The Wright State women's basketball team saw Akron erase a nine-point halftime deficit and go up one with 1:49 to play, but the Raiders outscored the Zips 5-2 the rest of the way to pull out a 73-71 win Saturday afternoon at Rhodes Arena.
A Breanna Stucke layup and an Ivory James three gave WSU a quick 5-0 lead, only to see Akron tie it at 10 thanks to three three-pointers. Wright State went back in front with six straight points, including back-to-back baskets by Kim Demmings, but the Zips responded with a 16-2 run, a run that featured four more three-pointers, to go up 26-18 with 8:32 remaining in the half.
The Raiders, though, eventually tied it again at 29 following a KC Elkins three-point play and that was the start of a 14-2 run to end the half with WSU up 40-31.
Wright State shot 44 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes while Akron shot 33 percent despite hitting seven of 14 three-point attempts.
The margin was still nine at 57-48 on a Kayla Lamotte layup with 8:57 to play, but the Zips tallied seven consecutive points to close to within two and Akron eventually took a 69-68 lead on a Sina King putback with 1:49 left.
Demmings, however, gave the Raiders the lead for good with two foul shots at the 57.9-second mark and Stucke made it 72-69 with two more with 27.3 seconds to go. Kacie Cassell had a putback to cut the deficit to one before Lamotte hit one of two free throws at the 15.2-second mark.
Akron had one final chance, but a three attempt by Taylor Ruper went off the side of the rim, bounced up and nearly went in before falling to the ground.
WSU shot 44 percent for the game and went 19 of 24 from the line while the Zips shot 38 percent and were eight of 15 from the stripe.
Demmings led the Raiders with a season-high 25 points while Stucke posted her first career double-double of 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. James had 10 while Taylor Stanton added seven points and 11 boards.
Hanna Luburgh paced Akron (7-2) with 26 points while Rachel Tecca had 16 and Ruper 11.
Wright State (3-4) returns to action on Wednesday, December 12, by hosting Urbana at 7:00.