A 22-4 first half run erased an early 12-5 deficit as the women's basketball team went on to a 61-53 win over Cleveland State in the season finale for both teams Thursday night at WSU's Nutter Center.
The Raiders hit just one of their first 13 shots in falling behind 12-5 with 12:32 remaining in the first half. A desperation banked-in three by Kim Demmings at the 9:28 mark, however, started WSU on its decisive run and after a Kayla Lamotte three, Ivory James tied it at 13 with a jumper in the paint.
The margin was just three at 19-16 before eight straight points, including threes from James and Lamotte extended the lead to 27-16 with 4:32 to play in the period.
Cleveland State cut the deficit to seven twice to close out the first half, making it 29-22 at the break, and Shalonda Winton opened the scoring in the second half to make it a five-point game, only to see Wright State go on an 11-0 run, capped off by a Breanna Stucke triple, to push the lead back into double figures at 40-24.
WSU maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way and was up 61-44 on a James three with 2:22 left before the Vikings scored the final nine points of the game.
The Raiders shot 38 percent for the game, including 11 of 30 from three-point range, while Cleveland State shot 30 percent and was just two of 14 from behind the arc. CSU, though, was 17 of 22 at the foul line compared to only four of seven for WSU.
Demmings posted a double-double of 20 points and 10 assists for Wright State while James had 12 points off the bench. Stucke added 11 points and seven rebounds, Lamotte nine points and KC Elkins seven points and eight boards.
Winton paced Cleveland State (13-16, 5-11 Horizon) with a double-double of 15 points and 16 rebounds while Imani Gordon nearly had one as well with 12 points and nine rebounds. Cori Coleman and Kiersten Green each had 10 points.
Wright State (12-17, 6-10 Horizon) will learn its tournament fate following the conclusion of the Horizon League regular season on Saturday. The Raiders will be on the road for a quarterfinal game on Wednesday, March 13 at a site and time to be determined.