State Women's D1 hoops round-up: UWGB claims Horizon League titleWisconsin Sports
- UW-Green Bay clinched a share of the Horizon League title for the 12th straight time while UWM lost its fourth straight contest. UW-Madison's women's team plays Purdue this evening in the Big Ten Tournament.
The UW-Green Bay women’s basketball team crushed Youngstown State 84-45 at home last night. The Phoenix clinched at least a share of their 12th straight Horizon League regular season title – and they secured home court advantage throughout next week’s conference tournament.
Green Bay also won its 25th consecutive home game. They jumped out to a 14-0 lead and were up by 35 at the half, and as many as 43 later on. The Phoenix had 25 assists, a record in the Kress Center. And their bench players scored 34 points, led by Morgan Faase with a career-high 13 points. Heather Golden led Green Bay with 15, as the Phoenix shot 54-percent. Brandi Brown had 12 points for Youngstown State, the nation’s only winless team. They’re now 0-28 overall and 0-17 in the Horizon League. Green Bay improved to 14-3 in the league and 25-3 overall. They’ll close out their regular season tomorrow at home against Cleveland State.
The UW-Milwaukee women lost their fourth straight game last night, 74-to-56 to Cleveland State at home. The Panthers trailed by as many as 26 points before they got to within 14 in the second half. The Vikings sealed the win with a 30-to-9 run at the end of the first half and into the second. Kailey Klein and Shawnita Garland each scored 13 for Cleveland State, which shot 50-percent while clinching the number-four seed in next week’s Horizon League tournament. The Vikings improved to 11-6 in the conference and 16-12 overall. Lindsay Laur had 21 points and 10 rebounds for UW-Milwaukee, which fell to 5-12 in the conference and 10-18 overall. The Panthers will finish their regular season tomorrow at home against Youngstown State.
This evening, the Wisconsin women will play Purdue in their first Big Ten Tournament game in Indianapolis at Conseco Fieldhouse. The game will be on the Big Ten Network at approximately 7:30 p.m. Wisconsin is 0-2 vs. Purdue in the tournament and has generally struggled in the postseason event - going 7-15 and never advancing past the semifinals - while Purdue has won seven Big Ten Tournament championships since the event began in 1995. However, UW has the better record this season, going in at 20-9 overall and 10-8 in the league while the Boilermakers are 14-15 overall, 9-9 in the conference.