GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – Taking the floor against a ranked opponent for the third-straight game, the Green Bay women's basketball team defended its home court against No. 23/23 Marquette with overwhelming defense and clutch plays down the stretch. Redshirt Freshman Karly Murphy notched the first double-double of her career with 11 points and 12 rebounds as the Phoenix downed the Golden Eagles, 63-55.
The win marks Green Bay's second victory over a ranked opponent this season, its first being a win over No. 24 Arizona State on November 24 in the Cancun Challenge. It also pushes the Phoenix to 2-0 against in-state rivals in 2017-18, having defeated Wisconsin 67-34 earlier in the season.
Green Bay (6-1) benefited from a hot start, jumping out to a 13-4 lead over Marquette (3-3) after a triple from Jessica Lindstrom with 5:40 remaining in the opening quarter. The Golden Eagles then battled back with an 8-2 run to make it a one-possession game, 15-12, with 2:28 left in the quarter.
The Phoenix constructed a double-digit lead, 32-14, in the second quarter after a 13-2 run capped off by a three-pointer from Frankie Wurtz. The Golden Eagles once again refused to go away and eventually lowered the deficit to six points, 56-50, with 3:18 to play.
Green Bay's lead would never dip under six points as time disappeared from the clock, in fact the Phoenix would build its advantage back up to 63-52 with 18 seconds left, but a triple from Marquette's Wilborn would bring it back to single digits, 63-55, as time expired.
The Green Bay defense held Marquette to its lowest points total on the season by nearly 30 points, as the Golden Eagles entered the matchup with a season-low 83 points in a win versus Loyola Maryland. The victory improves Green Bay's record versus Marquette to 35-8 and increases its winning streak to six games over the Golden Eagles.
Jessica Lindstrom led the Phoenix with 15 points and also grabbed six rebounds, blocked one shot and swiped one steal in 35 minutes. Fellow senior Allie LeClaire also stepped up for the Phoenix with 13 points on a 6-for-12 effort from the field, pulled down six rebounds and tallied two steals in 35 minutes. Jen Wellnitz finished the afternoon in double digits, scoring 10 points and doling out a game-high four assists in 30 minutes.
Laken James scored two of her six points with 52 seconds left in the game to push Green Bay's advantage to 60-52 and offering some breathing room as time winded down. James also grabbed a career-high nine rebounds and finished with one assist in 33 minutes.
The tenacity of the Phoenix defense held Marquette's top four scorers entering the game to a combined 20 points. The four entered the matchup averaging a combined 48.9 points per game.
The next matchup for the Phoenix will come on Wednesday, December 6 when the team travels to Dayton, Ohio for a matchup with Dayton at 10 a.m.
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