The Wright State women's basketball team had three players score in double figures, but could not overcome a 42-point performance by Brandi Brown as the Raiders fell at Youngstown State Saturday 64-54.
The teams went back and forth for the first 10 minutes of the game with four ties and four lead changes. WSU scored nine straight points to erase a 13-7 deficit and go in front 16-13 on a pair of threes by Ivory James and a Kim Demmings three-point play, only to see YSU go in front to stay with 11 unanswered points, all by Brown.
Youngstown State extended the lead to 34-20 at the half as Brown finished the period with 25 points and 11 rebounds.
Wright State cut the gap to six by scoring the first eight points of the second half, six coming from KC Elkins, but would get no closer the rest of the way as YSU pushed the lead back up to 53-37 with seven minutes to play.
Both teams finished with 21 field goals and the field goal percentage were nearly identical (38 percent for Youngstown State, 36 percent Wright State), but the Penguins hit 15 of 22 foul shots compared to six of 10 for the Raiders and led 15-5 in points off of turnovers and 14-4 in second-chance points.
James tied a season high with 22 points off the bench, matching the 22 she scored against Dayton on November 28 and at Loyola on January 19. Elkins had 14 points and six assists while Demmings added 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Brown paced all scorers with 42 for Youngstown State (20-7, 10-4 Horizon) and also gathered in 21 rebounds.
Wright State (11-17, 5-10 Horizon) closes out the regular season on Thursday, March 7, by hosting Cleveland State at 7:00.