GREEN BAY, Wis. - Green Bay got off to hot starts offensively in both halves, and its defense kept the Youngstown State women's basketball team from making a second-half push in a 60-46 victory on Saturday afternoon at the Kress Events Center.
YSU's Brandi Brown scored a game-high 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting while battling foul trouble for the final 24 minutes. Liz Hornberger had 11, and Shar'Rae Davis added 10 for the Penguins.
The Penguins saw their six-game winning streak stopped with the loss and dropped to 17-6 overall and 7-3 in Horizon League play. Green Bay won for the 16th straight contest, improving to 21-2 overall and 11-0 in conference games. The Phoenix now holds a three-game lead atop the conference standings with five games remaining, and the Penguins move into a tie with Detroit for second place.
Green Bay led by as many as 10 early in the first half, but Youngstown State scored the next 11 points and led 21-20 with 7:51 on the clock. The Penguins did not make a field goal the rest of the period but still trailed just 30-25 at halftime.
The Phoenix then went on a 17-7 run in the first 6 minutes of the second half to go up 47-32, and YSU wasn't able to get closer than 12 the rest of the way.
The Penguins forced the Phoenix into 17 turnovers but were only able to convert those into nine points. YSU also attempted nine more free throws in the physical contest but was just 12-of-23 from the stripe. There were 42 fouls called in the game.
Sarah Eichler had 15 points on 7-for-10 shooting to lead Green Bay.
Both teams got off to blistering starts from the arc as seven of the first eight field goals in the game were 3-pointers, but the Penguins and Phoenix had their defenses take over as they combined to allow one field goal in the final 7:27 of the first half.
Green Bay scored the first five points of the game, but Hornberger hit a trey and Brown banked in another at the end of the shot clock as the Penguins took a 6-5 lead. That was the first of six lead changes in the opening period. Hornberger hit another triple to give YSU a 9-8 advantage, and the Penguins trailed just 11-10 after a Davis free throw with 15:20 left.
Youngstown State returns home to host Cleveland State on Thursday at 7:05 p.m.