GREEN BAY, Wis. - The Green Bay women's basketball team (4-2) rebounded from its first home loss in over a year with a strong outing against Kansas State Wednesday night, as the Phoenix closed its three-game home stand on a high note with its 68-56 win over the Wildcats at the Kress Center.
The win halted a four-game slide for Green Bay to K-State and avenged last season's setback in Manhattan, Kan.
Senior Kayla Groh led all scorers with 19 points, aided by a 4-of-5 night from three-point range. Kati Harty added 12 points while starters Rachel Porath and Erin Templin also reached double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Green Bay set the tone in the first half, holding K-State scoreless for almost eight minutes while taking a 16-4 lead. A 7-0 run later in the half, capped by a natural three-point play by Harty gave Green Bay its largest lead of the half at 13 before settling on a five-point halftime lead.
Aiding in Green Bay's first-half effort was Celeste Hoewisch, who had a career high eight points in the first half on 3-of-5 shooting, including 2-for-2 from three-point range.
Kansas State (4-4) slowly chipped away in the second half, closing to within two, 53-51, on a pair of free throws by Jackie Stanley. But the Phoenix responded with an 11-1 run over the next 5:30, and aided by a big three-point play by Templin with 2:39 to play, Green Bay sealed the contest.
The Wildcats were led by Kimberly Dietz's 16 points, while Marlies Gipson had a double-double with 11 points and a game-best 11 rebounds.
The Phoenix returns to action Tuesday when it heads to the state capital to face Big Ten foe Wisconsin at 7 p.m. in a game televised live by the Big Ten Network.