Phoenix confident in NCAA Tournament matchup with Minnesota

The Green Bay women's basketball team will meet Minnesota in the 7-10 matchup as part of the opening round of the NCAA Tournament Friday at 4 p.m. (WLUK image)

ASHWAUBENON (WLUK) -- Even when you're a four-year veteran of Selection Monday, there's always a bit of nerves.

The Green Bay Distillery played host to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay women's basketball team's Selection Show gathering Monday night, which provided plenty of drama-filled moments.

"Siting up there and you're like, 'when is our name going to be up there?'" senior forward Jessica Lindstrom said.

Thanks to a fourth-straight Horizon League title and a season in the national spotlight, the No. 22 Green Bay women's basketball team, drawing Minnesota in the 7-10 opening round game of the NCAA Tournament at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon. Tipoff is at 4 p.m. Friday.

"We're happy about it honestly just to see our name, we're excited," senior guard Allie LeClaire said. "We know every team is going to bring their A game and we're going to bring ours. We're excited to get after it at practice this week, know who we're playing and hopefully win some games."

"We've been through this four years now, in year's passed we saw it and said cool but then we saw Minnesota and everyone almost had a fire like this is very doable," junior guard Jen Wellnitz said. "Let's get out here and show we can get one of these done."

For a senior class that's known plenty of success, the one thing they haven't done: Win a national tournament game in March.

"I'm excited, yes this is the last time Allie and I will see our names," LeClaire said. "We're excited to go out there and do work, because it's our last time to. I think everyone is on the same page with us."

The Phoenix off to the Emerald City, looking for those few previous wins out of the West Region.

"I think they were glad to see their name, that's what they were glad to see," head coach Kevin Borseth said. "Obviously, they're very excited, it's a thrill to do this, not everyone gets a chance to do it, we're very fortunate and are going to make the best of our opportunity."

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