#37 Green Bay Women's Basketball 2018-2019 Preview

Green Bay Phoenix
Overall Rank: #37
Conference Rank: #1 Horizon
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Coach Kevin Borseth has spent 15 seasons leading Green Bay, once from 1998 to 2007 and then again starting in 2012. In those 15 campaigns, the Phoenix have won the conference title every single season. That is impressive. This year Green Bay will need to replace top two scorers Jessica Lindstrom and Allie LeClaire, but the program has enough talent ready to step up and lead the team to yet another conference crown and NCAA Tournament appearance.
2017-18 Record: 29-4, 16-2
2017-18 Postseason: NCAA
Coach: Kevin Borseth
Coach Record: 379-95 at Green Bay, 662-261 overall
Key Departed Players (starters in bold)
Jessica Lindstrom, Guard/Forward, 15.1 ppg
Allie LeClaire, Guard, 14.3 ppg
Key Returning Players (starters in bold)
Karley Murphy, Sophomore, Forward, 8.1 ppg
Jen Wellnitz, Senior, Guard, 5.5 ppg
Caitlyn Hibner, Junior, Guard, 5.3 ppg
Frankie Wurtz, Junior, Guard, 6.5 ppg
Mackenzie Wolf, Junior, Forward/Center, 3.7 ppg
Madison Wolf, Junior, Forward/Center, 3.4 ppg
Laken James, Senior, Guard, 2.8 ppg
Lyndsey Robson, Sophomore, Guard/Forward, 2.7 ppg
Meghan Pingel, Sophomore, Guard, 0.5 ppg
Anna Dier, Junior, Forward, DNP last season
Key New Players
Anna Brecht, RS Freshman, Guard
Patrica Gallasova, Freshman, Guard
Carly Mohns, Senior, Forward, Grad Transfer from Iowa
Hailey Oskey, Freshman, Guard
Seven players are back who averaged at least a dozen minutes per game last season. Karley Murphy was the most productive, averaging 8.1 points and 4.2 rebounds. The sophomore could be ready to be a more dominating force in the paint. Jen Wellnitz will be the senior leader of the team after averaging 5.5 points and 4.4 assists last season. Wellnitz may not do much scoring, but she will make sure everybody else is put in a position to score. Caitlyn Hibner and Frankie Wurtz are the likely candidates in the backcourt to see their scoring output increase dramatically this season. Both are threats to shoot from long range and Hibner can use her strength and size to attack the basket and help out on the glass as well. But with Mackenzie and Madison Wolf, Green Bay has plenty of size all over the floor. Green Bay is always going to play great defense, but to live up to their ever growing expectations, Green Bay needs a couple players to emerge as consistent scoring threats.
Projected Postseason Tournament: NCAA
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 65.6 (162nd in nation, 5th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 47.4 (1, 1)
Field-Goal Percentage: 44.3 (38, 2)
Field-Goal Defense:32.6 (2, 1)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 5.5 (198, 7)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 30.9 (198, 7)
Free-Throw Percentage: 65.2 (296, 8)
Rebound Margin: 9.2 (10, 1)
Assists Per Game:14.9 (82, 1)
Turnovers Per Game: 12.5 (30, 2)