For the ninth-straight year, the Green Bay Phoenix women’s basketball team will enter the season as the Horizon League preseason favorite, as announced by the league office during its media day event on Wednesday.
Coach Kevin Borseth’s team received 29 of the 30 first-place votes in the poll and accumulating 299 points to lead the nearest school (Detroit Mercy) by 46. The Phoenix return four of five starters from a year ago. Green Bay’s defense ranked ninth in the country last year, allowing 48.6 ppg in league play and 52.2 ppg overall.
Detroit Mercy came in second in the preseason poll, bringing back nearly everyone from last year’s squad. All five starters return with 99.5 percent of their scoring intact from a season ago.
The Milwaukee Panthers finished third in the balloting. The Panthers return over 80 percent of both their points and rebounds from last year’s team that tied for second in the conference with a 12-6 record.
Receiving individual recognition for the Phoenix was senior Mehryn Kraker (First Team – All Horizon League), junior Jessica Lindstrom (Second Team All-Horizon League) and junior Allie LeClaire (Second-Team All-Horizon League).