The Wright State women's basketball team trailed by just four with five minutes remaining in the first half before the Memphis offense exploded for a 109-68 decision Saturday afternoon at Elma Roane Fieldhouse.
After Ivory James scored the first two points of the contest, Memphis tallied the next 12 and led 27-13 before the Raiders rallied back with a 12-3 run over a 2:20 span, a run that saw KC Elkins and Kim Demmings each hit two three-pointers, to only trail 30-25 with 10:10 remaining in the first half.
WSU closed to within three on three occasions and was only down four with five minutes to play in the half before the Tigers went on a 7-0 run and took a 53-44 halftime lead.
Both teams shot the ball well in the opening 20 minutes as Memphis shot 51 percent overall and was six of 11 from three-point range while Wright State hit for 48 percent, including eight of 13 from behind the arc.
The Tigers, though, continued their hot shooting into the second half as they scored 24 of the first 29 points in the period and gradually built on the lead from there as they shot 55 percent for the game compared to 37 percent for the Raiders.
The 109 points are the most scored by a Wright State opponent since Miami defeated the Raiders 110-69 in Millett Hall on December 7, 2002.
WSU had three in double figures as James and Elkins each had 14 and Demmings 13.
Nicole Dickson led Memphis (9-5) with 34 points, 25 in the first half, while Ariel Hearn had 14 and Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir added 11.
Wright State (6-7) is right back on the road next week to open Horizon League play, facing Milwaukee on Thursday, January 10, at 8:00 Eastern followed by Green Bay on Saturday, January 12, at 1:00 Dayton time.