The Wright State women's basketball team overcame an early 15-2 deficit to lead by one in the second half, but could not hold on in dropping a 70-60 decision at Valparaiso Thursday night.
The Crusaders jumped out to that early lead, only to see WSU cut the deficit to 17-15 on a Molly Fox layup with 5:48 remaining in the first half. Kim Demmings eventually tied it at 22 on a three-point play before Valparaiso tallied the final six points to go up 28-22 at the break.
Valpo shot 42 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes, including four of nine from three-point range, while the Raiders shot just 24 percent overall and were one of 13 from behind the arc.
A Courtney Boyd three from the left corner gave WSU a 39-38 edge with 13:27 to play and Demmings tied it at 44 on a jumper at the 11:39 mark, but Valparaiso followed with 12 straight points to go in back in front for good.
Wright State tried to make a comeback in the final minutes, trimming the margin to 65-60 on a Demmings three with a minute left, but would get no closer as the Crusaders scored the final five points of the game.
Valparaiso shot 40 percent for the game and hit 19 of 24 foul shots while the Raiders shot 30 percent and were 13 of 17 at the stripe.
Demmings paced WSU with 24 points, 16 in the second half, while Fox posted a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds. Breanna Stucke had seven points off the bench, Boyd six points and seven boards and Shaunda Sandifer chipped in 11 rebounds.
Tabitha Gerardot led the Crusaders (9-19, 5-12 Horizon) with 25 points while Ashley Varner recorded a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds.
With the loss and Detroit's win at Butler, Wright State (19-10, 12-5 Horizon) will be the #3 seed for next week's Horizon League Tournament. The Raiders' opponent for the quarterfinals is already set as WSU will host #6 seed Loyola on Wednesday, March 7, at 7:00.
Before then, however, Wright State closes out the regular season Saturday with a 2:00 contest at Hinkle Fieldhouse against the Butler Bulldogs.