Currently possessing the No. 4 RPI and No. 5 strength of schedule in the country, the Green Bay Phoenix improved to 6-1 on the season with a weekend win over No. 23 Marquette and are the NCAA.com Team of the Week.Taking the floor against a ranked opponent for the third-straight game, Green Bay defended its home court against Marquette with overwhelming defense and clutch plays down the stretch. Redshirt Freshman Karly Murphy notched the first double-double of her career with 11 points and 12 rebounds as the Phoenix downed the Golden Eagles, 63-55.
Jessica Lindstrom led the Phoenix with 15 points and also grabbed six rebounds, blocked one shot and had one steal in 35 minutes. Fellow senior Allie LeClaire also stepped up for the Phoenix with 13 points on a 6-for-12 effort from the field, pulled down six rebounds and tallied two steals in 35 minutes. Jen Wellnitz finished the afternoon in double digits, scoring 10 points and doling out a game-high four assists in 30 minutes.
Guess who checks in at No. 23 in the new AP Top 25! #ContinueTheRise pic.twitter.com/gSQuqCe50m— Green Bay Women’s Basketball (@gbphoenixwbb) December 4, 2017
The Green Bay defense held Marquette to its lowest points total on the season by nearly 30 points, as the Golden Eagles entered the matchup with a season-low 83 points in a win versus Loyola Maryland. The victory improves Green Bay's record versus Marquette to 35-8 and increases its winning streak to six games over the Golden Eagles. The tenacity of the Phoenix defense held Marquette's top four scorers entering the game to a combined 20 points. The four entered the matchup averaging a combined 48.9 points per game.
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The win marks Green Bay's second victory over a ranked opponent this season, its first being a win over No. 24 Arizona State on Nov. 24 in the Cancun Challenge. It also pushes the Phoenix to 2-0 against in-state rivals in 2017-18, having defeated Wisconsin 67-34 earlier in the season. The lone loss for the Phoenix this season came on Nov. 25 at the hands of current No. 6 ranked Mississippi State, also at the Cancun Challenge.
A 17-time NCAA Tournament participant, Green Bay is again the team to beat in the Horizon League.
Congratulations, @murphh16!— Green Bay Women’s Basketball (@gbphoenixwbb) December 4, 2017
A well-deserved honor for our fantastic freshman!#ContinueTheRise pic.twitter.com/Ul84JiVkW1
The next matchup for the Phoenix will come on Wednesday, Dec. 6 when the team travels to Dayton, Ohio for a game with Dayton.