Despite shooting just 28 percent from the field for the game, the Wright State women's basketball team gradually pulled away for a 63-48 Horizon League victory over Valparaiso Thursday night at the Wright State Nutter Center, extending its winning streak to 10 straight.
Both teams came out cold as neither scored until Meredith Hamlet put the Crusaders up 2-0 with a jumper at the 4:26 mark of the first quarter. The Raiders went out in front for good at 6-4 on a Chelsea Welch layup and an Emily Vogelpohl jumper and took an 8-4 margin into the second stanza following two Lexi Smith foul shots.
The WSU lead was just two until Welch scored the final six points of the first half, four coming at the free throw line, to make it 24-16 at the break.
Wright State hit just six of 35 shots in the opening 20 minutes for 17 percent while Valparaiso was seven of 25 for 28 percent. The Raiders, though, also hit 12 of 16 foul shots while the Crusaders made their only attempt.
A Symone Simmons layup and a Welch three pushed the margin into double figures at 30-18 with seven minutes remaining in the third period, and WSU extended the lead to 46-32 on a Mackenzie Taylor triple at the 1:33 mark.
Valpo tallied the next seven points to close to within seven early in the fourth quarter before Wright State answered with seven straight of its own, the final four by Welch.
The Raiders shot 28 percent for the contest compared to 30 percent for the Crusaders, but were also 19 of 26 at the foul line while Valparaiso was six of seven.
WSU also led 17-2 in points off of turnovers as they forced 17 while committing just seven.
Welch finished with 26 points, 16 in the second half, while Smith had 13 points. Simmons collected a career-high 17 rebounds.
Wright State (19-5, 11-1 Horizon), winners of 10 straight and 15 of its last 16, wraps up the five-game homestand on Saturday, February 11, with a 4:30 contest against UIC.