Wright State led by 10 with just under seven minutes to go, but had to hold on down the stretch before defeating IUPUI 75-71 in the women's basketball home opener Wednesday night at WSU's Nutter Center.
Neither team had more than a four-point lead in the first half until a Kayla Lamotte three from the top of the key put WSU up 28-23 with 6:09 remaining. Another Raider triple, this time by Breanna Stucke, kept the margin at five, but the Jaguars tied it at 33 on a Dawn Luster layup and a Jordan Barton three.
The Raiders, however, took a 37-33 lead into the halftime break on four foul shots in the final 34 seconds, two each from KC Elkins and Lamotte.
Wright State shot 44 percent from the field in the first half, including four of eight from three-point range, and was 11 of 16 at the foul line compared to IUPUI shooting 39 percent, four of 15 from behind the arc, and three of four at the stripe.
Mylan Woods gave WSU a 48-41 advantage with a three in the left corner at the 16:30 mark of the second half and the lead gradually grew to 65-55 following a Stucke putback with 6:44 left. The Jaguars, though, rallied back and only trailed 73-71 on a DeAirra Goss layup at the 5.8-second mark.
Kim Demmings, however, sealed the victory for the Raiders as she hit two foul shots with 4.2 seconds to go for the final margin.
Both teams shot 39 percent for the game and IUPUI led 34-22 in points in the paint, 26-21 in points off of turnovers and 19-13 in second chance, but the game ultimately came down to the foul line as Wright State hit 25 of 38 comapred to 13 of 20 for the Jaguars.
Five WSU players scored in double figures, led by Demmings with 16 points, all but two coming in the second half, while Stucke scored a career-high 15 points and nearly had a double-double with nine rebounds. Lamotte tied a career-high as she added 15 points of bench, 13 in the first half, Woods had a career-best 11 points off the bench and Elkins chipped in 10. Tayler Stanton gathered in nine boards.
Goss paced all scorers with 22 points for IUPUI (1-1), but no other Jaguar managed more than nine.
Wright State (1-1) will host Buffalo on Sunday, November 18, at 3:00.