Women's Basketball

Women Score 100, Hit 15 Threes
Release: Wednesday 02/25/2012 
by WSU Athletic Media Relations

The Wright State women's basketball team tied the school record for threes with 15, 11 in the second half, as the Raiders pulled away for a 100-73 win over Cleveland State Saturday at WSU's Nutter Center.

The Raiders led for most of the first half, but the margin was never greater than eight as the Vikings hung close thanks to 48 percent shooting, including six of 12 from three-point range.  Wright State, meanwhile, shot 40 percent in the first half.

Eight straight points, including back-to-back threes from Kim Demmings, made it 54-42, but the lead did not appear safe as Demmings picked up her fourth foul with 14:21 remaining.

Shalonda Winton hit two foul shots on the Demming fourth foul to cut the deficit to 10, but that turned out to be all the closer Cleveland State would get the rest of the way as consecutive Courtney Boyd threes extended the lead to 64-47.

Wright State closed the game out with a flurry over the final 1:05, scoring 11 points to reach the century mark on three Abby Jump three-pointers and a layup from Kirsten Gliesmann.

The Raiders shot 54 percent from the field in the second half, including a blistering 11 of 16 from behind the arc for 69 percent, to finish at 46 percent overall and 50 percent from three.  WSU also dominated the boards by a 57-34 count and led 32-16 in points in the paint and 25-9 in second-chance points.

The 15 threes tie the school record set on February 2 against UIC and the 100 points is the first time that the Raiders have reached the century mark since winning 105-86 over St. Joseph's (IN) at the P.E. Building on February 4, 1987, WSU's final season in Division II.

After scoring a career-high 24 Thursday against Youngstown State, Boyd bettered that with 27 Saturday, including seven three-pointers.  Demmings added 25 while both of WSU's seniors posted double-doubles in their final regular-season home game (Fox 19 points, 12 rebounds; Sandifer 11 points, 19 rebounds).

Winton led all scorers with 29 for Cleveland State (10-18, 5-12 Horizon) and recorded a double-double as she added 10 rebounds.  Honesty King had 11 and Janelle Adams and Kiersten Green 10 each.

With the win, the Raiders will either be the #2 or #3 seed in the Horizon League Tournament that begins on March 5.  WSU's first tournament action will be a home game on Wednesday, March 7, at 7:00.

Before then, however, Wright State (19-9, 12-4 Horizon) has two road games on the slate next week to close out the regular season, taking on Valparaiso on Thursday, March 1, at 8:00 Eastern, followed by Butler on Saturday, March 3, at 2:00.

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