No. 10 Green Bay women advance to Horizon final

Adrian Ritchie scored 22 points to lead No. 10 Wisconsin-Green Bay into the championship game of the Horizon League tournament with a 73-53 win over Illinois-Chicago on Friday night.

Julie Wojta, the Horizon player of the year, had 13 points and 10 rebounds for her 33rd career double-double — a school record since the Phoenix joined Division I in 1987.

Sarah Eichler, who came in averaging 9.4 points, matched her career high with 19 points for the Phoenix (29-1).

Green Bay won its ninth straight and improved to 15-1 at home this season.

Jasmine Bailey scored 23 points for Illinois-Chicago (18-13).

Top-seeded Green Bay will face No. 2 seed Detroit in Sunday's title game. Detroit handed Green Bay its only loss of the season a month ago.

It was a game of runs in the first half.

After UIC tied the game 4-all, Green Bay went on a 12-1 run to take a 16-5 lead. The Phoenix went ahead 27-11, but the Flames broke off a 15-5 run to cut the deficit to 32-26.

The Flames had a shot to go into the locker room down just five, but Shamiea Green missed a 3-point attempt with 11 seconds remaining in the opening half.

The Phoenix, who led 36-28 at halftime, dominated in the paint in the opening half, scoring 20 points.

The Phoenix pushed their lead to 15 in the second half, hitting eight of their first 10 shots from the field. UIC clawed back within 12 midway through the half, but Megan Lukan hit a 3-pointer to give the Phoenix a 58-43 lead.

After shooting 43.3 percent (13 for 30) from the field in the first half, Green Bay went 15 of 25 (60 percent) in the second.