Wright State women lose 11 point lead, fall to Green Bay
The Wright State women's basketball team led by three with four minutes to play in its quest to claim the Horizon League title outright, only to see Green Bay close the game with a 10-1 run to pull out a 58-51 decision Friday night at the Wright State Nutter Center.
Trailing by three early, the Raiders scored 10 straight points, including three-pointers from Myrthe den Heeten and Chelsea Welch, to go up 13-6 with 1:35 to play in the opening period.
WSU tallied the first six points of the second stanza to take its biggest lead of the game at 21-10 with 6:47 remaining before the Phoenix scored nine of the final 11 points of the period to only trail 23-19 at the break.
The Raiders hit 10 of 21 shots from the field in the first half, including three of 11 from three-point range, while Green Bay was seven of 21 overall and two of seven from behind the arc.
The Phoenix scored seven of the first nine points of the third period to go up 26-25, but Symone Simmons put WSU back in front with a jumper and the margin was still one at 34-33 heading into the final quarter.
Wright State led by three on three different occasions in the fourth period before Green Bay went in front to stay at 51-50 on a Mehryn Kraker three at the 1:41 mark.
That turned out to be the start of the decisive 10-1 run as WSU managed just a Mackenzie Taylor free throw the rest of the way.
The Raiders shot 46 percent overall compared to 41 percent for the Phoenix, but Green Bay forced 22 turnovers while committing 13, resulting in a 22-6 differential in points off of turnovers.
Simmons posted a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds to pace WSU while Welch had 16 points and five assists.
Wright State (22-7, 14-3 Horizon) closes out the regular season on Sunday, February 26, with a 5:00 home contest against Milwaukee. Antania Hayes, the lone senior on the team, will be recognized after the game.