Phoenix cruise past Raiders; Extend conference lead

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Green Bay jumped out to an early 10-0 run against Wright State on Sunday afternoon and never looked back, on its way to a 77-59 win over the Raiders. With the win, coupled with a Cleveland State loss on Saturday, led to Green Bay reclaiming sole possession of the Horizon League regular season standings.

As mentioned above, Green Bay jumped out to an early 10-0 lead in the first 2:27 of the game. The Phoenix and the Raiders would match baskets the rest of the way in the opening period, holding a 25-15 lead after 10 minutes. Coming off the heels of a career high 21 points, Jasmine Kondrakiewicz scored 13 of her game high 20 points in the 1st quarter. Green Bay and Wright State played fairly even in the 2nd quarter, with the Raiders cutting into the lead at times, bringing it back to single digits but ended with the Phoenix extending the lead to 14, going into halftime with a 45-31 advantage.

In the third quarter, as the team has done almost all season, the Phoenix locked down defensively, holding Wright State to just 10 points in the quarter. Offensively, the Phoenix used the third period to extend the lead out to as much as 26, with a 21-point quarter. As the game closed, Wright State would cut into the lead but the game was never really in doubt.

Kondrakiewicz led all scorers with 20 points, an impressive encore to her career high 21 points she scored in Green Bay’s last game. Joining Jasmine with double digit scoring, it was the usual suspects for Green Bay, Maddy Schreiber, Natalie McNeil, and Cassie Schiltz all scoring 13 points a piece. The Phoenix were able to hold Wright State’s leading scorer Alexis Hutchison to 17 points, just shy of her 19.3 ppg average.

Looking ahead to Green Bay’s next contest, associate head coach Megan Vogel talked about how challenging of an opponent Cleveland State is, citing everything from the sight lines, to the stingy zone defense the Vikings play. Vogel would end her thoughts with “When we play our best, I don’t know if there’s a team in our league that can beat us.”

Green Bay will have just about a week off, before a first-place battle at Wolstein Center against Cleveland State on Saturday, February 3rd. Tip off is set for 1pm CT.

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