Green Bay, Wisconsin — Entering the game, based on Green Bay and Wright State being one and two, respectively in the conference, many fans anticipated the contest would be a nail biting, deadlocked game.
Well, that didn’t happen.
Green Bay controlled the score of the game from the tip, keeping a formidable lead the entire time. The Raiders went home stunned and confused, after getting thoroughly dominated, 62-41.
Although today wasn’t Wright State’s day, the Phoenix celebrated their big win and had a great start to the New Year.
Both teams have incredible and aggressive players, however, one player that definitely stood out this game was Green Bay’s Mehryn Kraker. She finished the game scoring 28, which is her new season-high. Scoring 10 above her average of 17.2 points per game, Kraker proved she was focused, and intent on her team not relinquishing her team’s tight grasp on the first-place position in the Horizon League.
Having the third best defense in the nation, the Phoenix held the Raiders 29 points below their average.
And Green Bay coach Kevin Borseth had a very simple, and matter-of-fact reason, of why Wright State struggled offensively: “Green Bay is good at not giving layups to other teams.”
Have to love it when a coach goes third person when referring to his team.
He continued: “We do our best to be stingy and rebound as good as we can.”
“I think we just have an attacking mentality; we know the second we stop attacking we won’t play as well as we can. Our team plays hard, so it’s easy to keep that going when we play all out,” stated Kraker on Green Bay’s aggressive play.
Thanks to Kraker’s scoring in the opening period of the game, Green Bay jumped out to a 12-point lead. Her confidence was a domino effect for the rest of her team as they fed off of her play to pat their lead. There was nothing Wright State could do as they lagged behind 25-12 in the first 10 minutes.
Once the second period began, though, the Raiders woke up in an attempt to get back into the game. Both teams turned up their intensity and showed us why this was a tough match-up, as the Phoenix only scored 10 points, and Wright State won the quarter with 11. Going into intermission, Green Bay still maintained the lead, though, 35-23.
Much like the first period, Wright State’s defense started to die as Green Bay outscored the Raiders 18-8. With a 22-point lead, the Phoenix did not let relent or take their foot off the pedal, as they finished the third period up, 53-31.
Another stand out player for Green Bay was Jessica Lindstrom whose tenacious energy helped the Phoenix defeat Wright State, 62-41. Lindstrom recorded a double-double of 13 points, 12 rebounds — including five offensive boards.
Kraker and Lindstrom together scored 66.1% of the teams total points as they led Green Bay to yet another victory, updating their overall record to 11-2, and conference record to 2-0. Wright State now has an overall record of 9-5 and fall to 1-1 in Horizon conference play.