The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay women’s basketball team had quite the finish in its first game at the Greater Victoria Invitational.
UWGB beat Bowling Green 73-54 in a contest played at the CARSA Performance Gym on Thanksgiving Day in Victoria, British Columbia.
Clinging to a 53-51 lead with 7 minutes, 43 seconds remaining, the Phoenix scored 17 straight points in just over 5 minutes and finished the game on a 20-3 run.
UWGB (4-2) hit eight of its final 10 shots, while Bowling Green missed 10 of its last 11.
Senior guard Frankie Wurtz matched a career-high with 24 points and added a career-high 12 rebounds, shooting 10-for-19 overall in 37 minutes.
The Phoenix shot 49.2% (30-for-61), while holding the Falcons to 36.4% (20-for-55).
Bowling Green (3-2) entered ranked 13th in the nation in scoring with 86.5 points per game, eighth in 3-point shooting and 23rd in 3s made.
None of it was working against the Phoenix.
The Falcons easily were held to the fewest points in their first five games, previously scoring a season-low 79 in a win over Morehead State on Nov. 9.
They hit just 12 of 37 attempts from beyond the arc, which was an even bigger problem considering 67.2% of their shot attempts were 3s.
UWGB outscored Bowling Green 42-14 in the paint, won the rebounding battle 37-28 and led for 37:09.
The Phoenix was up 35-25 at halftime and still held a 10-point lead after the first minute of the fourth quarter.
But the Falcons made things interesting, scoring eight straight points that featured two 3s from junior guard Madisen Parker.
That’s when UWGB started its 17-0 run, which began with a 3 from junior guard Caitlyn Hibner and ended with a 3 from Wurtz.
The only points Bowling Green scored in the final 7:43 came with fewer than 2 minutes left, which was all but meaningless at that point thanks to the Phoenix surge.
UWGB must hope the win didn’t come without a big cost.
Junior guard Meghan Pingel, who has started all six games, was injured at the end of the first quarter. She was holding a knee, headed to the locker room and missed the rest of the afternoon.
The Phoenix already is dealing with several injuries and doesn’t want to go any length of time without Pingel, who is averaging 6 points in 30.1 minutes and has a team-high 25 assists.
The trio of senior forward-center Mackenzie Wolf, sophomore guard Hailey Oskey and freshman guard Cassie Schiltz have yet to play this season because of lower body injuries.
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