Offensive rebounding hurts Green Bay in loss
By Murray Gleffe
GREEN BAY — The Green Bay women’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a series of cold spells on both ends of the floor and fell to Wright St. 70-58 at the Kress Events Center Dec. 30.
“[Wright St. center] Tyler Frierson is a big kid,” said Green Bay head coach Kevin Borseth. “They had 20 points from offensive rebounds. We’re trying to figure out the right combination to have on the floor is what my job is.”
Frankie Wurtz led Green Bay with 13 points, five rebounds and one assist before fouling out late in the Horizon League game.
Mackenzie Wolf pumped in 12 points and grabbed four rebounds while playing 35 minutes.
The Phoenix attempted 36 three-point shots and made only nine (25 percent).
The Raiders were led by Angel Baker’s 25 points on 5-of-8 shooting from behind the arc.
Green Bay (6-8 overall, 1-1 Horizon) fell behind 9-2 with poor outside shooting and trailed 14-5 after one quarter.
The Phoenix went 0-7 from behind the arc while missing 3-of-4 free throws.
With 8:38 left in the second quarter and only two made field goals, Green Bay proceeded to go on an 18-5 run behind the play of Karly Murphy and Caitlyn Hibner, who contributed 13 combined points during the spurt to give the Phoenix a four-point lead.
A mini-run by the Raiders (6-7 overall, 1-1 Horizon) to end the second quarter had Green Bay trailing 24-23 at the half while shooting under 30 percent.
Wright St. wasn’t much better, hitting 9-of-32 shots.
The Phoenix dictated play in the third quarter, taking a 34-31 lead after Madison Wolf powered up a layup from underneath the basket.
It would be the last lead Green Bay would enjoy the rest of the night.
The Raiders suddenly couldn’t miss, with half of their possessions kept alive by offensive rebounding.
During the 23-10 run which gave Wright St. a 54-44 lead, Baker went off from inside and out.
Frierson, Shamarre Hale and Jada Roberson provided the muscle underneath to ensure second-chance points for the visitors.
The Phoenix pulled to within four points twice down the stretch but couldn’t get the stops they needed.
“We are going to keep plugging away,” Borseth said. “We need to get better rhythm with our shots, or maybe we are and not knocking down shots. It’s the most threes we’ve taken in a while. Everything is a little cloudy right now.”
Wright St.: 14, 10, 25, 21—70
Green Bay: 5, 18, 21, 14—58
Raiders: Baker 25, Miller 19, Frierson 7, Stover 5, Hale 4, Roberson 4, Harris 3, Beck 3.
Phoenix: Wurtz 13, Mack Wolf 12, Madison Wolf 8, Murphy 7, Oskey 6, Hibner 6, Robson 6.