UW-Green Bay remains unbeaten
The Phoenix (13-0, 2-0 Horizon League) trailed 28-22 before closing the first half with a 16-0 run, highlighted by consecutive 3-pointers by Julie Wojta and Celeste Hoewisch in a 6-second span. The Phoenix had six steals and forced nine turnovers during the spurt.
Hoewisch and Heather Golden scored 13 apiece for Green Bay, which finished with 14 steals in its 31st straight regular-season win. The Phoenix are 42-4 over the last two seasons and are seeking its 33rd consecutive winning season. That trails only Tennessee and Louisiana Tech, each with 36.
Brandi Brown scored 16 points to lead the Penguins
-- (3) Notre Dame 79, Purdue 75—At West Lafayette, Ind., Melissa Lechlitner scored a career-best 20 points as Notre Dame (13-0) held off Purdue
Lechlitner, who was averaging 6.2 points per game, made 7 of 15 shots, including four three-pointers.
“I thought she really had a great game,” Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. “She carried us through the first half, and then kept it going in the second.”
Purdue coach Sharon Versyp knew Lechlitner was capable. The senior guard scored 19 points in a 62-51 win last season in South Bend.
“She always plays well against us,” Versyp said. “It’s her fourth year, and she still played well against us. She took some good shots.”
Skylar Diggins and Lindsay Schrader each scored 15 points, and Ashley Barlow added 13 points and eight rebounds for Notre Dame (13-0), which is off to its best start since winning its first 23 games in 2000-2001. It was the final test for the Fighting Irish before Big East play.
“We’re excited to be undefeated in the non-conference portion of our season,” McGraw said. “That was one of our goals, and we’re fortunate.”
Jodi Howell scored 18 points and Chelsea Jones added a career-high 16 for Purdue (7-7).