A 21-5 first-half run was too much for Wright State to overcome as the Raiders dropped an 82-65 decision at Seattle Sunday afternoon in the Women's Basketball Invitational quarterfinals.
Molly Fox put WSU up 6-5 at the 14:58 mark of the first half, only to see the Redhawks scored 21 of the game's next 26 points, eight coming from Sylvia Shephard, to go up 26-11 midway through the period.
Wright State cut the deficit to 29-23 following a Kim Demmings jumper with 5:06 remaining, but Talisa Rhea three in the final seconds gave Seattle a 42-32 halftime lead.
Both teams shot 43 percent overall in the opening 20 minutes, but the Redhawks were six of 14 from three-point range compared to three of 13 for the Raiders and Seattle had nine more shot attempts thanks in part to a 9-4 offensive rebound edge, which also resulted in a 13-2 differential in second-chance points.
WSU closed to within seven twice in the initial two minutes of the second half, the second on a Courtney Boyd three and trailed by just 10 at 69-59 on a Demmings triple with 5:33 left, but could get no closer.
Seattle shot 43 percent for the game and was 12 of 32 from three while the Raiders shot 38 percent and were 10 of 34 from behind the arc. The Redhawks held a 43-40 edge on the boards, 15-13 on the offensive end, and led 17-8 in second-chance points and 25-18 in points off of turnovers.
Fox, in her final collegiate game, led Wright State (21-13) with a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds while Demmings nearly posted one as well with 18 points and nine boards. Boyd added 15 points on five three-pointers while Sandifer, also playing her final collegiate game, gathered in 11 rebounds.
Seattle (20-11) who will host Northern Iowa Wednesday in the WBI semifinals, was led by Rhea's 18 points while Shephard had 17 and Kacie Sowell chipped in a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds.