The Wright State women's basketball team saw a 14-point lead get trimmed to two with 3:07 left, but outscored Detroit 15-8 the rest of the way to defeat the Titans 91-82 Thursday night at WSU's Nutter Center.
Detroit scored the first six points of the contest on back-to-back Chanahl Putnam threes and the margin was still six at 11-5 until an 8-0 Raider burst, half comin from Molly Fox, gave WSU its first lead of the night at 13-11 at the 15:51 mark.
Another 8-0 Wright State run, including four more by Fox, put the Raiders up 23-16 and the lead gradually increased to 12 on a Kim Demmings three before a Senee Shearer in the closing seconds made it 42-32 at the break.
WSU shot 53 percent from the field and was eight of nine at the foul line in the first half compared to 40 percent shooting for the Titans, who were two for two at the stripe.
A Fox three-point play gave the Raiders their biggest lead of the night at 50-36 with 16:56 remaining, only to see Detroit storm back with a 16-5 run over the next five minutes.
A Courtney Boyd three stemmed the tide and the margin went back up to 63-54 on a three and jumper from Demmings, but the Titans would not go away quietly as two Jalesa Jones foul shots made it 76-74 with 3:07 left.
Demmings, though, answered with jumpers on back-to-back possessions and connected on two free throws at the 1:13 mark to make it 84-74. Detroit would get no closer than seven the rest of the way as the Raiders sealed the win by hitting all six foul shots over the final 34.9 seconds.
WSU shot 49 percent for the game and was 27 of 32 at the line while the Titans shot 44 percent and were 15 of 19 at the stripe.
Demmings led all scorers with 34 for the Raiders, 22 in the second half, while Fox added a career-high 31, eclipsing the 30 she had against Loyola on February 4. Shaunda Sandifer posted a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Shareta Brown paced Detroit (14-12, 10-4 Horizon) with 26 points, all but two coming after halftime, while Shearer had 19, Jones 13 and Putnam 12.
Wright State (17-9, 10-4 Horizon) continues its three-game homestand with two more next week, taking on Youngstown State on Thursday, February 23, at 7:00 followed by Cleveland State on Saturday, February 25, at 2:00.