Behind a near triple-double from Kim Demmings and two others in double figures, the Wright State women's basketball team pulled away in the second half for a 78-61 win over Urbana Wednesday night at WSU's Nutter Center.
Tied at 17 with 8:59 remaining in the first half, the Raiders scored 14 straight points, six coming from Demmings, to go up 31-17 with 4:247 to play in the period. The lead then seesawed between 11 and 14 before WSU went into the break up 40-26 following a Demmings three-point play in the closing seconds.
Wright State shot 46 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes while Urbana shot 39 percent.
The Blue Knights quickly cut the deficit to 40-37 by scoring the first 11 points of the second half in a 3:38 span and the margin was four until the Raiders extended it to 59-42 with a 16-3 run, including five points each from KC Elkins and Ivory James.
Urbana closed to within nine at 60-51 on a Ciara Geiger three with 7:10 left, but the Blue Knights would get no closer as WSU followed with an 8-0 burst to put the game out of reach.
Wright State hit 13 of 25 shots in the second half, including four of six three-pointers, to finish at 48 percent for the game while Urbana shot 41 percent overall and was 12 of 31 from behind the arc. The Raiders led 42-13 in points in the paint, 21-11 in points off of turnovers and 13-0 in second-chance points.
Demmings near posted a triple-double as she finished with a season-high 31 points along with season bests in rebounds (10) and assists (9). James added 18, 11 in the second half, while Tayler Stanton had a double-double of 13 points and 14 rebounds. Breanna Stucke also had 10 rebounds as WSU led 48-28 on the boards, including 14-3 on the offensive end.
DeVonyea Johnson paced Urbana (2-8) with 20 points and seven assists while Kate Francisco chipped in a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds and Geiger had nine points.
Wright State (4-4) heads down I-75 Saturday for a 2:00 matchup at Xavier. The Raiders and Musketeers will be meeting for the first time since 1999-2000 season.