Up just one at the half, the Wright State women's basketball team used a 20-2 run to take control and went on to a 64-52 Horizon League win at Milwaukee Thursday evening.
The Raiders led by four on two occasions in the first half, the second being 17-13 on a Molly Fox jumper with 6:50 remaining. That would be the largest margin by either team in the opening period, however, as a Sami Tucker layup in the final minute cut the WSU lead to 22-21 at the break.
Both teams struggled offensive in first half as Wright State shot 29 percent compared to 28 percent for the Panthers.
Angela Rodriguez put Milwaukee in front 26-24 on a jumper with 18:29 to play, but that turned out to be the final lead of the night for the Panthers as WSU followed with the decisive 20-2 run over the next nine minutes. Kim Demmings gave the Raiders a three-point lead with a jumper and three-pointer and scored 12 of the 20 points during the run.
Wright State maintained a double-figure lead the rest of the way and was up 18 before the Panthers scored the final six points of the contest in the closing minute.
The Raider offense came alive in the second half, hitting 17 of 32 shots for 53 percent, including five of eight from behind the arc, while Milwaukee shot 38 percent, but just three of 13 from three-point range.
WSU held a 44-30 rebounding advantage, 13-9 on the offensive end, and led 13-2 in second-chance points.
Fox led the Raiders with a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds, with 13 of those points coming in the first half. Demmings scored all of her 13 points after halftime and had nine rebounds. Breanna Stucke had 11 points off the bench and KC Elkins eight as WSU had a 19-4 edge in bench points.
Tucker and Ashley Green paced Milwaukee (6-16, 2-9 Horizon) with 12 points each while Rodriguez had 11 and Kiki Wilson 10.
Wright State (16-8, 9-3 Horizon) faces #9-ranked Green Bay (20-1, 10-1 Horizon) Saturday at 3:00 Eastern at the Kress Events Center. The Phoenix suffered its first loss of the season Thursday, falling 70-58 at home to Detroit.