YSU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL | Preview
Who: YSU (8-19, 4-12) vs. UW-Green Bay (22-5, 14-2).When: Today, 8 p.m. Where: Phoenix Sports Center, Green Bay, Wis.
Radio: WNIO-AM 1390.Coaches: Tisha Hill (24-59) is in her third season at YSU; Kevin Borseth (186-59) is in his eighth season at Green Bay.The series: Green Bay leads 14-1, including a pair of wins this season -- 74-49 in Youngstown and 81-69 in Green Bay. YSU's only win in the series came last season when the Penguins upset the Phoenix 60-56 in Green Bay.
YSU starters: Monique Godfrey, 5-foot-8 freshman guard (5 points per game, 2.8 rebounds per game, 1.9 assists per game); Ashlee Russo, 5-7, senior guard (10.5, 3.1, 2.4); Kristy Gaudiose, 5-7 junior guard (11.3, 3.5, 1.4); Aliyah Sabree, 5-8 senior forward (2.3, 2.3, 0.8); Jessica Schloemp, 6-3 sophomore forward (8.9, 7, 0.8).
UW-Green Bay starters: Nicole Soulis, 6-2 junior forward (18.9 points per game, 6.7 rebounds per game, 1 assists per game); Natalie Berglin, 5-7 junior guard (14.4, 3.4, 5.1); Amanda Popp, 5-10 junior guard (10.7, 3.9, 1.9); Kayla Groh, 5-7 sophomore guard (8.3, 3, 2.5); Rachel Porath, 5-10 freshman forward (6, 3.7, 2.8).
Game notes: In the four previous seasons in the Horizon League the Penguins have never won a postseason tournament game losing four straight. The Penguins got a little momentum for the tournament by winning their regular season final at home over Loyola 60-54 a week ago. Turnovers have been the big problem for the Penguins. They are averaging 14.7 for all games this year, but against Horizon League teams that average jumps up to 19.5 per contest. This will mark the first time YSU and Green Bay have met in the Horizon League tournament. The two teams met in the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament back in 1992-93 with the Phoenix winning 73-63. Green Bay comes into the game with four straight victories. The Phoenix has played in the tournament championship game each of the last 10 seasons and has won seven of those games.
Next up: If the Penguins beat the Phoenix, they would then host the Horizon League's semifinals at Beeghly Center on Sunday and the finals on Monday if they would advance. YSU would play the winner of tonight's Wright State-UIC game at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. If the Penguins lose to the Phoenix, the semifinals and finals would be held at the highest remaining seed still alive.
-- Pete Mollica