6:00 PM ET, March 7, 2005
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Experience won out for No. 24 Wisconsin-Green Bay.Tiffany Mor had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and the top-seeded Phoenix defeated Wright State 58-48 Monday night for a fourth consecutive Horizon League tournament championship and an automatic NCAA bid. Natalie Berglin also scored 14 points for the Phoenix, making all 10 of her free-throw attempts down the stretch to prevent any chance of a rally by third-seeded Wright State. The Raiders (19-11) came up one win short of their first Horizon League title in the program's first winning season since a 17-11 finish in 1987-88 . A young team that starts one senior, two juniors, a sophomore and a freshman, the Raiders fell behind by double figures early in the second half and couldn't make up the difference against the Phoenix, whose starting lineup features four seniors. "Experience took over in the game," Wright State coach Bridgett Williams said. "They have been here before, we have not." Green Bay will play in the NCAA tournament for the eighth time. The Phoenix scored the first 12 points of the second half to take a 33-18 lead, and their advantage never fell below nine after that. Green Bay coach Kevin Borseth said his players started moving the ball on offense, getting some easy baskets after shooting only 9-for-26 from in the first half. "We left the locker room still not knowing what to do for the second half," he said. "We came down and something worked and we stayed with it." Wright State was held scoreless for the first 6:06 of the second half and struggled throughout, shooting only 35 percent. Jeanette Woodberry led Wright State with 13 points and Whitney Lewis added 12 for the Raiders, who impressed the opposing coach with their defensive effort. "That was one of the toughest games we had to play all year. They're right in your face. They don't let you run anything," Borseth said. He predicted Wright State would have a strong team in the future, a message he relayed to Williams after the game. "I told her, 'You're the program of the future,' Borseth said. "They give you 40 minutes of, I can't say the word." Mor had two layups and an assist in the decisive run. Berglin scored on a layup -- one of only two field goals she had in the game -- but saved her biggest contribution for the closing moments. Down 47-37 and forced to foul, Wright State sent Berglin to the line five times over the final 1:10. She connected on all 10 of her attempts to preserve the Phoenix's 12th straight Horizon League tournament win.
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