GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix didn’t allow any Maine player to reach double-figure scoring and held the Black Bears to a 38 percent shooting effort from the floor to take a 72-49 women’s basketball victory Wednesday.
While the Bears struggled from the field (20 of 53), the Phoenix used a solid 47 percent effort (28 of 59) to put four players in double-digit scoring, paced by 12 each from Breannah Ranger and Megan Lukan. Ellen Edison and Kalli Lukan each added 10 points.
Green Bay improved to 7-5 in notching its second victory of the season over the Bears, who slipped to 6-7.
Liz Wood paced Maine with nine points while newcomer Cherrish Wallace, a 5-foot-6 guard, added eight points and seven rebounds. Wallace played in 11 games as a freshman at Baylor in 2008-09 before suffering a stress fracture in her leg.
Wallace is a sixth-year senior who has one semester of eligibility with the Black Bears. Her re-application to the NCAA was cleared Tuesday so she was able to play in Wednesday’s game.
Midway through the first half, a 7-0 run gave the Phoenix a 20-12 lead, but Maine answered to tighten the contest on back-to-back 3-pointers by Lauren Bodine and Chantel Charles. A 10-3 Maine run ended on a Sophie Weckstrom basket that cut Green Bay’s lead to one with 5:36 left.
Maine was held to just three points, another 3-pointer from Bodine, over the next 4:39 as Green Bay broke out on an 11-3 run to close the half and take a 34-25 lead into the break.
In the second half, back-to-back pullup jumpers by Ashleigh Roberts and Sigi Koizar put Green Bay’s lead to six, but the Phoenix answered with an 8-0 run, running their lead to 55-41 with under nine minutes to play in the second half to put the Bears away.
Maine returns home as part of a doubleheader to face Yale at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The Maine men then play Binghamton at 4:30 p.m.