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Wright State Women Drop 69-67 Heartbreaker at Green Bay

GREEN BAY -- Trailing by nine with four minutes to play, the Wright State women's basketball team rallied to within one in the final minute, only to come up short as Green Bay held on for a 69-67 Horizon League decision Saturday afternoon at the Kress Center.
The Phoenix scored the initial four points of the contest and maintained the lead throughout the first half, leading by eight before the Raiders tallied the final five points of the period on an Ivory James three and a steal and layup by the senior guard to trail 33-30 at the break.
Green Bay shot 50 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes compared to 31 percent for WSU, but the Raiders stayed close with eight more attempts and by making five three-pointers compared to three for the Phoenix.
James connected on another three to start the second half and Wright State took its first lead of the day at 46-45 as Kim Demmings hit a triple with 11:21 remaining.
Green Bay, though, regained the lead for good at 51-50 on a Megan Lukan layup at the 8:48 mark and the margin grew to 65-56 on a putback by Breannah Ranger with 4:02 to play.
WSU, though, had one last comeback attempt as a pair of Demmings three-pointers and a Tayler Stanton basket cut the deficit to 67-64 with still 1:54 remaining.  After a Green Bay free throw, Sarah Hunter drove in for a score and Stanton hit one of two foul shots to make it 68-67 at the 53.1-second mark.
Kaili Lukan hit the first of two at the line with 39.7 seconds left and the Raiders had two chances to tie, but a missed three and a midcourt steal closed out the game.
Green Bay shot 51 percent for the game compared to just 32 percent for WSU, but the Raiders were 11 of 33 from three to just four of 15 for the Phoenix.  UWGB led 44-18 in ponits in the paint and was 11 of 15 at the foul line while Wright State led 17-6 in points off of turnovers and second-chance points while going 12 of 19 at the stripe.
Demmings led all scorers with 24 points, all but three coming in the second half, and set a career-high with six three-pointers.  James added 22 points, 15 in the first half, while Stanton had eight points and a career-best 16 rebounds.
Kaili Lukan had 23 to pace Green Bay (10-7, 3-2 Horizon) while Ranger had 18.
Wright State (15-6, 4-2 Horizon) wraps up a four-game road swing on Saturday, February 1, at UIC, with the game starting at 8:00 Eastern time.Wright State Women Drop 69-67 Heartbreaker at Green Bay

Saturday, January 25 2014, 06:57 PM EST

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