Behind a season-high 35 points from Kim Demmings, the Wright State women's basketball team won its Horizon League opener at Milwaukee Thursday night 71-61.
After the two teams exchanged three-pointers to start the game, the Raiders followed with a 12-3 run to go up 15-6 just four minutes into the contest. WSU led 27-17 on a Breanna Stucke three, only to see Milwaukee gradually cut into the deficit and trail just 34-31 with 1:08 remaining in the first half.
Wright State, however, closed out the half in a big way by scoring the final seven points of the period. A Ja'Monica Orton baseline jumper started the burst and after Demmings hit a jumper with 15 seconds left, the sophomore guard hit a three just ahead of the horn to go up 41-31 at the break.
The Raiders hit 17 of 32 shots in the first half, including six of 11 from three-point range, while the Panthers shot 43 percent.
Milwaukee scored the first five points of the second half, but eight more Demmings points extended the advantage back into double figures at 49-38. WSU then pushed the lead to as much as 65-49 with 3:44 to play before finishing with the 10-point win.
Wright State shot 47 percent on the night and was eight of 19 from behind the arc while the Panthers shot 37 percent, but were just six of 24 from three. The Raiders had 13 turnovers compared to Milwaukee's 11, but still held a 22-5 edge in points off of turnovers.
Demmings had a season-high 35 as she was 13 of 20 from the field overall and five of 10 from three. She also had eight rebounds. Stucke added 10 points and KC Elkins nine.
Sami Tucker posted a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds for Milwaukee (4-9, 0-1 Horizon) while Angela Rodriguez had 16 and Emily Decorah 12.
Wright State (7-7, 1-0 Horizon) wraps up the Wisconsin trip on Saturday with a 1:00 contest at Green Bay. The game was originally set for 3:00, but was moved up due to the Green Bay Packers playoff game later Saturday night.