Ritchie's Long-Range Success Gains Player of the Week Praise
By Justin Grones (@JustinGrones)
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Horizon League office has announced that Green Bay women's basketball senior guard Adrian Ritchie (De Pere, Wis.) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week following an incredible performance from behind the arc in two wins last week. In wins over Loyola and Milwaukee, Ritchie went 9-12 for a 75 percent mark from downtown.
In Green Bay's 63-37 win over Loyola in the regular season home finale, she scored 17 points on a 3-6 effort from long range. The senior stat-stuffer also added six rebounds, two assists and two steals while playing 31 minutes. The league's second-best free throw shooter, Ritchie sank all four attempts from the charity stripe in the effort.
On Saturday, Ritchie shot a remarkable 5-6 from 3-point territory-setting a new career high for 3-point field goals made. The De Pere native finished with 19 points, a team-high seven rebounds, four assists and four steals.
With the regular season in the books, she finished as the team's leader in points per game (13.6), rebounds per game (5.0), steals per game (2.7) and blocks per game (0.6). In addition, she led the Horizon League in assist-to-turnover ratio with a 2.4 mark, good for the nation's 12th best in that category. She's connected on a team-best 58 shots from behind the arc this season, while shooting 36.7 percent from long range and 44.7 percent overall.
One of the best shooters in program history, Ritchie ranks third in Green Bay women's basketball history with 183 triples for her career. With 507 career attempts from behind the arc, she needs just five to have attempted more than any other player in program history. After joining the 1,000-point club on Nov. 30, she needs 87 points to move into the top-10 in the career scoring column. With 225 career steals, Ritchie stands just four away from cracking the program's top-10 list.
The award marks the third time a Green Bay player has been named Horizon League Player of the week after Megan Lukan (Barrie, Ontario) was recognized on Feb. 25 after a career day against Valparaiso on Feb. 23. Sarah Eichler (Grafton, Wis.) was also honored on Nov. 26 following her career day against Richmond in the 2012 Cancun Challenge finale.
Green Bay will open the 2013 Horizon League Tournament at home on Wednesday against the winner of tonight's matchup between No. 8 seed Valparaiso and No. 9 seed UIC.
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