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Phoenix women open in Iowa

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The UW Green Bay Phoenix Women will open the NCAA Tournament with a true road game, despite a 30-1 regular season record, number 10 ranking in the Associated Press poll and a Horizon League regular season and tournament championship.   The Phoenix will be a number 7 seed in the Des Moines Regional, opening against 10th seeded Iowa State in Ames, Iowa Saturday afternoon at 5:30 PM.   Head Coach Matt Bollant didn't mask his disappointment over the pairing and the fact the game will be on the Cyclones home court.  Green Bay was a number five seed last year with an identical record and they reached the Sweet 16 for the first time in program history.  Another mid-major with a 30-1 record, Delaware, was given a number three seed.   The players were just happy to get in the field for the 13th time in program history.  Two years ago, Green Bay lost a second round matchup to Iowa State in Ames, 60-56.   The Phoenix led by 10 points early and got 29 from Kayla Tetschlag in the loss.  Six players who appeared in the game for Green Bay are still on the squad led by seniors Julie Wojta who scored 12 in that 2010 game, and Hannah Quilling.   Despite playing a true road game, Green Bay was a perfect 12-0 on the road this season and they have not lost a first round game as a single digit seed, winning as a number 8 in 2003 against Washington,  upsetting New Mexico as a 9 seed in 2007 and opening last year's tournament as a five seed with a victory over Arkansas Little Rock.  UALR will be the opponent for former Green Bay head coach Kevin Borseth who has led Michigan to the NCAA for the first time as coach of the Wolverines.

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