Green Bay win streak hits 36
Lydia Bauer scored 19 points and Adrian Ritchie added 17 to lead the 12th-ranked Phoenix to a 75-50 win over Youngstown State on Thursday—their 36th straight regular-season win.
Adrian Ritchie scored 17 points and Julie Wojta added 12 points and 11 rebounds for Green Bay (16-0, 6-0 Horizon League), which never trailed and led by 16 at halftime en route to extending its school-record win streak. The Phoenix remained one of two unbeaten teams in the nation—along with top-ranked Baylor—and matched the program's best start.
"We want to celebrate that and feel good about that (record)," Green Bay head coach Matt Bollant said.
Brandi Brown had 21 points and 10 rebounds for Youngstown State (8-9, 2-4). The Penguins went on an 8-3 run to open the second half but Green Bay's lead was never in doubt.
With Youngstown State double-teaming Wojta on most of her touches, it was the Green Bay supporting cast that helped secure the win. Bauer and Ritchie both stepped up, as each hit six of 11 shots and combined for five three-pointers.
"I think that's a part of it, that mentality that this isn't the Julie Wojta Show, and she knows that," Ritchie said.
Ritchie has elevated her offensive game of late. The junior guard has scored 19, 20 and 17 points, respectively, in the Phoenix's three most recent wins.
"I don't think we're trying to get Adrian the ball more. It's just I'm taking it upon myself to make sure that I know I'm scoring," Ritchie said. "If this team needs us to make a basket I need to be available or at least get someone else available. I think just that mentality that I'm trying to focus has helped me get the numbers that I have."
Despite a quiet offensive night, Wojta still finished with a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Last updated: 2:20 pm Thursday, December 20, 2012