Women’s basketball tournaments include local players
The UW-Green Bay women’s basketball team will play Purdue at 4 p.m. today in the opening round of the NCAA Division 1 Women’s Basketball Tournament.
The Phoenix (27-5) are making their third consecutive appearance in the national tournament. They lost their first-round game the past two years, falling 59-53 to Tennessee last year and 80-70 to Princeton the year before. Green Bay’s last win in the NCAA Tournament came during the 2011-12 season.
This year, Green Bay earned the No. 8 seed in the Lexington Region and will face No. 9-seeded Purdue (22-12) at Notre Dame’s Purcell Pavilion. The winner of today’s game will play No. 1 seed Notre Dame (30-3) or No. 16 seed Robert Morris (22-10) Sunday.
Former Superior Spartan Jessica Lindstrom enters tournament play averaging 13 points and 9.7 rebounds per game for the Phoenix. She leads the team in rebounding and is second in scoring.
Lindstrom, a junior, was named the Horizon League Tournament MVP last week after averaging a double-double to help Green Bay win the tournament title for an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
She has 417 points and 310 rebounds so far this season, and her .404 shooting percentage from 3-point range is second on the team.
The Iowa women’s basketball team on Monday received an invitation to play in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT).
Iowa (17-13) hosted Missouri State (16-14) Thursday. The winner plays either South Dakota and North Dakota in the second round.
This marks the second consecutive year the Hawkeyes have played in the WNIT. Prior to that, Iowa made eight straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
Iowa sophomore Megan Gustafson, who graduated from South Shore in 2015, leads the Hawkeyes in scoring (18.3 ppg), rebounding (9.9 rpg) and field-goal percentage (.634). She also has a team-high 39 blocks this season and needs just three rebounds to become only the third woman in program history to record 300 rebounds in a season.
NOTES: In December, Gustafson’s No. 10 jersey was retired by the South Shore Cardinals. Her number takes a place alongside No. 41 — Jolene Anderson’s number that was retired after her senior season in 2004. Anderson’s career mark of 2,881 points stands second in Wisconsin prep girls basketball history, second to Gustafson’s 3,229 points.
On Thursday, the Anoka-Ramsey Community College women’s basketball team began play in the NJCAA Division III National Tournament in Utica, N.Y. The tournament runs through Saturday.
Alyssa Correll, a 2015 graduate of Superior High School, is a member of the Anoka-Ramsey team and helped the Golden Rams win the 2017 NJCAA Region XIII-A Championship recently with a 5-of-6 performance at the 3-point line in a 76-66 victory over Rochester.
Correll is averaging 12 points per game and is shooting a team-best 38.4 percent from the arc.