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Keys to UW-Green Bay basketball success

March 24, 2011 - Burt Angeli
Once-beaten Wisconsin-Green Bay faces Baylor (33-2) in an NCAA women’s basketball regional semifinal Sunday. What makes the Phoenix program so successful? We posted that question to Cedarville (Ohio) University assistant and former Florence High School star Kari Flunker, UWGB director of operations for two seasons. “The team is fueled by several things. 1. The tradition of the program.  It's expected to be the best, and the players take that seriously. 2. Each player is so unselfish. They have each other's best interest at heart and no one cares who scores.  They are truly only concerned with winning and doing whatever it takes to accomplish that. 3. They are SO disciplined.  They demand their offense to be run without dribbling, making 6-7 passes and shooting the open shot every possession.  Most coaches demand this, but it very seldom happens. They do it!! Their help side defense is incredible. I've never seen so many charges taken as I have watching these girls.  They sacrifice what they have to for their teammates. 4. It's a player-coached team.  The captains run the summer practices, and teach the younger kids what to do early on. They keep each other accountable from the top-down and treat it like a one gets offended, but they are brutally honest with each other to get their point across. Sometimes the coaches don't even need to say anything. 5. They play hard for 40 straight minutes. They do it for the tradition of the program, for their teammates, coaches, fans and young girls who constantly look up to them. I could go on and on.”



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