Phoenix WBB rolls with best defensive effort ever

DETROIT, Mich. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – No. 23/22 Green Bay dominated on both sides of the floor Thursday night at Calihan Hall in Detroit, Mich., as the Phoenix (16-2, 6-1) held the Titans to the second-fewest points in the program’s division I era in the 85-27 victory. It was also the fewest points scored in Detroit Mercy’s history, besting the previous mark of 31.

Although the Titans (17-1, 1-6) only managed to score six points in the first half, they were on the board first after Brittany Jackson found the bottom of the net on the first offensive possession. Green Bay quickly responded with a 19-0 run, nine of which were scored by senior Jessica Lindstrom, and led things 19-6 at the end of the frame.

Green Bay set a record, one that can never be bested, for fewest points in a quarter in the second period and held Detroit Mercy scoreless for the full 10 minutes. The Phoenix matched its offensive production from the opening quarter and scored 19 points to own a 38-6 advantage at the half.

After back-to-back games of holding its opponents to 12 points, Green Bay cut that number in half and allowed just six after forcing the Titans to shoot 3-for-20 from the field and surrender 17 turnovers. The 32-point advantage at the break was a season high for Green Bay, overtaking the previous mark of 24 against Bradley on Dec. 16.

Green Bay enjoyed its most productive quarter of the evening in the third, scoring 26 points and once again holding UDM to single digits with only six. The Phoenix carried a 64-12 lead into the final period after shooting 58.3% from the floor in the third.

The Titans’ offense proved to be more productive in the final minutes, reaching double digits in the quarter and outscoring its previous three quarters combined. Green Bay, however, went on to secure the second-largest margin of victory in the division I era at 58 points, second only to the program’s 84-25 victory over Youngstown State on Feb. 5, 2011.

Frankie Wurtz scored a game-high 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting, followed closely by Jessica Lindstrom with 14 points and nine rebounds in 23 minutes.

Green Bay scored a season-high 85 points in the victory and shot 50% (30-60) from the field. Green Bay’s bench poured in a season-high 48 points and was led by freshman Lyndsey Robson with a career-high 12 points and Madison Wolf with 12 points.

Green Bay returns to the court and closes out its three-game road trip on Saturday at Oakland, taking the floor at the O’rena at 2 p.m. CT.