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Raiders comeback falls short against IUPUI

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FAIRBORN (WSU Athletics) - The Wright State women's basketball team, down by as much as 15 points in the third quarter, came back to cut the lead to one late in the fourth quarter but couldn't overcome IUPUI's lead, losing 64-61 at the Nutter Center Sunday afternoon.

Wright State was led by Emily Vogelpohl with 16 points while senior Chelsea Welch had 13 points and Mackenzie Taylor added 10 points.

The Raiders shot well in the first and fourth quarters but fell short in the middle periods, going seven of 27 from the field. The Raiders are now 15-5, 6-2 while the Jaguars are 15-4, 7-1.

GAME SUMMARY

First Half Highlights

Both teams came out strong, exchanging leads throughout but the Raiders took the lead after the first quarter 22-21.

The intensity remained as IUPUI took a halftime lead of 39-33 into the locker room.

Mackenzie Taylor had all of her 10 points in the first half for the Raiders as Welch added nine points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

After shooting 56% in the first quarter, the Raiders dipped to 27% in the second quarter.

Danielle Lawrence had 16 points for IUPUI.

Second Half Highlights

Cold shooting continued as WSU hit four of 16 shots in the third quarter as IUPUI led 53-42.

Vogelpohl was 7 of 13 from the field to lead the Raiders with 16 points, including a big three with 3:46 remaining to bring the Raiders within one.

Welch finished with 13 points, six rebounds, five assists, two blocks and three steals.

Mackenzie had 10 points with two threes while Symone Simmons grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

The Jags shot 51% form the field in the game, including 75% in the third quarter.

Lawrence ended the game with 25 points for IUPUI.

FACTS AND FIGURES

IUPUI outscored the Raiders in the paint 40-24 while the Raiders' bench outscored the Jags 13-2.

The lead changed 12 times with there ties.

POST-GAME REACTION

"This was coming. It is probably better for us than not to play well and win. This is a perfect time for us to get our stuff together."

--WSU head coach Katrina Merriweather

NEXT UP

The Raiders play at Cleveland State Thursday and at Youngstown State Saturday. The games can be seen on ESPN3.

Cleveland State is currently 12-7, 4-4 while the Penguins are 7-12, 3-5. WSU defeated YSU at home 73-50 on January 15.

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