Raiders fall in home opener to Belmont
FAIRBORN (WSU Athletics) - In their first home game of the season, the Raiders fell behind mid-way through the first quarter as they saw themselves out-rebounded 13-4. Belmont, the Ohio Valley Conference favorites proved to be too much as the Raiders were never able to cut into the lead that the Bruins built in the first quarter, only pulling within six for the remainder of the game.
The Raiders' offense was led by Emily Vogelpohl with 15 points, nine of which came from behind the arc. Mackenzie Taylor added another 13 points and converted all of her eight free throws. Coming off the bench Michal Miller also scored in the double-digits, adding 10 points.
After an early back and forth, the Bruins pulled away and gained a 12 point lead over the Raiders. By the end of the first quarter the lead would grow to 14 points. Michal Miller put in two of her three attempts from range and totaled eight points in the first quarter.
The Raiders opened up the quarter scoring on four straight possessions which included three 3-pointers from senior Emily Vogelpohl. Wright State was able to cut the Bruins' lead and draw within six points. Shots from range kept the Raiders close as they hit four of their attempts from three during the quarter.
The highlight of the third quarter came when Angel Baker had a pickpocket turnover which was quickly recovered by Anisja Harris and given back to Baker who finished the play on the other end and pulled the Raiders within ten points of the Bruins.
A majority of scoring came from the line for the Raiders, converting nine of their 15 attempts. Belmont's ability to cover up the ball proved too much for Wright State as the Bruins were able to haul in four offensive and seven defensive rebounds.
By the Numbers
The Raiders hit 5 of 9 attempts from three-point range in the first half with three coming from Emily Vogelpohl and two from Michal Miller
Wright State outscored Belmont in the second quarter 18-16
The Raiders went perfect from the line, converting all eight of their free throw attempts
Bruins player and OVC Preseason Player of the Year, Darby Maggard scored a game-high 24 points
After being outscored 28-14 in the first quarter the Raiders tightened things up, scoring 49 points to the Bruins' 51
Belmont shot 48.3 from the field and out rebounded the Raiders 44-22
The Raiders travel to East Lansing, MI to take on the Michigan State Spartans on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.