Phoenix women bounce back at Youngstown State

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – Jessica Lindstrom continued her streak of dominance with another double-double, the 36th of her career to be exact, on Saturday afternoon against Youngstown State at the Beeghly Center. With her 21-point and 15-rebound performance, the forward from Superior, Wis., moved into the all-time lead for double-doubles in a career during Green Bay’s division I era.

Lindstrom passed All-American and WNBA Draft Pick Julie Wojta’s mark of 35, doing so in seven less games than one of the most prolific players in the rich Phoenix history of women’s basketball.

After suffering just its third loss of the season, second in conference play, the Phoenix (23-3, 13-2) left little to chance on the against host Penguins. Green Bay scored the first six points of the game, with Allie LeClaire, Jen Wellnitz and Lindstrom knocking down the first attempts of the afternoon.

The Phoenix advantage was 24-11 with seconds remaining in the opening quarter, when YSU’s Indiya Benjamin knocked down a half-court shot to lower the Green Bay advantage to 10 points.

The Penguins (13-14, 9-7) pulled within six points, 26-20, after a triple from McKenah Peters but baskets from Karly Murphy and Lindstrom quickly had the Phoenix lead back to 10 points.

As the teams headed to the locker at the half, Green Bay led things 35-28 with Youngstown State looking to hand the Phoenix its second-straight loss. Once the teams came back to the court, it was clear who intended on leaving the gym victorious, as Green Bay locked down the Penguins for its second scoreless quarter of the season.

The Phoenix outscored YSU 21-0 in the third and owned a 56-28 advantage heading into the final frame of play. Green Bay was the last to score in the second, making its total run 23-0. The Penguins were the first to strike in the fourth, but the damage was already done.

Green Bay secured a 67-42 win to close out its trip to Ohio, with all 10 Phoenix players who took the floor scoring in the victory.

Lindstrom’s double-double performance came from an extremely efficient effort from the field, with the senior knocking down 9-of-12 shots and 2-of-4 attempts from long range. She also doled out four assists and swiped two steals.

Jen Wellnitz scored nine points on a 3-for-8 shooting clip and converted on 75% (3-4) of her free throws in 19 minutes.

The Phoenix finished 25-59 (42.4%) from the field and limited the Penguins to just 14-52 (26.9%). A 21-rebound advantage favored the Phoenix when the final buzzer sounded, with Green Bay pulling down 47 rebounds compared to YSU’s 26.

Green Bay will take the floor for its third game in five days on Monday at UIC, with tipoff for the last road game of the regular season slated for 4 p.m.

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