The Wright State women's basketball team scored 10 points in the final three minutes of the first half and then exploded for 52 more in the second half in rolling to a 90-63 win over Miami in the home opener Tuesday night at WSU's Nutter Center.
Both teams struggled offensively in the early going as the Raider lead was just 18-16 following two free throws by Miami's Nicole Anderson with 8:03 remaining in the first half. The margin was only six before WSU closed out the period with a 10-2 run over the final three minutes, five coming from Kim Demmings, to make it 38-24 at the break.
The RedHawks shot 35 percent in the opening 20 minutes compared to 33 percent for the Raiders, but Wright State had 13 more attempts thanks to a 16-7 turnover differential which also resulted in a 17-3 edge in points off of turnovers.
WSU gradually build on the lead the rest of the way, taking its biggest lead of the night at 88-56 on a Breanna Stucke jumper with 2:26 left.
It was just the fifth win all-time for the Raiders over Miami in 27 meetings and the first victory over the RedHawks at the Nutter Center since a 79-75 double overtime decision on November 28, 1995, snapping a seven-game winless streak.
Wright State hit 13 of 25 shots in the second half, including seven of 15 from behind the arc, and was 19 of 27 at the foul line compared to 46 percent shooting for Miami. The Raiders finished with a 28-6 margin in points off of turnovers as they committed 10 while forcing the RedHawks into 29.
Ivory James led the way for WSU with a career-high 23 points and added six steals while Demmings had 19, Tay'ler Mingo a career-best 16 and Abby Jump a career-high 12 off the bench.
Anderson paced Miami (0-2) with a double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds while Jillian Spurlock had 13 off the bench and Haley Robertson had 10.
Wright State, which is 2-0 for just the fourth time in 27 seasons as a Division I member (1995-96, 2004-05 and 2011-12), hosts Memphis on Friday at 7:00.