As always, the Phoenix women’s basketball team gets some of America’s heavyweight programs to visit the Kress Events Center every year. This Saturday (Nov. 21), it’s nationally respected Vanderbilt, of the powerful SEC, tipping off against the Phoenix at 1 p.m. As of this writing, we have no game preview to link to, but we can tell you to check out the video package online. (It also includes an ESPN SportsCenter clip of freshman Laken James’ half-court shot vs Marquette!) Go to the main Athletics home page, click this week’s Phoenix Update, enjoy a commercial break, and catch the video highlights.
In a promising sign for Phoenix basketball 2015-16, Green Bay players have swept the first Horizon League player of the week awards. Carrington Love was the leading scorer in the Phoenix’s 93-89 loss to Stanford, torching the Pac-12 opponent for 32 points and six 3-pointers in the game, which established new career highs. On the women’s side Kaili Lukan posted a very impressive 22 points and 10 rebounds in the Phoenix’s 75-55 Kress Center victory over Marquette. For more on the honors, go to.
The Phoenix women’s game Friday (Nov. 13) is Military Appreciation Night. The UW-Green Bay players will be sporting special jerseys honoring 14 local female service. Prior to the game, Debbie Thomas (Green Bay), Lynn Geiser (Howard), Billie Ellwanger (Oconto Falls), Karrie Milheiser (Kaukauna), Ashley Couillard (Townsend), Lindsey West (Allouez), Katie McDonald (Kewaunee), Renee Jackson (Green Bay), Betty Allen (Green Bay), Kyrsten Pedersen (New Lisbon), Mary Long (Green Bay), Andrea Fox (Green Bay), Jennifer Riel (Abrams), and Ashley Willes (Green Bay) will take the floor with the Phoenix for the national anthem.
The Phoenix Bookstore will be providing scratch-off cards revealing surprise deals this Friday (Nov. 13). A’viands’ 10 percent discount for wearing Phoenix colors and logos comes to the Garden Café this Friday. Playing at Cheapseats this week is “We are Your Friends,” at 6:30 and 9:05 p.m. This Friday also kicks off another UWGB Nites for students: indoors with the outdoors theme. The University Union hosts the activities including hover ball archery, a log rolling competition, life-sized Angry Birds, bug eating (?), snowshoe races and more. What’s more, real basketball is here. The Green Bay women host Marquette in their first D-I competition of the season, when the archrival Golden Eagles visit the Kress Center for a 7 p.m. tip. Go Green Bay!
The University of Illinois has fired athletic director Mike Thomas prior to releasing the final report of its investigation into alleged mistreatment of football and women’s basketball players. The report also determined that accusations of racial bias by seven former women’s basketball players against coach Matt Bollant — who took the Illini coaching reigns a year after leading the UWGB Phoenix to a Sweet 16 berth — were unfounded. Assistant Mike Divilbiss, also formerly of Green Bay, quit after accusations were made against him. (Those, too, were not substantiated by the school’s review.)
The Green Bay women’s basketball program is set to welcome St. Norbert to the Kress Events Center Thursday (tonight) for its final unofficial action of the 2015-16 season, with tipoff slated for 7 p.m. Coach Kevin Borseth’s team is coming off yet another NCAA Division I tournament season, while St. Norbert returns eight of its top nine scorers from its 22-4 Division III Tournament squad from last year. Read more.
For the eighth consecutive season, the Green Bay women’s basketball team will enter the season as the Horizon League preseason favorite, as announced by the league office during its media day event on Wednesday. Receiving pre-season recognition for the Phoenix were first-team all-Horizon designees Tesha Buck and Mehryn Kraker. For more.
The Green Bay women’s basketball team thumped Minnesota-Duluth at the Kress Center on Saturday afternoon, winning their exhibition opener 80-25. The Phoenix led 55-13 at the end of three quarters. (Yes, the NCAA women’s game has moved from 20-minute halves to four 10-minute quarters.) Next up for Coach Kevin Borseth’s team is a Thursday date (Nov. 5, 7 p.m.) with St. Norbert visiting the Kress to conclude exhibition play. Also this past Saturday, the Green Bay men’s basketball team took to the Resch Center floor for the first time in 2015-16 under new head coach Linc Darner, and went all “RP40” in a 95-41 victory over UW-Stout. For more on either game.
UW-Green Bay Brown County United Way campaign opens with a new wrinkle this year, a complimentary kickoff lunch, served picnic-style, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Thursday (Oct. 29) at the Shorewood Clubhouse. Sponsors are corporate partners A’viands, Pepsi and the Shorewood Golf Course. Campaign director Rick Warpinski emphasizes the event “is a FREE, no-obligation, no-hard-sell lunch” meant to drum up awareness of the United Way’s good work locally. “Please join your fellow colleagues at this new event in support of our collective efforts to strengthen our local community through Brown County United Way programs, services, and agency-funding support,” he writes. “We will have materials about Brown County United Way programs and services and the fundraising campaign if you are interested.” RSVPs are requested.
— Here’s information about United Way and its role in the community
— Make a pledge and you enter the drawing for a FIAT 500 Pop, which will be onsite for your viewing pleasure
— Green Bay Athletics is also helping to encourage participation in the campaign: A $25 pledge gets you a Women’s Basketball BOGO ticket offer. Pledge $50 and receive two 2015-2016 Women’s Basketball tickets for free. To check out the schedule of games.
The Green Bay women’s basketball team will open its 2015-16 season on Friday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., hosting archrival Marquette on Military Appreciation Day at the Kress. All veterans and current service members will receive free ticket to the game, and their guests will receive discounted game tickets at the price of $5 for adults and youth. Phoenix players will also wear special jerseys honoring local female service members. Prior to the game, the service members who are being honored with their names on the back of the jerseys will take the floor with the Green Bay women’s basketball team for the national anthem. At halftime, the Phoenix Hero Award will be presented. Last week, head coach Kevin Borseth surprised the award’s recipient, UWGB staff member Elaina Koltz, with the announcement and news she’d have a special seat courtside on the 13th. Koltz, who is today a financial aid adviser and veteran’s services coordinator, spent 22 years in the military including five years in Germany as administrative assistant to the Commander in Chief of Europe and the Seventh Army, General Glenn K. Otis. For more on the day and honors, and a video of Borseth’s surprise visit to Koltz.