Green Bay bests SDSU

The Green Bay Phoenix emerged victorious in a clash of top 10 mid-major programs in Frost Arena Wednesday night, defeating the Jackrabbits 77-75.

SDSU’s women had a chance, leading by as many as 10 points in the second half, but they let the lead slip away in the final minutes, finally surrendering it on three consecutive turnovers around the two minute mark.

“They just started playing tougher than us,” said freshman point guard Macy Miller.  “We started turning it over and they were costly turnovers.”

The night would end as Frost Arena’s rims turned on the Jackrabbits, rejecting Miller’s bid to tie the game as her last second jumper bounced off the back of the iron.

But for most of the night Miller proved to SDSU’s spark, scoring a career high 23 points from her point guard position.

Kerri Young and Megan Waytashek also finished in double figures with 14 and 10 points, respectively.

Despite shooting 50 percent for the game, the Jacks hamstrung themselves with turnovers, surrendering 27 points off turnovers, and points in the paint where they allowed Green Bay to hold a 46-26 advantage.  

“We got beat by a good team so that’s the hard part,” said Aaron Johnston. “We probably could have gotten away with a couple things we didn’t do well against a lesser team. … They took advantage of some of the things we didn’t do well.”

On the Green Bay side, forward Mehryn Kraker scored 17 and pulled down a game-high seven rebounds. Guards Tesha Buck and Kaili Lukan also joined her in double figures scoring.

With the win, Green Bay improves to 7-2 while the Jackrabbits fall to 6-3, dropping their second game in Frost Arena after going undefeated at home last season.

“In terms of mid-majors, in my opinion, it’s two heavyweights [that played Wednesday night],” said Green Bay head coach Kevin Borseth. “Aaron does a great job here. … I tell you what. They’re going to win a lot of basketball games here.”

The Jacks will have a chance to return to their winning ways on Monday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. when they host Middle Tennessee State.  

Going forward, the Jacks could be missing Megan Stuart off the bench as Johnston said she has a leg injury that has yet to be evaluated.