By Justin Grones (@JustinGrones)
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – Now in the second year of his second stint as head coach of the Green Bay women’s basketball program, Kevin Borseth has announced his squad’s 2013-14 schedule. After finishing No. 24 in the final 2012-13 USA Today’s Coaches poll and making a fifth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance, the Phoenix will face four opponents in 2013-14 for the first time in program history.
Included in those first-time matchups is a highly anticipated home contest on Wednesday, Dec. 18 when Purdue visits the Kress Center at 7 p.m. The Phoenix will look to pick up its ninth consecutive win against Big Ten opponents after dealing Wisconsin a 53-38 loss last season.
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Green Bay will kick off the 2013-14 season on Nov. 8 at home against Northern Illinois. Formerly coached by legendary Phoenix head coach Carol Hammerle, the Huskies are led by Kathi Bennett, daughter of former men’s basketball head coach Dick Bennett. With Northern Illinois’ trip to the Kress Center, both Kathi and her brother Tony, the men’s basketball program’s all-time leading scorer, will bring their squads to Green Bay this year. Tony is the head men’s basketball coach at Virginia, who will visit the Resch Center on Saturday, Dec. 7.
From there, the Phoenix heads east to visit St. Bonaventure, a team the Phoenix handled easily at home in a 61-42 victory last season. Mid-major power Duquesne, a second-round NIT team last season, will host Green Bay before the Phoenix travels to Vermont for its first tournament of the year. Green Bay will open the tournament against Siena before facing either North Florida or Vermont. A second tournament out east kicks off less than a week later as Green Bay heads to Maine to battle William & Mary and Maine on Nov. 29 and 30.
After six games in 30 days played away from home, Green Bay will kick off a tough three-game homestand against three NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago. The Phoenix will start the homestretch on Dec. 7 against South Dakota State, a team that finished 25-8 last season and made the 2013 NCAA Tournament as a No. 13 seed. Wichita State, a team Green Bay defeated 63-42 on the road last season, will travel to Green Bay on Dec. 15. Missing four starters from last season, the Shockers finished 24-10 in 2012-13 and received a No. 14 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The homestand ends on Dec. 18 as Purdue travels to the Kress Center for the first all-time meeting between the two schools. The Boilermakers are the reigning Big Ten Tournament Champions and made it to the Second Round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament as a No. 4 seed before falling to Louisville.
Green Bay will travel to Madison to face Wisconsin in the final nonconference road contest of the season. In a 53-38 win at home last season, the Phoenix held the Badgers to a program-worst 10 points in the first half. The nonconference portion of the 2013-14 schedule comes to an end on New Year’s Day when Maine comes to Green Bay for the second meeting between the two squads of the season.
The Phoenix will open Horizon League play on Jan. 8 against UIC before hosting Milwaukee on Jan. 11. From there, the team heads to Ohio for a highly anticipated contest at Youngstown State. The Penguins, led by former Green Bay associate head coach John Barnes, finished second in the Horizon League last season. Also highlighting the Horizon League schedule will be a Jan. 30 matchup at Oakland in Green Bay’s first contest against the Grizzlies as members of the Horizon League, and a Feb. 1 matchup at Detroit, now without post power Shareta Brown.
The 2013-14 campaign will begin with two home exhibition games, first against Division II St. Cloud State on Saturday, Oct. 26. First-year Green Bay assistant coach Megan Vogel spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator with the Huskies, which finished 19-9 last season. The second exhibition contest will be one week later when Northern Michigan comes to town on Nov. 2.
NEW FACES: Four brand new opponents await Green Bay on the 2013-14 schedule—Purdue, Duquesne, Siena and William & Mary. Should the Phoenix face North Florida in the Vermont Tournament, Green Bay will battle five teams for the first time this season. Currently 2-0 against the Grizzlies, Green Bay will also look to stay perfect against Oakland in the team’s first season in the Horizon League.
TWICE THE FUN: For the third straight year, Green Bay will play a nonconference opponent twice in one year. After battling Maine on its home court on Nov. 30, the Phoenix will host the Black Bears on New Year’s Day. Green Bay went 1-1 against Central Michigan last season and 2-0 against Toledo in 2011-12.
SOMETHING’S MISSING: For the first time since the 2005-06 season, Green Bay will not face Marquette as part of its nonconference schedule. The Phoenix erased a double-digit deficit on the Golden Eagles’ home court last season en route to a 55-46 comeback victory. With Loyola’s move to the Missouri Valley Conference effective this season, Green Bay won’t battle the Ramblers for the first time since the 1993-94 season—around when many of the current players on the Phoenix roster were born.
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