Women’s season ends with NCAA loss to unbeaten Princeton, 80-70
UW-Green Bay (28-5) gave undefeated Princeton (31-0) all it could handle on Saturday in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, taking a 35-34 lead into halftime. However, the nation’s best three-point shooting team knocked down 9-of-16 from long range and dominated the glass in posting an 80-70 win over the Phoenix. Sophomore Mehryn Kraker led Green Bay with a game-high 21 points and junior Kaili Lukan added 17 points and eight rebounds. Read more.
President Obama takes in Phoenix game vs Princeton
UW-Green Bay is now 0-1 in games attended by American presidents. President of the United States and famous basketball fan Barack Obama spent part of his Saturday at the NCAA tournament game between No. 8 seed Princeton and No. 9 seed UW-Green Bay at Xfinity Center in College Park, Md. Though Obama was openly rooting for the Tigers, their opponents told the media they were just as excited by the VIP spectator’s presence. Phoenix coach Kevin Borseth interrupted the usual line of questioning at his postgame press conference to talk about it. “Can I talk about the president?” he said. “I thought that was pretty cool. I shook his hand and took a picture.” Phoenix sophomore Mehryn Kraker tried to make sure Obama’s presence didn’t have a negative impact. “We just said ‘focus.’ A couple of our freshmen were a little starry-eyed coming out, and we were like, ‘let’s go!’ It’s a big deal, don’t get me wrong, but we needed to focus on the game.” See the Green Bay Press-Gazette story (along with a photo of the Borseth/Obama pregame handshake).
Trenton (N.J.) coverage quoted the Phoenix at http://www.trentonian.com/sports/20150321/president-barack-obama-turns-up-to-cheer-on-princeton Or, check ESPN at http://espn.go.com/womens-college-basketball/tournament/2015/story/_/id/12530061/barack-obama-attends-princeton-green-bay-ncaa-women-tournament-game