Green Bay teams fight for top Horizon League positioning; Nordic skiers compete at regionals

With just over a month before March Madness begins, Green Bay men’s and women’s basketball is looking to get into the Big Dance this year. The Phoenix men have won six of their last nine games, all against conference opponents. The team has also shown an ability to win close games, with all six of those wins being by six points or less. The team returns home Thursday, Feb. 27 against Youngstown State at 7 p.m. at the Resch Center.

The Green Bay women’s basketball team has won seven of its last nine games heading into this weekend’s action on the road. The team faces conference-leading IUPUI on Sunday before returning home for a 1 p.m. game on Thursday at the Kress Center. Both Green Bay hoops teams play their regular season finale during UW-Green Bay’s Homecoming Week as part of the Krash the Kress event on Saturday, Feb. 29. The women’s basketball team hosts Youngstown State at 2 p.m., while the men’s basketball team hosts Cleveland State at 7 p.m. Both games are at the Kress Center and will also serve as Senior Night.

Nordic skiing competes at the Central Regionals in Ishpeming, Michigan on Saturday, Feb. 22 and Sunday, Feb. 23.

After day two of the Horizon League Swimming and Diving Championships, the men sit in fifth place while the women sit in seventh place. See more at greenbayphoenix.com.

Green Bay women’s basketball coach Kevin Borseth reaches monumental milestone

As the Green Bay women’s basketball team defeated Wright State in late January, Phoenix Coach Kevin Borseth was embarking on his own monumental milestone—his 500th Division I career win as a head coach.

In his career, Borseth has won 413 of his 500 Division I wins in two separate stints as head coach of the women’s basketball team at UW-Green Bay, and now has 725 wins overall across all NCAA divisions. Currently, Borseth ranks 19th on the all-time NCAA Division I women’s basketball head coaches list for total wins and is 10th among active coaches.

In his two stints as the Green Bay women’s basketball head coach, Borseth has led the program to 14 regular season conference championships, including 12 trips to the NCAA Tournament.

As Borseth and his program head into the final stretch before a hopeful play-off run, those who know him well, share what they believe is the reason for his success, and staying power:

Amanda Perry, who left Borseth’s coaching staff last summer to become the head coach for St. Norbert’s women’s basketball team, and played for Borseth from 1999-2002, believes he cultivates a family relationship with his players that helps him achieve a high degree of success. “It’s not a job or a business for him. His players are his family and he cares about and treats them as such,” said Perry.

Perry also added that Borseth focuses on developing a player-led team so the program can have as many strong, positive leaders as possible, a vital component to sustained excellence. This is something that Perry has taken with her to St. Norbert.

“We are trying to develop a culture here of a player led team, accountability and the drive to be the best. We want out players to know that we care about them as family, that we care about them becoming the next generation of female leaders, and that they grow into role models for younger female athletes,” said Perry.

Frankie Wurtz, a redshirt senior for the Green Bay women’s basketball team, believes that Borseth’s personable nature allows him to connect with his players and allow them to succeed just as much as his ability to coach.

“He is very genuine, real and truly cares about every one of his players and everyone loves to play for him because of that,” Wurtz said.

Wurtz also cited Borseth’s preparation and attention to detail as keys to his on court success as a head basketball coach.

“Coach Borseth and our assistant coaches watch a lot of film and put in a lot of time to get us prepared for the next game, and we practice with that same attention to detail. That is something that has allowed me to really grow as a player and is something that I will carry over if I become a coach one day,” said Wurtz.

Despite being battered by injuries this season—the Phoenix even had to finish a road game with four players—the team is battling for one of the top seeds heading into the Horizon League Tournament set to tip-off on Tuesday, March 3, with the Championship Game in Indianapolis on Tuesday, March 10.

Wurtz and company hope to add yet another championship banner to the Kress Center rafters. And Borseth can keep adding to the 500-plus win column.

Feature by UW-Green Bay Marketing and University Communication intern Joshua Konecke. Photos submitted from Green Bay athletics.

 

Green Bay women’s basketball raises nearly $6,000 for Ribbon of Hope

A victory over Oakland on Sunday, Feb. 16 was not the only thing worth celebrating for the Green Bay women’s basketball team. The team and its fans helped raise nearly $6,000 through an online jersey auction and dash for cash, to benefit Ribbon of Hope, an organization dedicated to assisting individuals in Northeast Wisconsin who are battling breast cancer.

