The Wright State women's basketball team trailed by only five with 10 minutes to play before Western Kentucky broke the game open with 12-2 run en route to a 84-67 decision Wednesday at the Wright State Invitational Presented by Holiday Inn.
The Lady Toppers led 10-3 early, only to see the Raiders take a 19-18 lead on a Breanna Stucke three with 9:25 remaining in the first half. It turned out to be the only lead of the day for WSU, however, as WKU finished the half with a 19-7 run to go up 37-26 at the break.
Western Kentucky shot 53 percent in the opening 20 minutes compared to just 28 percent for Wright State.
The Raiders chipped away at the deficit to start the second half and only trailed 56-51 on a Stucke layup with 9:56 to play. WKU, however, responded with the decisive 12-2 run and maintained a double-digit advantage the rest of the way.
The Lady Toppers continued their hot shooting, hitting for 56 percent in the second half to end up at 55 percent overall, including eight of 18 from three-point range, while Wright state shot 37 percent overall and was eight of 30 from behind the arc.
Kim Demmings led all scorers with 26 points for the Raiders while Stucke added 14 and Ivory James 11.
Western Kentucky had four in double figures, paced by Chastity Gooch's double-double of 22 points and 15 rebounds. Alexis Govan had 20 points, Bianca McGee 16 and Micah Jones 15.
In the first game of the day, Florida A&M rallied for a 69-65 win over St. Francis (PA).
The Wright State Invitational Presented by Holiday Inn concludes Friday with two games as Florida A&M (3-7) will take on Western Kentucky (9-2) for the championship at 4:30, followed by the consolation game between Wright State (5-5) and St. Francis (4-5) at 7:00.