Wright State outscored SIU Edwardsville 19-10 over the final 5:10 to pull out a 73-64 road win over the Cougars Thursday night in the West Region quarterfinals of the Women's Basketball Invitational.
The Raiders came out strong, jumping to a 9-2 lead just 2:15 into the contest, only to see SIUE take the lead for the first time at 12-11 on a Katie Hempen three at the 13:34 mark. The Cougars later went up 22-17 following a Kiara Conner three-point play before WSU tallied nine straight points, the final seven from Shaunda Sandifer, and held a 29-28 edge at the half.
Wright State shot 38 percent in the opening 20 minutes compared to 31 percent for SIUE.
A Courtney Boyd three put the Raiders up 48-40 with 11:44 to play and the margin was six after a Kim Demmings triple at the 6:06 mark, but the Cougars hit back-to-back threes to tie the game at 54 with 5:33 left.
Six straight points, however, including five by Demmings, put WSU up for good and SIUE would get no closer than four the rest of the way as the Raiders hit 11 of 12 foul shots over the final 1:04 to seal the victory.
It was the second postseason win in as many seasons for the Raiders as WSU defeated Buffalo in the first round of the WBI last year, and was the first to come on the road. Wright State also now has 21 wins on the year, the second-most in school history behind a 24-6 mark in its final season in Division II in 1986-87.
For the game, the Raiders shot 38 percent and were 20 of 28 at the foul line, including 18 of 21 in the second half, while SIUE shot 30 percent and was 10 of 12 at the stripe. Wright State also finished with a 51-46 rebounding edge.
Demmings led WSU with 20 points, 16 coming in the second half, while Sandifer posted a double-double of 18 points and 16 rebounds. Boyd also added 18 points while Molly Fox also recorded a double-double of 15 points and 12 boards,
Raven Berry paced SIU Edwardsville (18-12) with 17 points.
Wright State (21-12) hits the road again for the West Region semifinals on Sunday at 5:00 Eastern as the #5 seed Raiders face #1 seed Seattle, a 61-47 winner over #8 seed North Dakota.