November 1, 2014

Green Bay Phoenix earn exhibition win over Ripon

Keifer Sykes

Keifer Sykes

The UW-Green Bay Phoenix opened their 2014-15 season with a 78-56 win over division-3 Ripon College in exhibition play at the Resch Center on Thursday night.

Senior guard Keifer Sykes scored all 16 of his points in the second half and added 10 assists and five rebounds.

Ripon College kept it close in the first half and only trailed 31-26 at halftime.  But the Phoenix dialed up the defense in the second half, holding Ripon to just 10 of 29 from the field and 3 of 15 from three-point range.

Green Bay had three other players in double figures, Greg Mays (12 pts), Carrington Love (11 pts) and Alfonzo McKinnie (10 pts).

The Phoenix outscored Ripon College 38-18 in the paint, had a 22-6 edge in 2nd chance points and had a 31-12 advantage in bench scoring.

Kyle Loughrin had 24 points to lead all scorers for Ripon College.  Ty Sabin added 13 points.

Green Bay now takes two weeks off.  They’ll officially open the 2014-15 season on Saturday, Nov. 15, hosting Illinois-Springfield at 3pm.

Borseth signs contract extension at Green Bay

Last season, Borseth led the Phoenix to its 16th-consecutive Horizon League regular season title after going 13-3 in conference action.  The team advanced to the WNIT and finished the season with an overall record of 22-10 for its 15th-straight 20-plus win season and 10th under his command in addition to its 37th-straight winning season.

Borseth owns a career coaching record of 579-245, leaving him 21 wins away from No. 600.  He has coached a total of 27 years, including 11 years for Green Bay where he has amassed an impressive record of 267-75.  He ranks 32nd all-time in NCAA women’s basketball coaching victories.

Borseth has garnered Horizon League Coach of the Year honors in eight of his 11 seasons at Green Bay.  Borseth will coach the youngest team in the Horizon League this season in hopes of winning its 17th-straight regular season championship.

 

GB’s Brown out 3-4 months

Former UW-Green Bay center Alec Brown is expected to undergo surgery on Thursday to repair his dislocated shoulder.

Alec Brown

Alec Brown

Brown, who has battled shoulder problems during his collegiate career at UW-Green Bay, is expected to miss 3-4 months to rehab.

Brown suffered the injury last Friday in NBA Summer League play in Las Vegas.  He met with Phoenix Suns team doctors on Monday.  The Suns selected Brown in the second round (50th overall) of the recent NBA Draft.

Brown is expected to make a full recovery.

 

Bennett gets extension at Virginia

Former UW-Green Bay standout Tony Bennett signed a new seven-year contract that will keep him on the Virginia sidelines through the

Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett

2020-21 season.

Bennett’s new deal replaces an extension he signed in 2012 that would have taken him through the 2018-19 season.  His salary goes from $1.7 million to $1.942 million.

In five seasons at Virginia, Bennett has compiled a 106-60 record and was named the ACC’s Coach of the Year after leading the Cavaliers to a school record-tying 30 wins.  Virginia also captured the ACC regular-season and tournament titles last season.

Green Bay softball finishes season, now searching for a new coach

Auburn eliminated the UW-Green Bay womens softball team in NCAA Regional play, 9-1 in Minneapolis on Saturday.

After the loss, UWGB coach Jean Rivett announced her retirement after 13 years as the team’s head coach.

Rivett posted a 255-207-1 record and is the winningest coach in program history.  The Phoenix won its first regular-season Horizon League title this season and tied a program record with 27 wins.