No. 20 Green Bay wins Horizon League tournament

  • Associated Press
  • March 17, 2013 - 2:14 PM

GREEN BAY, Wis. - Sarah Eichler scored 16 points and Adrian Ritchie added 15 points as No. 20 Green Bay beat Loyola of Chicago 54-38 Sunday in the Horizon League tournament championship game.

It's Green Bay's third league tournament title in a row and the fifth straight year the team will compete in the NCAA tournament. The Phoenix (29-4), winners of 24 in a row, finished the year a perfect 19-0 against Horizon League teams. They beat Loyola twice during the regular season by an average of 14.5 points.

Green Bay never trailed in the game, but started slowly in both halves. The Phoenix made two of their first nine shots, but hit the next five to break a 4-4 tie and take a 15-6 lead. Eichler and Ritchie made back-to-back 3-pointers to make it 21-8 — giving Ritchie 10 points in the 17-4 run — and eventually Green Bay led 34-17 at halftime.

Ritchie, who broke the Green Bay record for career 3-pointers, was selected tournament MVP. She also had a team-high nine rebounds on Sunday.

The Phoenix made just 2 of 23 shots to start the second half, but Loyola (17-15) could only cut its deficit to 38-27 during Green Bay's 5 1/2-minute shooting drought.

Breannah Ranger scored 12 points for the Phoenix.

Simone Law led the Ramblers with 12 points and a career high-tying 14 rebounds, for her ninth double-double of the season. Loyola hit just 1 of 9 shots from 3-point range and 28 percent overall in the first half, while the Phoenix shot 50 percent.

Green Bay finished at 36 percent from the field while Loyola shot 30 percent.

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