WSU vs. Cleveland State Women’s Basketball | Photo by Jessica Fugett | The Wright State Guardian
The Wright State University (WSU) women’s basketball team got their first victory of the season on the road against Detroit Mercy 75-55.
The Raiders had a tough schedule to open the season, after coming up short against Bradley 61-66, then falling to Michigan 59-82.
Their first victory came at the perfect time because it was the first game of their conference schedule, so the Raiders started off with a win in the Horizon League.
WSU was led by junior guard K.K. White off the bench, who led the team with 18 points, and chipped in 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 blocks.
The Raiders dominated the first half with a score of 42-22, led by their smothering defense.
WSU held Detroit Mercy to 30.6% from the field for the entire game and forced 13 turnovers.
Points in the paint was a big story throughout the game, with the Raiders securing 34 to Detroit Mercy’s 24.
The bench was huge in this game with 39 points and due to the blowout victory, every single player got in the game.
Rebounding was a major difference led by Tyler Frierson, who pitched in 12 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists.
The Raiders outrebounded them 58-30, and had a total of 18 offensive rebounds.
The rebounds led to WSU getting 19 second chance points, while Detroit Mercy only had 12 second chance points.
Alexis Stover, who was second on the team in rebounds, had a solid all-around game with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists.
Angel Baker, who was on the Horizon League All-First Team last season, had 7 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists.
For the remainder of the season, WSU will face Horizon League opponents.
Due to the conference schedules forcing teams to play the same opponent on back-to-back days, the Raiders will face Detroit Mercy again on Dec. 13.