhoenix.com) - After winning
in a come-from-behind thriller at Cleveland State on Thursday night, the Green
Bay women's basketball team (13-2, 3-0 HL) will wrap up a trip to Ohio with a
visit to Youngstown State (11-4, 1-1 HL) on Saturday night. Green Bay will look
to win its ninth straight in the matchup, which is set to tip at 6 p.m. central
In the win against Cleveland State, Green Bay overcame
a forgettable first half in which it trailed by as many as 12 points. After
shooting just 26.1 percent from the field in the first half, the Phoenix shot
50 percent from the field in the second as it slowly chipped away at the
Vikings' lead. Senior Sarah Eichler (Grafton,
Wis.), who scored a game-high 17 points, banked in a three with 1:35 to put
Green Bay on top 52-49. After nine lead changes and three ties in the half,
Green Bay ended the back-and-forth battle and sealed the win.
Youngstown State has been the surprise of the Horizon
League this season, compiling an 11-4 record after finishing last in the
Horizon League annually since the 2008-09 season. The Penguins have won four of
their last five, and wrap up a two-game homestand against Green Bay after defeating
Milwaukee 67-50 on Jan. 17.
INSIDE THE SERIES:
Green Bay holds a 27-1 all-time
record against Youngstown State and has won 14 straight in the series. The lone
loss to the Penguins came during the 2004-05 season when Green Bay was defeated
60-56 at home.
travels to Youngstown, Ohio for the first all-time meeting between the two
programs. The Phoenix wins 67-54, sparking a streak of 13 straight wins against
facing each other for nearly eight years, Youngstown State travels to Green
Bay, where the Phoenix picks up a 76-48 win in Kevin Borseth's first battle
with the Penguins.
plays Youngstown State on the road, where the Penguins take the game to
overtime. Green Bay narrowly escapes with a 69-64 win.
Nearly a year
to the day after the first overtime game in the series, the Penguins pick up
their first and only win in the series, defeating Green Bay 60-56 at the
Phoenix Sports Center.
Green Bay hosts Youngstown State and has a record-setting day, marching over
the Penguins by a score of 84-25. Youngstown State's 25 points sets an opponent
low in Green Bay's Division I era, dating back to 1987.
Green Bay travels to the Beeghly Center where it overcomes a nine-point deficit
with 59 seconds to play, forcing overtime. Then-junior Adrian Ritchie scored
all nine of those points, and finished with a career-high 26 points. In the
extra frame, the Phoenix rises to pick up a 77-72 win.
FOLLOW IT LIVE: Fans can listen live on Saturday as Bruce VandenPlas will have the call on The
Fan 1400 AM. Live
stats and live video will also be available for the game at Youngstown State. Be sure to follow @GBPhoenixWBB and @JustinGrones on Twitter for updates throughout the game.
LOCKDOWN: Green Bay ranks second in the NCAA in
scoring defense, allowing just 47.1 points per game. The Phoenix has held
opponents under 50 points in 11 of 15 games this season, and is allowing just
0.5 more points per game than Connecticut's top-ranked defense.
EXCELLENCE: Senior Sarah Eichler
rallied her team when it mattered most in the win at Cleveland State, and hit
the game-winning three with 1:35 remaining. Eichler scored a game-high 17
points, giving her 941 points for her career. She's averaging 13.1 points per
game on 44.9 percent shooting, good for 11th and ninth in the Horizon League.
WINNING STREAK NOTES: Green Bay has won eight straight games dating back to a 55-46 comeback
win at Marquette on Dec. 8. The Phoenix has held opponents to an average of
points per game during this streak, and forced a season-high 26 turnovers
in games against Marquette and Cleveland
State during the streak.
NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE: The Phoenix will hit the road again next week, first
travelling to face Valparaiso on Saturday, Jan. 26. On the way back home, the
team will play at Wright State in a Monday night matchup.
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