Wright State (23-10) posted season lows in points, shooting percentage (27.8) and 3-point percentage (7.7) against a Green Bay defense that Merriweather called the best in the country.
“That’s not an opinion, that’s a fact,” she said.
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The Phoenix focused on HL Player of the Year Chelsea Welch, holding her to 2 of 15 shooting.
“Shots just really weren’t falling,” said Welch, who was 9 of 11 from the free throw line to finish with 13 points. “I think we got a lot of decent looks actually. There are just days they don’t fall.”
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Senior Lexi Smith led the Raiders with 14 points. Mackenzie Taylor only scored five points but earned a spot on the all-tournament team along with Welch and the Green Bay trio of LeClaire, Lindstrom and Jen Wellnitz.
The Raiders went down 10 points in the first quarter and trailed by double digits for the final 27 minutes.
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But they trimmed a 21-point deficit to 11 late in the third quarter when Nia Sumpter got a steal, layup and free throw. WSU forced a turnover after that and had the ball with a chance to slice the deficit to single digits. But the Raiders missed their next six shots, and Green Bay used a 10-0 run to pull away for good.
With a fifth consecutive 20-win season and an RPI ranking of 86, Merriweather said she thinks her team deserves a fourth consecutive invitation to the WNIT and expects to receive one.
“Continuing to play is always going to be beneficial,” Merriweather said. “Plus Lexi and Chelsea do deserve the opportunity to continue their season.”