The Wright State women's basketball team trailed by just two at the half, only to see Youngstown State hit eight three-pointers in the second half as the Penguins pulled away for a 66-47 decision Sunday afternoon at WSU's Nutter Center.
Despite Horizon League Preseason Player of the Year Kim Demmings not playing due to injury, the Raiders jumped out to an early 16-9 lead, nine of those coming from KC Elkins.
The Penguins answered with a 10-0 run to take a three-point advantage, only to see WSU follow with seven straight, capped off by an Abby Jump three, to go up 23-19 with 3:35 to play in the first half.
YSU, though, would have the final run of the period, tallying the final six points, four from Heidi Schlegel, to lead 25-23 at the half.
Youngstown State shot 33 percent in the opening 20 minutes compared to 32 percent for Wright State.
Breanna Stucke tied the game at 32 with a three at the 16:45 mark of the second half, but it was all Penguins from there as they scored the next 10 points and went on a 23-3 run overall to break open the game at 55-35 with 9:10 to play. WSU would get no closer than 18 the rest of the way.
YSU shot 35 percent for the game overall and hit nine three-pointers while the Raiders shot 30 percent and had six threes. The Penguins led 49-33 on the boards, 22-12 in points in the paint and 11-6 in second-chance points.
Ivory James led WSU with 14 points while Elkins had 13 and Stucke eight. Tayler Stanton collected 10 rebounds.
Brandi Brown paced Youngstown State (15-5, 5-2 Horizon) with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds while Schlegel had 15 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Karen Flagg added eight points and 11 boards.
Wright State (10-11, 4-4 Horizon) travels to Cleveland State on Thursday, February 7, for a 7:00 meeting with the Vikings.