The Wright State women's basketball team led by as much as 12 in the second half, but had to hold off a late Morehead State comeback before defeating the Eagles 53-46 Sunday night at WSU's Nutter Center.
Morehead State led 14-9 before the Raiders scored eight straight points, including threes from Kayla Lamotte and Kim Demmings. The Eagles again went in front on a pair of Terrice Robinson free throws and the margin was 22-19 on a pair of foul shots by Almesha Jones, but WSU closed the half with a 7-0 run, the final five by Demmings, to go up 26-22 at the break.
Wright State shot 37 percent in the first half compared to 29 percent for MSU.
The Raiders led throughout the second half, with their biggest cushion being 43-31 on a Demmings jumper with 6:43 left. Three straight three-pointers by Kelsey Funderburgh, however, drew the Eagles to within three and a Robinson three at the 3:27 mark made it 45-43.
Two Demmings foul shots and a Brianna Innocent layup pushed the lead back up to six, only to see Robinson connect on another triple with 1:17 to go. WSU, however, sealed the win as Innocent hit two foul shots at the 10.7-second mark and Breanna Stucke had two with 0.7 seconds remaining.
The shooting percentages were nearly identical as Wright State shot 32 percent and Morehead State 30 percent, but the Eagles were 10 of 26 from three-point range compared to five of 23 for the Raiders. WSU, though, was 12 of 19 at the foul line while MSU was eight of 14.
Demmings posted her second double-double of the season and seventh of her career as she scored 22 points and tied a career high as she collected 14 rebounds. Innocent had a near double-double of 11 points and nine boards off the bench while Ivory James had 10 points.
Robinson led Morehead State (4-10) with 18 points while Allie Turner had 10.
Wright State (6-6) wraps up the nonleague portion of its schedule on Saturday, January 5, with a visit to Memphis. Game time is 2:00 Eastern.