Go Green: Phoenix women provide holiday cheer
More than 100 fans packed two buses to cheer the Green Bay women’s basketball team to victory on Dec. 23 over the Badgers in Madison. Light snow made travel slow, but the fans joined hundreds of others to fill a section behind the team bench, just in time for tip-off. The 65-49 road win was also the team’s seventh straight against Big Ten opponents.
The Phoenix is 12-0 overall, 2-0 in the Horizon League and one of only five team with a perfect record remaining in the Top 25. The team has three road games before returning to the Kress Events Center on January 19 and 21 for games against Youngstown State and Cleveland State.
Also over the holiday break, the Phoenix climbed in the AP poll to No. 17 and ESPN/USA Today poll has the team holding steady at No. 14. ESPN is the media outlet with the most comprehensive coverage of college women’s basketball and Graham Hays of ESPN.com is one of the nation’s most knowledgeable and widely read analysts in the game. When he suggests a player deserves all-America recognition… it means something. Hays recently traveled to Green Bay to report on the Phoenix and the team’s senior leader, Julie Wojta. He describes UW-Green Bay as a different kind of program, and Wojta as a different kind of superstar (unselfish to a fault.) An excerpt:
“Wojta scored 24 points against Illinois on a neutral court and 29 points at Wisconsin. She shoots 56 percent from the floor, 86 percent from the free throw line, 40 percent from the 3-point line and ranks 19th in the nation at 19.7 points per game (in addition to 20th in rebounding and 14th in steals). She nevertheless treats shots like a polite dinner guest treats the last roll in the basket. No, you take it. Really, I insist. I couldn’t possibly…”
Terrific recognition for the program as well as for the multi-dimensional accounting major from Francis Creek. Click here.
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Photos by Sue Bodilly, Office of Marketing and University Communication