A KC Elkins three from the right corner as time expired lifted the women's basketball team to a thrilling 79-77 win over James Madison in the third-place game of the Gulf Coast Showcase Sunday in Estero, Florida.
The Dukes broke an early 3-3 tie with five straight points and later stretched the advantage to 28-16 on a Kirby Burkholder layup with 8:23 remaining in the first half. WSU, however, stormed back with a 16-4 burst over the next 3:25 to even things againat 32, eight of those coming from Kim Demmings and six by Tay'ler Mingo.
The game was tied four more times in the period before Burkholder evened it again at 42 with a layup going into halftime.
JMU shot 50 percent from the field in the first half, including three of six from three-point range, but was just three of seven from the foul line while the Raiders shot 48 percent overall, only two of eight from behind the arc, but hit 16 of 20 at the stripe.
Neither team had more than a four-point edge the entire second half as they were 10 ties and 10 lead changes altogether. Wright State looked to be in control up 76-73 in the final minute before James Madison used two Toia Giggetts free throws and, after a turnover, another Burkholder basket to make it 77-76 with 19.7 seconds left.
After a Raider timeout, Demmings had the ball at midcourt to set up a final shot, but she was defended at the foul line, resulting in a pass to Elkins in the right corner, who drained the game-winning three, WSU's only three the entire second half.
The Dukes continued their hot shooting in the second half, hitting for 56 percent to end the game at 52 percent overall compared to 41 percent for the Raiders. James Madison also dominated points in the paint by a 50-30 count.
Wright State, meanwhile, shot 36 in the second half to finish at 41 percent for the game, but the Raiders led 27-18 in points off of turnovers and made 28 of 34 foul shots compared to seven of 11 for JMU.
Demmings, who was named to the All-Tournament Team, posted her first double-double of the season as she had 28 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Mingo added 26 points thanks in part to hitting 16 of 17 foul shots, including each of her final 16 attempts.
Burkholder recorded a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds for James Madison (5-2).
Wright State (7-2) faces another daunting task on Saturday, December 7, as the Raiders face defending national runner-up and #4 ranked Louisville (7-1) at the KFC Yum! Center. Tip-off is at 7:00.