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Wright State women beat Oakland 94-85

The Wright State women's basketball team saw Oakland cut a 21-point second-half deficit to seven before holding on for a 94-85 Horizon League decision Wednesday night at WSU's Nutter Center.
The game was tied six times and there were four lead changes before KC Elkins connected on a three at the 7:36 mark of the first half to put the Raiders up for good at 23-20.  That three was the start of a 20-4 run over a 5:31 span as Wright State expanded the lead to 40-24 en route to a 42-28 halftime advantage.
WSU shot 43 percent in the opening 20 minutes compared to 39 percent for the Golden Grizzlies and hit seven of nine free throws while Oakland was three of four.
The Raiders held their biggest lead of the game at 53-32 on a Tayler Stanton layup with 17:22 remaining and were still up 73-54 on another Stanton bucket at the 8:27 mark, only to see the Golden Grizzlies storm back with a 25-13 run over the next six minutes to trail 86-79 with still 2:49 to play.
An Ivory James jumper and a Kim Demmings three, though, pushed the margin back into double figures and Oakland would get no closer than nine the rest of the way.
Wright State hit 17 of 30 shots in the second half, including five of eight three-pointers, and went 13 of 17 at the line in scoring 52 points while the Golden Grizzlies made 19 of 39 shots, six of 15 threes, and were 13 of 16 at the stripe in tallying 57 points.
Two Raiders posted double-doubles as James finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds while Tay'ler Mingo had 19 points and dished out 10 assists.  Two other WSU players scored in double figures as Stanton had 15 and Demmings 12.
Five players scored in double figures for Oakland (5-9, 0-1 Horizon) as Bethany Watterworth had 24, Elena Popkey 20, Peyton Apsey 12 off the bench and Olivia Nash and Kim Bee 11 each.  Nash recorded a double-double as she added 11 boards.
Wright State (13-4, 2-0 Horizon) hosts Cleveland State on Sunday, January 12, in the first game of a doubleheader starting at 4:30.  Following that game, the Raider men take on UIC at 7:00.Wright State women beat Oakland 94-85

Wednesday, January 8 2014, 11:32 PM EST

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