Busy weekend ahead for Green Bay Athletics

A jam packed weekend for Green Bay Athletics begins on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 with the men’s tennis team heading to North Dakota to play at 5 p.m. The women’s softball team plays Marist at a neutral site in Nashville, Tennessee at 6 p.m. The women’s basketball team hosts Detroit Mercy at the Kress Center at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Feb. 15, the nordic ski team competes at the CCSA Conference Championships in Houghton, Michigan. The women’s tennis team plays at North Dakota at 9 a.m. The men’s tennis team plays Omaha at a neutral site in Grand Forks, North Dakota at 2 p.m. The women’s softball team plays a doubleheader against Belmont at 3 p.m. and against Marist again at 5 p.m. The men’s basketball team plays at Milwaukee at 6 p.m.

On Sunday, Feb. 16, the women’s softball team plays Western Michigan at 9 a.m. The women’s tennis team play at South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota. Finally, the women’s basketball team hosts Oakland at 1 p.m. at the Kress Center to cap off an exciting weekend slate for Green Bay Athletics.

Krash the Kress with hoops and tailgate party Feb. 29

Spend Leap Day 2020 with alumni, current students and staff, community members and fellow retirees at the third annual “Krash the Kress” on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. There’s a Phoenix doubleheader with UW-Green Bay women’s basketball vs Youngstown State at 2 p.m. and the men’ basketball team playing Cleveland State at 7 p.m. Between games, the big tailgate party in the “old gyms” will include food and beverages, music, yard games like bag toss and giant Jenga, table tennis, a DJ and prize drawings. The tailgate fee is $10 per person and, per usual, covers food, a snazzy t-shirt as a gift, two beverage tickets and a chance to win a lot of great prizes. Thrown in as an extra incentive are commemorative Homecoming socks! Buy your tailgate tickets. Purchase your game tickets by choosing either game of the doubleheader, or both), here and enter promo code KTK0229 for discounted tickets at $7 each, plus fees. This allows you to choose your seats.

Congratulations Green Bay women on double-overtime thriller

The Green Bay women’s basketball team (11-10, 6-3) earned two wins on the road this weekend, 70-63 in double-overtime against Youngstown State, and a big win over Cleveland State, 74-54, on Sunday. It was only the third home loss in Youngstown’s last 27 home games. The Phoenix stays on the road for games at Wright State on Thursday, at Northern Kentucky on Saturday, and at UW-Milwaukee, Saturday, Feb. 8. Meanwhile the men’s basketball team (10-12, 5-4) fell to Youngstown State in an overtime heartbreaker. More here. Green Bay returns to Titletown this weekend for a pair of home games against league-leading Wright State and second-place Northern Kentucky (NKU). The Phoenix will first host NKU at the Kress Center on Friday night at 8 p.m. tip time, with the game being televised nationally on ESPNU. Fans can purchase tickets for only $10, and UW-Green Bay students will receive a free GB flag. The game will also be part of the fan-favorite Bud Light Night series. The Phoenix hosts Wright State at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2 at the Resch Center.

Green Bay women end loaded non-conference slate, opens league play Saturday, Dec. 28

The Green Bay women’s basketball team closed out its loaded nonconference slate on Saturday afternoon, one which consisted of nine NCAA Tournament teams from a season ago and three opponents ranked inside the nation’s top 25. The Phoenix battled South Dakota State in the finale, falling to the Jackrabbits 60-55. Sophomore Hailey Oskey made her season debut in the matchup, earning the start and knocking down her first two attempts from the floor. She finished with seven points and made some strong defensive contributions in 35 minutes. GB opens the league play at home next Saturday with Northern Kentucky at 1 p.m., followed by a pairing with Wright State on Monday night.

Winter sports are in full swing: Green Bay Athletics update

The Green Bay men’s basketball team is currently 3-7, returning home on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 to host Evansville at the Resch Center at 6 p.m. This is also Bud Light Night, featuring $10 Zone B tickets and wiener dog races. This game can also be seen on ESPN+.

The Green Bay women’s basketball team is currently 5-4 and travels to Bangor on Friday, Dec. 13 to play Maine. This game can be seen on ESPN3. The Phoenix has hung-on to a winning record despite being plagued by injuries and playing one of the toughest preseason schedules in program history. An early-season highlight was an upset of nationally ranked Syracuse during the team’s final game of the Victoria Invitational in Victoria, British Columbia.

The Phoenix men’s and women’s Nordic ski team begins its 2019-2020 campaign this weekend in Duluth at the Duluth CXC Cup.

The Green Bay men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams competed at a USA Swimming event in Atlanta featuring many teams from across the country, as well as members of the USA Olympic swimming team. The team will host Northern Michigan on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 at 2 p.m.