GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – Jessica Lindstrom led all scorers with 19 points on Saturday afternoon at the Kress Center as Green Bay welcomed South Dakota State for a matchup that pit two of the top mid-major programs in the country against one another. The Phoenix handed the Jackrabbits their first loss of the season, 55-41, and improved to 3-0 after securing another double-digit victory to open the 2017-18 campaign.
Lindstrom also grabbed 10 boards on the afternoon to notch her first double-double of the season and move into 10th place on Green Bay's all-time rebounding list with 710 in her career. The native of Superior, Wis., finished the night 7-of-13 from the field and 2-for-6 from beyond the arc in 37 minutes. She also doled out one assist, blocked one shot and swiped two steals.
Green Bay (3-0) set the tone defensively early on, holding SDSU (3-1) to nine points in the first quarter and not allowing them to sink any of their four three-point field goal attempts. The Phoenix scored five points off turnovers as it constructed a 16-9 lead after the first 10 minutes, one it would not relinquish the rest of the way.
The Jackrabbits were never able to figure out a solution to the Phoenix defense that has caused problems all season for opposing offenses, finishing the game 12-for-52 and 3-of-20 from three-point range. The Green Bay defense has now held its opponents to a combined 7-for-52 (13.5%) from long range.
Lindstrom granted Green Bay its largest lead of the game midway through the fourth quarter after a nice move down low created enough space for a layup to push the Phoenix advantage to 17 points, 51-34. The Jackrabbits continued to launch from long range as time winded down, but all efforts were in vain as Green Bay staved off the attempts to secure a 55-41 victory.
Frankie Wurtz finished the afternoon with double-digit scoring contributions for the second-straight game, adding 10 points to the Phoenix tally while securing three rebounds and collecting two assists in 34 minutes. Karly Murphy tied her career high with eight points and set a new single-game personal best with nine rebounds in 17 minutes. Caitlyn Hibner followed up her career night at Wisconsin on Wednesday by pulling down a career-high eight rebounds in 29 minutes.
Green Bay dominated the game inside all afternoon, outscoring South Dakota State 36-16 in the paint. The Phoenix also held an edge in points off turnovers (13-7) and second-chance points (15-5). The victory improved Green Bay’s all-time record against SDSU to 5-1.
The Phoenix will now migrate south for the Cancun Challenge next week as it prepares for matchups with Columbia (Nov. 23), Arizona State (Nov. 24) and Mississippi State (Nov. 25).