By: Andrew Gavin (@GBGavin)
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - In Friday night's Horizon League Championship semifinal game against Detroit, sophomore Megan Lukan (Barrie, Ontario) missed the first four shots she attempted from the field. Facing a Titans team that handed Green Bay its last home, Lukan and her team trailed 18-17 midway through the opening half. Lukan drained a three-pointer on the next possession, and the Phoenix would not trail the rest of the night.
Lukan came out of the locker room after halftime and proved to be the difference, draining a triple to start a 9-2 run that turned a 31-28 lead into a 40-30 advantage with 16:37 to play. Her second three of the half and third of the night would follow moments later, and the sophomore added seven more second-half points as Green Bay pulled away from Detroit for a 71-54 win.
After shooting 1-of-7 in the first half, Lukan made 4-of-5 shots and scored 13 of her game-high 19 points after intermission. The performance against Detroit should come as no surprise for Lukan, the team's sixth-leading scorer who has averaged 16.2 points per game in the last five meetings with the Titans.
This season, Lukan has scored 11, 20 and now 19 points in three wins against Detroit, making 9-of-19 three-pointers in the process. Last season, Lukan shined against the Titans in the Horizon League championship game, scoring 20 points to lead the Phoenix to the title.
In part because of another solid effort from Lukan on both ends of the court against Detroit, Green Bay will be back in that championship game on Sunday. The Phoenix faces No. 3 seed Loyola at 12 p.m. CT at the Kress Center.
When asked about Lukan's performance, her head coach just wanted to talk about the tenacious defense she played while on the floor for 39 minutes.
"I didn't even know Megan made a basket," said head coach Kevin Borseth. "Megan played defense. All I know is she was working her tail off to keep those kids in front. It is one of the games where they force her to play well, and she does."
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