A headline that many Green Bay Area sports fans hope to read twice this weekend, the Phoenix women were able to do their part, beating the Vikings 85 to 72 in Saturday matinee action from the Kress Center. The two teams expected to finish atop the conference battled in their first matchup of the year, trading punches early and often. The Phoenix held two-point leads in the first and second quarters, 22-20 and 46-44, respectively.
However, in the third quarter, Green Bay was able to do what it has all season long, the Phoenix was able to frustrate Cleveland State with the defense and extend its lead throughout. Cleveland State was limited to 13 points in the quarter, while Cassie Schiltz scored 9 of her game high 27 points, a new career high for her. Going into the final quarter, the Phoenix led 68-57. The Vikings were able to bring down to 8 a few times throughout the final period, but Green Bay was able to pull away back into double digits each time.
Aside from Schiltz, Maddy Schreiber, Natalie McNeal, Jenna Guyer, and Jasmine Kondrakiewicz all added in double digit scoring efforts. After the game, Schiltz talked in the postgame about the importance of the win over the budding rival Vikings, already focusing on having to likely beat this team 2 more times.
Green Bay wraps up a five-game homestand on Monday against Purdue Fort Wayne with a 1pm tipoff from the Kress Center.