Women’s Basketball: Flyers withstand Raiders’ charge, pull away late

Andrew Smith, Sports Editor

Wright State head coach Mike Bradbury said on Tuesday that the series between WSU and Dayton should not be referred to as a “rivalry” because the results of the games, especially recently, have been one-sided in favor of the Flyers.

On Thursday night, it was the same story.

All five UD starters reached double-figures- including guard Andrea Hoover, who flirted with a triple-double (29-9-8)- and the Flyers withstood several late runs by the Raiders to win 112-85 at UD Arena.

“They are super-talented,” Bradbury said of Dayton following the game. “I mean, they just keep coming at ya. They’re well-coached and they play extremely hard.”

The Flyers’ 14-point halftime lead grew to 18, after a Ally Mallott layup, two minutes into the second half. During the ensuing three minutes, a Raiders’ scoring flurry whittled the deficit to 66-61 with 13:57 left in the game.

The Flyers’ size advantage helped UD gain a commanding +28 rebounding edge and made scoring near the paint very difficult for the Raiders.

UD kept the scoring pressure on WSU and answered the Raiders’ scoring until both time and fouls became a factor.

The Raiders knew they would be faced with a potent offense and a considerable height disadvantage. The Flyers used both to their advantage, en route to a 57-29 rebounding advantage and a 56.5 percent shooting performance, including 62.5 percent in the second half.

Ivory James said the Flyers’ creativity on offense kept the Raiders on their heels defensively, but rebounding also played a big role in the outcome.

“The size advantage was the main thing, but they did a lot of screening and rolling, and I would give most of the credit to their rebounding, so that’s hurts a lot,” James said.

The 112 points allowed by WSU is the most the team has given up under Bradbury, and the most the Raiders have surrendered since 2002, in a 110-69 loss at Miami-Ohio. That point total also tied a program record for UD, set in 1973 against Capital in a 112-30 win.

WSU had to find scoring from some players that do not normally find their names at the top of the points category on the box scores. Tayler Stanton led the Raiders at halftime with nine points and finished with 12 after playing much of the second half in foul trouble. Guard Sarah Hunter scored a season-high 19 in 26 minutes and Breanna Stucke chipped in nine points off the bench.

The Raiders’ dynamic three-guard trio of Kim Demmings, Tay’ler Mingo and James combined for 36 points- 18 of which belonged to James- on 12 of 43 shooting. Demmings struggled to find an offensive rhythm and finished with 10 points on 4-of-17 shooting before fouling out of the game with 3:11 left.

“We thought if we could get to 100 [points] we’d have a chance and if we would have, I think we would have had a chance because…if we would have scored some of those baskets, now they’re (UD) not running in transition,” Bradbury said.

The Flyers finished with a 35-20 edge in fast break points.

The Raiders (11-4) must rebound quickly with the start of Horizon League play only three days away. WSU hosts Detroit (3-10) Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.

“We played hard enough and good enough and it had nothing to do with what they did. We were wide open all night long and just couldn’t make a shot,” Bradbury said.

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