DETROIT, Mich. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) DETROIT, Mich. – Taking the floor for the first-time ever at the Little Caesars Arena, the top-seeded Green Bay women’s basketball team buckled down to defeat No. 8 Northern Kentucky in the Motor City Madness Quarterfinals, 62-49.
It was a slow start for the Phoenix (27-3), who trailed at the half for just the fifth time this season, 27-24. At the break Northern Kentucky had connected five times from long range and was perfect from the line at 6-for-6.
The Phoenix responded in the second half with a 12-3 run ignited by a triple from Jen Wellnitz and never looked back. The Phoenix went on to construct a 45-37 lead as the teams headed to the final quarter.
Green Bay allowed NKU just 12 points in the final frame and punched its ticket to the semifinals with a 62-49 victory.
Allie LeClaire led all scorers with 21 points in the quarterfinals matchup, hitting on seven of her 18 attempts from the field. The senior also finished nearly perfect at the line, 5-for-6, in 38 minutes.
Jessica Lindstrom recorded her 17th double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds, bringing her career total to an even 40 double-doubles. The forward finished 5-of-11 from the field in 38 minutes.
Karly Murphy had an efficient outing in the first playoff action of her Phoenix career, finishing with nine points on a 4-for-4 effort from the field.
Green Bay improved its all-time record in the Horizon League women’s basketball tournament to 58-9 with the victory and advanced to the league’s semifinal round for the 23rd-consecutive season.
Green Bay will return to the court against the winner of Game 10 (No. 4 Milwaukee/No. 5 Youngstown State) in the Motor City Madness Semifinals on Monday at 12 p.m. (CT).