Up just four at the half, the Wright State women's basketball team exploded for 48 points the final 20 minutes in pulling away for an 84-62 win at Chicago State Sunday afternoon.
Chicago State led 22-19 on the fourth three-pointer of the first half by Tierra Williams at the 6:14 mark, only to see the Raiders regain the lead on a Kim Demmings jumper and a KC Elkins three. The game was then tied on two occasions before WSU went in front for good at 32-26 on back-to-back Elkins triples, the second with 2:09 remaining.
Wright State took a 36-32 lead into the break as the Raiders shot 34 percent in the opening 20 minutes, including four of 14 from three-point range, while the Cougars shot 41 percent overall and were five of eight from behind the arc.
Three consecutive layups from Ivory James and a Demmings basket pushed the advantage into double figures to start the second half and Demmings later capped off a 21-4 run with seven points to make it 57-36 with 12:40 remaining.
Chicago State would get no closer than 16 the rest of the way as WSU extended the margin to as much as 27 twice in the final six minutes.
Both teams shot the ball well in the second half as the Raiders hit for 49 percent while the Cougars were at 55 percent. Wright State, though, finished with 28 more attempts for the contest thanks to a 44-36 rebounding edge, including 20-8 on the offensive end, and by forcing 28 turnovers while committing 12. WSU led 35-11 in points off of turnovers and 25-3 in second-chance points.
The Raiders came one point shy of having all five starters score in double figures as Demmings led the way with 21 points and added seven steals while James had a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds, Tayler Stanton and Tay'ler Mingo 10 points each and Elkins had nine points. Mingo dished out seven assists.
Tierra Williams paced Chicago State (2-9) with 21 points off the bench, all but three coming in the first half, while Paris Williams had 17 and Cailin Nix 11.
Wright State (11-3) wraps up the nonleague portion of its schedule on Thursday, January 2, with the annual meeting with crosstown rival Dayton, this time at UD Arena, starting at 7:00.