Kim Demmings scored 11 of the Wright State women's basketball team's 14 points in overtime as the Raiders prevailed over Valparaiso 83-78 Thursday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
WSU came out strong, scoring the first eight points of the contest and later went up 27-14 on a Demming jumper with 7:27 remaining in the first half. The Crusaders, however, closed the period with a 17-5 run to close to within one at the break at 32-31.
The Raiders shot 48 percent in the opening 20 minutes compared to 28 percent for Valparaiso, but the Crusaders took 10 more shots and led 11-2 in points off of turnovers and 6-0 in second-chance points.
Valpo scored the first seven points of the second half to go up six, only to see Wright State answer with a 17-4 run, five each from Demmings and Kayla Lamotte, to take a 49-42 advantage at the 13:50 mark.
The lead later stretched to 68-58 on a Breanna Stucke triple with 6:27 left before the Crusaders scored 11 of the final 12 points of the period to force overtime, capped by a Tabitha Gerardot three from the right wing with 8.1 seconds left.
Valparaiso then opened the scoring in overtime with two Charae Richardson foul shots, but that turned out to be the final lead of the night for the Crusaders as a pair of Demmings baskets made it a two-point WSU lead and after two Shaquira Scott free throws again tied it at 73, Demmings hit a three from the right corner at the 3:01 mark and added another jumper to put Wright State up for good.
The Raiders shot 46 percent for the game, including 10 of 27 from behind the arc, while Valpo shot 35 percent.
Demmings finished with 27 points along with seven rebounds and five assists while Stucke added 13 points and eight boards, Ivory James 12 points and eight rebounds off the bench and Lamotte chipped in 11 points.
Gerardot paced Valparaiso (9-17, 4-9 Horizon) with a double-double of 33 points and 18 rebounds while Gina Lange also had a double-double of 14 points and 10 boards.
Wright State (11-6, 5-9 Horizon) visits Youngstown State Saturday at 2:00.