GREEN BAY, Wis. - Central Michigan was unable to overcome a hot-shooting Green Bay team Saturday afternoon, falling at the Kress Events Center, 75-48.
The Phoenix (2-0), who entered the season ranked No. 25 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll but fell out of the rankings earlier this week, knocked down 10 threes in the game and finished shooting 46.9 percent from the floor en route to handing the Chippewas (1-2) their second consecutive loss.
The Chippewas held just two leads in the contest, including when sophomore Jessica Green hit a jumper in the paint with 12:34 to go in the first half to put the Maroon and Gold up, 6-5, but the Phoenix promptly came back with a layup by Adrian Ritchie eight seconds later and never trailed again.
CMU pulled within two, 16-14, on a jumper by Crystal Bradford with 5:14 in the first half, but Green Bay closed the half on a 16-6 run that included three treys, capped by Lydia Bauer's dial from long distance with 24 seconds to go in the half. Junior Taylor Johnson put back a layup after an offensive rebound with five seconds left to send CMU to the locker room trailing at halftime, 32-20.
After a layup by Ritchie to start the half extended the Green bay lead to 14, 34-20, CMU went on a quick 6-0 run on back-to-back threes by Green and sophomore Kerby Tamm to cut the lead to eight, 34-26, but that was as close as the Chippewas would come.
Bradford hit a jumper with 11:24 to go in the second-half in attempt to mount a CMU comeback, but the Chippewas were held scoreless for the next 6:12 of the game in which Green Bay went on a 11-0 run to push their lead to 24, 61-37.
The sophomore was one of two Chippewas in double figures as her 10 points complemented Johnson's team-high 12. Ritchie led four players in double figures for the Phoenix, scoring a game-high 25 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.
CMU opens its home schedule next Friday when it hosts South Dakota State inside McGuirk Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.