Head coach Mike Bradbury picked up his 100th career win and 50th at WSU Thursday night as the Wright State women's basketball team pulled away late for a 59-51 Horizon League victory at WSU's Nutter Center.
The two teams were tied five times in the first half, the final being at 16 following a Katie Hannemann layup with 4:48 remaining. From there, though, Ivory James took over for the Raiders as she scored six straight points and tallied all 13 of Wright State's points the rest of the period to make it 29-24 at the break.
Both teams struggled from the field in the opening 20 minutes as UIC shot 33 percent while WSU was at 31 percent.
Wright State led by six early in the second half and by four at 46-42 with 8:13 to play, only to see the Flames answer with five unanswered points to go up one with 5:35 remaining.
Two Breanna Stucke foul shots at the 4:18 mark, though, gave the Raiders the lead for good and after the sophomore forward connected on a three, Tayler Stanton capped off the 7-0 burst with two foul shots to make it 53-47 with 2:33 left.
UIC would get no closer than four the rest of the way as WSU hit six foul shots down the stretch to seal the victory.
The win was the 100th in the six-year head coaching career of Bradbury (100-79) and the 50th in his third season at Wright State (50-35).
Wright State hit just seven of 28 shots in the second half to finish at 28 percent overall while UIC shot 29 percent the final 20 minutes to end up at 31 percent. The Raiders, though, were 23 of 40 at the foul line, 14 of 27 in the second half, compared to just seven of 12 for the game for the Flames.
James led all scorers with 19 off the bench for WSU, 15 in the first half, while Stucke posted her second career double-double of 11 points and a career-tying 11 rebounds. Kim Demmings had a near double-double of 10 points and nine boards while Stanton had six points and 12 rebounds and KC Elkins six points, a career-high 11 rebounds and five assists.
Rachel Story paced UIC (6-11, 2-2 Horizon) with 14 points while Hannemann had a near double-double of 11 points and nine rebounds.
Wright State (9-9, 3-2 Horizon) has the weekend off before hosting Horizon League leader Green Bay Monday at 7:00.