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Green Bay picks up nonconference win over NDSU

GREEN BAY – The Green Bay women’s basketball team beat North Dakota State 70-52 at home Saturday on the strength of season-high performances from Sydney Levy and Jasmine Kondrakiewicz.
The pair each led the Phoenix (5-3) with 18 points each. Levy nailed four 3-point baskets, while Kondrakiewicz added six rebounds and two steals off the bench.
NDSU (6-4) got 13 points and seven rebounds from Elle Evans.
“We’ve played very well together, and we needed to get back to what we’re known for: Green Bay basketball,” said Phoenix coach Kevin Borseth. “I thought today was a great start. I thought we played hard, we played together.”
Green Bay jumped out to an early 10-4 lead, highlighted by two Julia Hartwig buckets in the first two minutes of the game. The Phoenix scored 16 points in the paint in the first quarter en route to a 19-12 advantage at the end of the period. Cassie Schiltz led the way for Green Bay with five first-quarter points.
Bolstered by efficient shooting from 3-point range, North Dakota State rallied to tie the game at 25 in the second quarter. The Bison eventually took a 28-27 lead before Green Bay went on a 5-0 run starting at the 1:53 mark. Kondrakiewicz hit a 3 off a Bailey Butler assist and Levy scored inside to give the Phoenix a 32-28 lead heading into halftime.
The game broke open for Green Bay in the third quarter, where a four-point lead at the start of the period turned into a 14-point lead by the end. A stingy Phoenix defense held NDSU to eight points and forced five turnovers. Levy scored eight straight Green Bay points in the early portion of the quarter, highlighted by two triples, as Green Bay took a 50-36 lead into the final quarter.
Five different Phoenix players scored to contribute to a 20-point fourth quarter. The Bison could never draw closer than 12 points, and Green Bay converted on four of its six attempts from deep. It was 8-for-17 on 3-pointers for the game. Green Bay’s lead peaked at 20 points with two minutes to play, and it finished at 18 after a Bison bucket.
The Phoenix will ride its two-game win streak into an in-state rivalry game against Wisconsin on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Green Bay is hosting the Badgers at the Kress Center for the first time since the Phoenix won 55-46 on Dec. 8, 2018.

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