The Green Bay women’s basketball team secured its longest winning streak of the season on Friday night in front of 2,510 fans at the Kress Center, picking up its seventh-straight victory by downing league-foe UIC, 65-36.
The win over the visiting Flames (7-13, 0-9) improved Green Bay’s all-time record to 69-6 against the Chicago-based program and increased its winning streak against the rival to 18 games.
Allie LeClaire and Frankie Wurtz both finished with 13 points for the Phoenix (18-2, 8-1), while Jessica Lindstrom had her 10th double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Green Bay forced 25 turnovers for the second time in three games and scored 23 points off the miscues. The team had 13 steals and limited the Flames to 37.5 percent shooting (15-for-40).
The Phoenix jumped out to a 15-6 lead after the first quarter, but some hot shooting by the Flames got them to within 18-17 with seven minutes remaining in the first half after a quick 11-0 run highlighted by a trio of three-pointers from Tylah Lampley, Taylor Toney and Brittany Byrd.
Green Bay responded by scoring seven straight and led 31-24 at the break. It kept the momentum going in the third quarter and pulled away, going up by 16 points and leading by 20 or more for the final 6:56.
The Phoenix shot just 3-for-20 from three-point range, but the nation’s stingiest defense more than helped offset the less than ideal performance beyond the arc.
In the second half, UIC was allowed just 12 total points as the Phoenix seemed to ‘flip the script’ in comparison to its first half defensive efforts against Cleveland State (12 points), IUPUI (12 points) and Detroit Mercy (six points).
Green Bay continued its domination on the boards and in the paint in the victory over UIC, owning a 34-28 edge in rebounding and outscoring the Flames 32-12 inside.
Former Phoenix standout Nicole Soulis was recognized during the first half and will be inducted into the Green Bay Hall of Fame on Saturday. Soulis is second all-time on the program’s career scoring list with 1,921 points from 2004 to 2007.
The next matchup for the Phoenix will feature the only league program to match Green Bay’s 8-1 record at the halfway point of the conference season, as IUPUI (16-4, 8-1) will be welcomed to the Kress Center at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon