Detroit – For the eighth consecutive year, the Green Bay women's basketball team will play for a Horizon League tournament championship.
Green Bay rallied back from a halftime deficit to thump Youngstown State, 66-45, in a semifinal Monday afternoon at Little Caesars Arena.
Green Bay (28-3), the top seed and ranked No. 21 in the nation, will play No. 3 seed Wright State (23-9) in Tuesday's noon championship game.
Wright State edged No. 2 seed IUPUI, 60-52, in the second semifinal Monday.
Green Bay, coached by former Michigan women's coach Kevin Borseth, have won six of the last seven Horizon League tournaments. The one time it lost in that span, it was to Wright State in 2014. That was Wright State's only Horizon championship.
Things looked a bit dicey early for the Phoenix, which trailed by two at the half, but they dominated Youngstown State in the third quarter to take over – and earn their 10th consecutive victory over Youngstown State in the process.
Green Bay, which has won the Horizon League tournament 15 times, shot 58.6 percent in the second half, and was led by senior guard/forward Jessica Lindstrom, who finished with 17 points. Senior guard Allie Leclaire scored 16.
Wright State was led by senior guard Chelsea Welch's 17 points, as it erased a six-point halftime deficit and used a monster fourth quarter (26-12) to put it away.
IUPUI was trying to make the final in its first year in the Horizon League, the school having replaced Valparaiso this year. Valpo left for the Missouri Valley Conference.
A loss by Green Bay on Tuesday could actually benefit the league, and earn it two bids into the NCAA Tournament. Even with a loss to Wright State – led by second-year coach Katrina Merriweather – there's a reasonable chance Green Bay could still earn an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. It's a 7 seed in ESPN's latest bracketology.
HORIZON LEAGUE WOMEN'S FINAL
Matchup: No. 1 Green Bay (28-3) vs. No. 3 Wright State
Tip-off: Noon Tuesday, Little Caesars Arena, Detroit
Records: Green Bay 28-3; Wright State 23-9
Tickets: Starting at $15, and includes the men's final, too. Available at LCA box office.