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Women’s Basketball: Back to Back Wins Over Cleveland State

Wright State basketball | Photograph by Soham Parikh | The Wright State Guardian

Wright State basketball | Photograph by Soham Parikh | The Wright State Guardian

The Women’s basketball team faced off against the Cleveland State Vikings in two games over the weekend on Jan. 8 and 9. They won both games, winning game one 64-54 and game two 64-46. 

The players to watch for Wright State were Tyler Frierson on defense with 15 rebounds, Angel Baker from distance and up close offensively with 26 points, and Destyne Jackson, who was named the Horizon League Freshman of the Week after her performances versus Youngstown State.   

For Cleveland State, Mariah White was an offensive threat all weekend with 33 points over both games, and Nadia Dumas had 15 Rebounds over both games, matching Frierson. 

The best off the board 

Teams led by Coach Merriweather have always been good at crashing the glass, but this season is something special.   

With all the players contributing to their aggressive style of play, they are currently averaging an insane 19.5 offensive rebounds per game, putting them third in the country for Division 1 offensive rebounds. 

The team is also ninth in the nation for rebound differential, just showing how much they are unafraid to get physical, how much they dominate their opponents, and how hungry every player is to get the basketball. 

Leading the charge for the rebounds are Tyler Frierson and Shamarre Hale, averaging 13.4 rebounds together per game. These players are at the top of their game right now, as some of the best rebounders on one of the best rebounding teams in the country. 

Merriweather madness 

You cannot talk about the success of this Women’s team over the past few years without talking about the dominance of Head Coach Katrina Merriweather.   

In her fifth season for the Raiders, she picked up her 100th career win on Friday night, averaging 20 wins over five seasons.  

On her first-ever season as Head coach for the Raiders, she led the Women’s team through a historic season, winning 25 games and becoming co-champions of the Horizon League for the first time in program history.

Noah Kindig

Sports Reporter

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