Phoenix women bounce back against Milwaukee

GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – Allie LeClaire led all scorers with a season-high 28 points on Saturday afternoon as the Green Bay women's basketball team locked down in-state rival Milwaukee, 52-29, at the Kress Center in front of 2,801 fans to move to 12-2 on the season and 2-1 in league play.

The 29 points scored by the Panthers is the lowest in program history, besting the previous mark of 32 points also set against the Phoenix in the 2016 Horizon League Tournament Championship that saw Green Bay emerge with a 64-32 victory and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Milwaukee managed to score the first points of the matchup, a three-pointer from Bailey Farley, but from that point on the game was controlled by Green Bay on both sides of the ball. The Panthers were limited to just five points in the opening quarter, matching LeClaire's five as well, but still trailed the Phoenix team 10-5.

LeClaire's contributions continued into the second quarter as the senior finished the half 5-of-7 from the field with 16 points. Green Bay headed to the locker room with a 26-13 advantage after forcing the Panthers into 11 first-half turnovers while surrendering only three.

The struggles continued for Milwaukee into the second half and LeClaire showed no signs of slowing down, burying her fourth triple of the game just 30 seconds into the third quarter. All told, LeClaire finished the afternoon with 28 points on 10-for-15 shooting and a 5-for-9 mark from beyond the arc. The guard also finished with three assists, two rebounds and five steals in 30 minutes.

It was clear the Phoenix had no intentions of letting the Panthers claw back in the game in the final period, opening with a 12-3 run to lead 49-27 with just 4:27 left on the clock. Green Bay's defense matched its opening quarter efforts and held Milwaukee to just five points in the fourth, going on to defeat the Panthers 52-29 and move to 3-0 against teams from the state of Wisconsin.

Jessica Lindstrom and Karly Murphy dominated the boards all afternoon and finished with 10 rebounds apiece. Murphy added seven points, two steals and one assist to her stat line in 27 minutes.

The Phoenix owned a 22-10 edge in points in the paint and took full advantage of Milwaukee's 22 turnovers, owning a 26-2 advantage in points scored off turnovers. The quick speed of the Phoenix was also on full display with a 10-0 advantage in fast-break points.

Green Bay will continue its home stand next week when the team welcomes Youngstown State to the Kress Center on Thursday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. The game is also season ticket holder appreciation night and will feature a Bud Light Yeti Cooler giveaway.

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