Women’s basketball notebook: Plenty to gain from dominating loss
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Saturday did not go the way Wright State head coach Mike Bradbury had hoped.
The No. 7-ranked Louisville Cardinals handed the Raiders their biggest loss in program history in a 99-40 contest.
Despite the loss, Bradbury said the team could use the loss as a learning experience. He said he would go back and look at the game film during the Raiders’ eight-day gap until their next game.
“We have to look at what we have to do better from a technical standpoint as well as an effort standpoint,” Bradbury said.
Before Saturday, the Raiders were off to a 7-2 start to the season coming off wins over the University of Miami, NC State and James Madison.
A tough schedule for WSU was paying dividends early in the season.
Topping Louisville would have taken a yeoman’s effort. The Cardinals are coming off a Final Four appearance and defeating Baylor in what was considered one of the greatest upsets in women’s basketball history.
A competitive contest could have been a real confidence booster heading into WSU’s conference slate in four weeks. Instead, the Raiders were handed a stinging loss.
“If you’re a good player, you’re not going to lose confidence over one loss,” Bradbury said. “You should feel humbled.”
For a squad that typically has no more than 1,000 fans at home games, the atmosphere in the KFC Yum! Center was unusual. A crowd of 7,163 was on hand for the contest. The size of the arena is comparable to those in the NBA and proved to be an intimidating environment for the Raiders.
Saturday’s crowd was twice as large as the biggest crowd the current roster of Raiders has played before. Two seasons ago, WSU played in front of 3,447 at Green Bay.
“I think you can gain something from this,” WSU’s leading scorer Kim Demmings said. “I am just going to take what I can from film and get better.”
Demmings shut down by Cards
Demmings entered Saturday’s contest in the top 10 nationally in scoring, averaging 24.2 points per game. After shooting 2-for-15 versus Louisville, Demmings left with a season-low four points.
Saturday broke an 18-game streak of scoring in double figures for Demmings.
Louisville coach Jeff Walz had one goal in stopping Demmings from scoring.
“Our goal was to be there on the catch every time she touched the basketball,” he said.
Demmings scored 85 points last weekend over the course of three games. She has led an offense that has averaged 83 points a game.
“She is a special player, she’ll probably be on the Wade Trophy watch list,” Walz said. “You didn’t get a chance to see it tonight.”