DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Experience won out for No. 24
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
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
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
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,"
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