It was a rocky start for the Green Bay Phoenix women, but the Phoenix faithful left the Kress Center happy with Green Bay defeating the Northern Kentucky Norse, 67-51. The win marks head coach Kevin Borseth’s 500th win as the coach of the Green Bay Phoenix, and 812th NCAA win.
As mentioned above, it was a tough start for the Phoenix as Northern Kentucky landed the first punch, jumping out to a 15-4 lead in the first 4:18. Green Bay closed the opening quarter with a 10-0 run to go into the break. In the second, the Phoenix would grab a lead and traded the lead with the Norse. It looked like the game would go into halftime with a tie, but Jasmine Kondrakiewicz hunted down an offensive rebound and dished to Callie Genke for a 3 at the buzzer to give Green Bay a 31-28 halftime lead.
Green Bay kept the momentum going, scoring the first 13 points of the period, totaling for a 16-0 run across the halftime break. Green Bay would outscore the Norse 24-8 in the 3rd quarter. The Phoenix lead would balloon to as much as 22 points before the Norse would chip back into it. Northern Kentucky did outscore Green Bay in the 4th period 15-12, however it was too little too late.
Maddy Schreiber led all scorers with 16 points to pace the Phoenix, with Jasmine Kondrakiewicz and Natalie McNeal each adding 12 points as well. McNeal was an incredible force on the glass as well, tying her career high with 16 rebounds.
The Phoenix women are back at home on Saturday afternoon, hosting the IUPUI Jaguars in their annual PinkZone game. Tipoff is set for 1pm CT.