#27 Green Bay Women's Basketball 2016-2017 Preview

Green Bay Phoenix
Overall Rank: #27
Conference Rank: #1 Horizon
Green Bay once again finished their season in the NCAA Tournament. The Phoenix earned a ten seed, but got a tough draw against Tennessee and fell to the Lady Vol’s 59-53. With four starters returning, Green Bay should finish this season in a similar situation, but perhaps with a better seed. Jessica Lindstrom emerged as the team’s most dangerous player last season. The 6-1 wing can shoot the ball over most opposing defenders or get around smaller defenders and finish around the basket. On top of her 10.0 points per game, she added a team high 8.8 rebounds.
2015-16 Record: 28-5, 16-2
2015-16 Postseason: NCAA
Coach: Kevin Borseth
Coach Record: 323-85 at Green Bay, 410-158 overall
Key Departed Players (starters in bold)
Kaili Lukan, Guard, 9.9 ppg
Tesha Buck, Guard, 8.9 ppg
Mariah Monke, Forward, 2.5 ppg
Key Returning Players (starters in bold)
Allie LeClaire, Junior, Guard, 12.5 ppg
Mehryn Kraker, Senior, Forward, 11.6 ppg
Jessica Lindstrom, Junior, Guard, 10.0 ppg
Lexi Weitzer, Senior, Center, 3.8 ppg
Sam Terry, Senior, Guard, 4.6 ppg
Jen Wellnitz, Sophomore, Guard, 1.7 ppg
Laken James, Sophomore, Guard, 1.6 ppg
Key New Players
Anna Dier, Freshman, Forward
Caitlyn Hibner, Freshman, Guard
Karly Murphy, Freshman, Forward
Meghan Pingel, Freshman, Guard
Mackenzie Wolf, RS Freshman, Forward/Center
Madison Wolf, RS Freshman, Forward/Center
Frankie Wurtz, RS Freshman, Guard
Lindstrom is just one of many shooters on this team. Allie LeClaire and Mehryn Kraker are also very good outside shooters and were the team’s top scorers last season. Lexi Weitzer provides the presence in the paint. The 6-3 senior is not going to score too much, especially with all of the other scorers on this team, but she is a solid defender and helped Green Bay allow the opposition to shoot just 36.3 percent from the floor last season. Coach Kevin Borseth can go seven deep with his returning players and there is not a huge need for the large group of newcomers to make a big impact. However, the four incoming freshmen and three redshirt freshmen are capable of at least providing even more depth if Green Bay needs it.
Projected Postseason Tournament: NCAA
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 66.2 (127th in nation, 5th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 52.2 (9, 1)
Field-Goal Percentage: 42.2 (70, 2)
Field-Goal Defense: 36.3 (30, 1)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 7.7 (28, 3)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 32.5 (109, 3)
Free-Throw Percentage: 65.3 (288, 7)
Rebound Margin: 5.3 (49, 3)
Assists Per Game: 14.5 (79, 3)
Turnovers Per Game: 13.2 (29, 1)