Four starters scored in double figures as the Wright State women's basketball team pulled away in the second half to defeat Akron 90-80 Sunday at WSU's Nutter Center.
The Zips led 21-15 eight minutes into the contest and the margin grew to 33-24 on a Rachel Tecca jumper at the 6:21 mark before the Raiders answered with a 10-1 run over the next three minutes, capped off by two Sarah Hunter free throws, to tie it at 34. Layups by Ja'Monica Orton and Hunter gave WSU a 38-36 edge and Wright State went up 43-40 at the half on a KC Elkins three in the final minute.
The Raiders shot 40 percent from the field in the first half compared to 37 percent for the Zips and outscored Akron in the paint 20-10.
Akron scored eight of the first nine points of the second half to regain the lead at 48-44, only to see WSU take the lead for good with a 13-0 run, five of those coming from Ivory James.
The Zips closed to within four on three different occasions, but the Raiders were able to hold on for the victory thanks to hitting 19 of 22 foul shots in the second half, including 12 of 14 over the final 1:57.
WSU shot 41 percent for the game and was 27 of 36 from the free throw line overall while Akron shot 42 percent from the field but was just 13 of 24 at the line for the game, four of 11 after halftime. The Raiders led 32-26 in points in the paint and 22-13 in points off of turnovers as they forced 25 while committing 12.
Tay'ler Mingo, an Akron native, had a career-high 18 points to lead Wright State, 13 in the second half, with James also adding 18 points.to lead Wright State. Kim Demmings had 16 and Tayler Stanton posted a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds. The other Raider starter, Elkins, chippd in eight points and six boards while Hunter had nine points off the bench.
Tecca paced all scorers with a double-double of 33 points and 15 rebounds for Akron (2-2) while Hanna Luburgh had 16 points, Carly Young a double-double of 15 points and 10 boards and Hannah Plybon 10 points.
Wright State (3-1) hits the road on Thursday, November 21, for a matchup at Murray State that begins at 8:00 Eastern time.