The Wright State women's basketball team rallied to within nine in the final minutes, but could get no closer as Southeast Missouri held on for a 78-66 win in the season opener for both teams Friday night at the Show Me Center.
Ivory James gave the Raiders a 17-14 lead on a layup with 11:02 remaining in the first half, only to see the Redhawks close the period with a 25-12 run to go up 39-29 at the break.
Southeast Missouri shot 39 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes, including seven of 16 from three-point range, while Wright State shot 31 percent and was one of eight from behind the arc.
A 13-0 run pushed the Redhawk lead to 55-34 with 12:48 to play and the margin was still 17 before a Breanna Stucke free throw and back-to-back three from Abby Jump made it 67-57 with 3:15 left.
The Raiders drew to within nine on three occasions in the final minutes, but could get no closer as SEMO hit seven of eight foul shots in the closing minute.
Southeast Missouri shot 39 percent for the game and was 10 of 28 from three while WSU shot 32 percent and was six of 24 from three. The Redhawks also made 18 of 24 foul shots compared to 10 of 22 for the Raiders.
Kim Demmings led Wright State with 15 points while Tayler Stanton, in her Raider debut, had 10 points and seven rebounds. Jump added nine off the bench while Stucke had eight.
Wright State hosts IUPUI Wednesday at 7:00.