By Justin Grones (@JustinGrones)
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - To close the final week of the regular season, senior Adrian Ritchie (De Pere, Wis.) combined for an 8-12 effort from long range, good for a remarkable 66.7 percent. If that's not impressive enough, her performance in Wednesday's win over Valparaiso certainly was.
Ritchie scored a career-high 27 points and added four rebounds, an assist and two steals en route to leading the Phoenix to a semifinal date with Detroit on Friday. She connected on 7-14 attempts from behind the arc, becoming the fourth player in Horizon League Championship history to tie the highest mark for 3-point field goals made in a single tournament game.
In addition, her 14 attempts rank as the most ever attempted in a single game in program history while her seven made triples are the third-most. With 14 attempts, she broke Megan Lukan's (Barrie, Ontario) record of 13 set less than two weeks ago in a 71-63 win at Detroit and now has 521 for her career-more than any other player in Green Bay women's basketball history.
The All-Horizon League First Team selection has made 190 3-pointers in her four seasons at Green Bay and needs just three more triples to become the program's all-time leader. Also a member of the Horizon League's All-Defensive Team, the hometown heroine has 227 steals for her career, just one shy of moving into 10th place on the career record list and four shy of moving into the top-10 on the season record list.
After her performance on Wednesday, Ritchie has scored 20 points or more on five occasions this season and has connected on 15-26 of her shots from downtown during the last three games, good for an incredible 57.7 percent.
In her senior year alone, Ritchie has made 72 triples, the most in a season by a player in program history. She has 172 attempts during the 2012-13 campaign, just three shy of the top spot in that category. An 84.7 percent free throw shooter, Ritchie is also on pace to have the eighth-best season free throw percentage in the 40-year history of Green Bay women's basketball.
Ritchie and the hot-shooting Phoenix will look to continue the long-range success as rival Detroit comes to town on Friday at 7:30 p.m., less than two weeks after making the second-most 3-pointers in a single game in team history on the third-most attempts.
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