The Wright State women's basketball team closed out exhibition play Sunday afternoon with a 74-68 win over Cedarville at WSU's Nutter Center.
Cedarville came out firing and led 11-4 at the 16:40 mark of the first half thanks in part to three three-pointers, two from Raegan Ryan. WSU responded with a 9-0 run, including threes by Kim Demmings and Mylan Woods, to go back in front, only to see the Yellow Jackets lead 24-18 on a Becky Orchard free throw with 8:23 remaining in the first half.
Another big Raider run, this time 14-2, put Wright State back up 32-26 as Abby Jump hit a pair of threes with Demmings and KC Elkins adding one each, and after Cedarville followed with six straight to tie the game again, the Raiders closed the half with an 11-3 burst to go up 43-35 at the break.
Cedarville shot 57 percent from the field overall and hit five of nine three-pointers in the opening 20 minutes, but WSU, despite shooting 36 percent overall, hit nine of 24 from behind the arc and had 22 more shot attempts overall thanks to 16 offensive rebounds and forcing 14 turnovers.
Wright State gradually pushed the lead to 66-51 on two Kayla Lamotte foul shots with 7:22 left and held on from there as the Yellow Jackets would get no closer than the final score the rest of the way.
Cedarville shot 48 percent for the game and was eight of 17 from three while the Raiders shot 33 percent altogether and 32 percent from three. WSU, though, had 20 more shot attempts as they had 22 offensive rebounds in leading 19-7 in second-chance points.
Demmings paced all scorers with 20 for the Raiders, 15 in the first half, and added eight assists and four steals. Jump chipped in 12 points off the bench while Lamotte had nine and Elkins eight.
Cedarville had four players in double figures, led by Ryan's 16 while Kayla Jenerette and Kayla Linkous had 13 and Orchard 12.
Wright State opens the regular season on Friday, November 9, as the Raiders travel to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, to take on Southeast Missouri at 7:30 Eastern.