Thoughts heading into Horizon League women’s tourney

March 5th, 2012 at 4:19 pm by under Uncategorized

Matt Bollant, Julie Wojta and Adrian Ritchie chatted with media this morning, getting ready for Wednesday night’s Horizon League Tournament opener.  Some thoughts …

–Everyone seemed a little … just a slight bit agitated more Green Bay players didn’t make all-conference (Wojta made 1st team and defensive team, Ritchie 2nd); specifically Sarah Eichler and Lydia Bauer getting some kind of attention.  While it’s tough to make four players from one team all-conference, Green Bay’s the class of the league.  10-8 UIC and 12-6 Wright State also put two players on the first and second teams.  Matt Bollant also made the case for Megan Lukan to make the all-newcomer team.

–”I don’t think my coaches would’ve thought [I'd win defensive player of the year] the first two years either,” –Julie Wojta.  The star forward seemed especially proud of her defensive player of the year honor.  Bollant, too.  This is a player who, in her and Coach Bollant’s minds, wasn’t exemplary on defense when she showed up in Green Bay. Assistant coach Mike Divilbiss told me about how Wojta key’s the Phoenix’s buzz defense from her spot on the 2-1-2 zone’s back line, her 3.5 steals per game easily lead the conference.

–Green Bay might face Milwaukee Wednesday … whom they beat by an average of 40.5 points this season.  Phoenix topped Valparaiso by an average of 32 points.  If you’re going to the HL quarterfinals Wednesday night, might want to show up early.

–Phoenix are up to 25th (from 27th) in the RPI, so leaning on an NCAA 6 seed.  Green Bay might as well root for Detroit, the only team to beat them during the regular season, to make the HL finals … the Titans are currently 108th in the RPI, a few more wins (and strength of schedule bump from a hypothetical HL finals match-up against Green Bay) could sneak them into the top 100 … give the Phoenix a chance at another top 100 win.  Or, you know, a seed-wrecking second loss.

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