The Wright State women's basketball team overcame an 11-point deficit to tie the score in the second half, but could not get over the hump as Memphis held on for an 83-75 win Friday night at WSU's Nutter Center.
The Raiders led 11-6 on two Kim Demmings foul shots with 16:05 to play in the first half, but that turned out to be the largest lead of the night for WSU as the Tigers answered with six straight points to go up for the first time at 12-11.
A 9-0 burst gave Memphis a 32-21 advantage wtih 5:48 remaining in the half, only to see Wright State close the period on a 15-8 run to cut the deficit to 40-36 at the break.
The Tigers shot 42 percent from the field in the first half compared to just 26 percent for the Raiders, but WSU hit 13 of 16 foul shots while Memphis was eight of 13.
The lead was eight for Memphis twice in the early going of the second half before Wright State tied it at 51 on a Demmings jumper with 13:30 to play. Ariel Hearn, however, connected on a three on the next possession for the Tigers and despite the Raiders closing to within two on three occasions down the stretch, Memphis held on to the lead the rest of the way.
Memphis finished at 46 percent for the game compared to 30 percent for WSU, dominated the boards by a 60-38 count and led 46-12 in points in the paint.
James, for the second straight game, set a career high in scoring as she led the Raiders with 25 points and had eight rebounds while Demmings added 24 points along with six rebounds and five steals before fouling out with 3:13 left. Tay'ler Mingo had 12 points, 10 in the second half, while Tayler Stanton collected 12 rebounds.
Hearn paced Memphis (2-1) with 23 points while Asianna Fuqua-Bey had 17, Breigha Wilder-Cochran 13, Devin Mack 11 off the bench and Pa'Sonna Hope a double-double of 10 points and 12 boards.
Wright State (2-1) hosts Akron Sunday at 2:00.