MILWAUKEE — Down six early in the second half, a 21-5 run proved to be the difference as the Wright State women’s basketball team defeated the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, 69-64, Thursday night at the Klotsche Center.
The Raiders scored the first seven points of the game, only to see the Panthers answer with eight straight of their own. Seven consecutive points, including a Courtney Boyd three, put WSU back up 22-16 with 6:29 remaining in the first half, but Milwaukee again had an answer, outscoring the Raiders 12-5 over the final 4:07 to take a 34-32 halftime advantage.
UWM shot 44 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes while Wright State shot 36 percent.
A pair of Sydney Snower threes early in the second half gave Milwaukee its biggest lead of the night at 40-34 and the margin was four before the Raiders went on the decisive 21-5 run, a burst that saw six different WSU players score, to make it 59-47 with 6:43 to play.
The Panthers cut the deficit to 63-59 on two Angela Rodriguez free throws at the 1:01 mark, but could get no closer as Tay’ler Mingo hit a baseline jumper just ahead of the shot clock on the next possession and later came up with two steals to help preserve the victory.
Milwaukee shot 39 percent, including 36 percent from three, compared to 36 percent shooting for Wright State, who was just four of 21 from behind the arc, but the Raiders had 13 more shot attempts thanks to a 50-46 rebounding edge and forcing 18 turnovers while committing 10.
WSU also went 11 of 17 at the foul line while UWM was eight of 21, five of 15 in the second half.
Kim Demmings led all scorers with 21 points while Mingo added 19. Ivory James had a near double-double of 14 points and nine rebounds while Tayler Stanton collected 14 boards.
Rodriguez had 13 points and nine assists for Milwaukee (5-12, 1-3 Horizon) while Snower also had 13, Ashley Green a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds and Avyanna Young 11.
Wright State (15-5, 4-1 Horizon) wraps up the Wisconsin trip on Saturday with a 2:00 Eastern contest at Green Bay.
Story provided by Wright State University.