UWGB women pull off overtime upset against No. 18 Syracuse – Green Bay Press Gazette


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The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay women’s basketball team didn’t just pull off an upset against No. 18 Syracuse in the third-place game of the Greater Victoria Invitational on Saturday night.

The Phoenix did it in absolute spectacular fashion in a 79-73 overtime win in a game played at the CARSA Performance Gym in Victoria, British Columbia.

This one went to an extra period after an improbable game-tying, half-court shot from UWGB junior forward Lyndsey Robson erased what had been a four-point deficit with 10 seconds remaining.

With the score tied at 69 with 3 minutes, 9 seconds left in overtime, junior guard Caitlyn Hibner hit two straight layups and a free throw to give UWGB a lead it would not relinquish.

It was the 11th win in program history over a ranked team and the fourth in the last three seasons.

The Phoenix finished tournament play 2-1 with wins over Bowling Green and the Orange and a loss to No. 10 Mississippi State.

The upset bid over Syracuse looked derailed after a cold start to the fourth quarter.

UWGB led by eight points with 1:52 left in the third, but the Orange hit two 3-pointers to end the quarter and then hit two more to start the fourth as part of a 14-0 run that put Syracuse up 55-49.

The Phoenix did not hit its first field goal of the fourth quarter until just 43 seconds remained, but it was able to stay within striking distance after Syracuse missed eight of its final nine shots in regulation.

It mostly became a free throw battle the final 25 seconds until UWGB guard Frankie Wurtz converted a three-point play that cut UWGB’s deficit to a point with 3 seconds left.

The Phoenix quickly fouled, and after Kiara Lewis hit two from the line for the Orange, Robson played hero.

UWGB (5-3) shot 4-for-8 overall and 6-for-7 from the line in overtime while committing zero turnovers. Syracuse (4-3) was just 2-for-10.

Hibner, who missed all of 2018-19 after undergoing Tommy John surgery, continued her strong start to the season with a career-high 30 points and 9 rebounds. She shot 7-for-14 overall, 3-for-5 from 3 and 13-for-16 from the line.

Hibner has scored 20 or more points three times the first eight games.

Robson added 13 points in the win, while Anna Brecht came off the bench to score 12.

Neither team shot well playing its third game in as many days, with the Phoenix finishing at 36.2% (25-for-69) and the Orange at 33.3% (20-for-60).

Of course, none of that mattered for the Phoenix in the end, which has survived a difficult schedule to start the season.

It already has faced six teams that made the NCAA tournament in March and will play another in its next game when it hosts No. 16 DePaul at the Kress Center on Saturday.



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