GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – The Green Bay women’s basketball team takes to the court against someone other than itself on Saturday, tipping off against St. Cloud State in exhibition action at 1 p.m. at the Kress Center.
Live stats will be available for the game, and it will be carried locally on 1440 WNFL AM with the pregame show starting at 12:45 p.m. Fans can also stream live audio onGreenBayPhoenix.com or through the Green Bay Phoenix app on their smartphone.
1. Something’s Missing: Green Bay will take to the court Saturday missing four of its five starters and one key reserve from a season ago when it went 29-3, capturing its 15th-consecutive Horizon League regular season title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 14th time in program history. Those five individuals combined to provide 74.4% of the Phoenix offensive production last year.
2. A Helping Hand: Returning starter Megan Lukan (Barrie, Ontario) led the team last year with 142 assists (4.4 APG) and stood third with 41 steals (1.3 SPG). All told, Lukan averaged 7.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 31.9 minutes per game in 2012-13.
3. More Familiar Faces: In addition to Megan Lukan, the Phoenix returns six players that saw playing time last year. Breannah Ranger (Skokie, Ill.), Sam Zastrow (Algoma, Wis.),Brionna Barnett (Elkhart, Ind.), Taylor Thomas (Wausau, Wis.), Kaili Lukan (Barrie, Ontario) and Ellen Edison (Maple Grove, Minn.) all appeared on the court for Green Bay.
4. Home Sweet Home: Green Bay plays two exhibition games at the Kress Center before getting the regular season underway on November 8 against Northern Illinois. It will be the first time in 26 seasons that the Phoenix starts its season at home. Since the Kress opened in 2007, the Phoenix has gone 95-6 on its home court.
5. Ties to the Competition: Assistant coach Megan Vogel may have some insight for the Phoenix and what it can expect against St. Cloud State on Saturday. Vogel served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Huskies for three seasons before accepting the position at Green Bay this summer.
Division II St. Cloud State is a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) and was picked to finish fifth in the overall league standings and first in the north division, as voted on by the conference coaches.
The Huskies return two starters from last season when the team went 19-9 overall and 14-8 in the NSIC, winning the north division and finishing fourth overall. Returning starters Jessica Benson and Sam Price both earned second team all-conference honors a season ago and were also the team’s top two scorers. Benson started all 28 games and led the team averaging 14.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Price also started all 28 contests and averaged 13.7 points per game.