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Second-half run sends Phoenix to ninth straight league title

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Nicole Soulis scored 19 points and Amanda Popp added 18 points and seven rebounds as Wisconsin-Green Bay (No. 23 ESPN/USA Today; No. 24 AP)
extended its school-record winning streak to 20 games with a 84-70 win over Butler on Saturday.

The victory clinched the ninth straight regular-season Horizon League championship for the Phoenix.

It wasn't easy, however, as the Phoenix (23-3, 14-0 Horizon League) couldn't shake the Bulldogs (12-14, 9-5) until a 13-0 run midway through the second half.

Butler led for most of the first half, but Green Bay went into the break with a 41-39 lead. The teams traded leads for the first 8½ minutes of the second half when the Phoenix pulled away.

Lade Akande led the Bulldogs with 17 points and six rebounds. Ellen Hamilton added 15 points on five 3-pointers and Jackie Closser added 13 points.

Natalie Berglin added 16 points and four assists for Green Bay, which hasn't lost since a 71-70 defeat to DePaul on Nov. 29.

Green Bay shot 33-for-62 (53.2 percent) from the field. The Phoenix also made 12 of 13 free throws. Butler made 11 3-pointers, but was just 5-for-18 from outside the arc in the second half.