ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Down as much as 20 in the second quarter, the Wright State women’s basketball team rallied to take a one-point lead in the final period, only to see Michigan close the game with an 8-2 run to defeat the Raiders, 71-66, Saturday in the second round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament at Crisler Center on the University of Michigan campus.
It was all Wolverines in the early going as they jumped out to a 10-2 lead. Michigan was up by as much as 14 in the opening stanza before a Mackenzie Taylor free throw and a Chelsea Welch layup closed out the quarter and made the score, 23-12.
Michigan extended the advantage to 42-22 on a Danielle Williams three with 2:44 to play in the second period before WSU scored 10 straight points , including a pair of Taylor threes.
Kysre Gondrezick, though, ended the Wright State run in dramatic fashion. She drained a half-court three to put Michigan up 45-32 at halftime.
The Wolverines shot 59 percent from the field in the first half compared to just 34 percent for the Raiders, but WSU did hit eight of 16 shots in the second quarter, including four of six from behind the arc.
Wright State continued to chip away at the deficit in the third period, closing to within four at 52-48 on an Emily Vogelpohl layup at the 5:25 mark before heading into the final stanza down 61-54.
The Raiders completed the comeback with a 10-2 run to start the fourth quarter as a Welch layup gave WSU its first lead of the game at 64-63 with 4:52 remaining.
Michigan went back in front with four straight points, but another Welch layup made it 67-66 with 1:07 left.
Wright State, though, would get no closer as Hallie Thome converted a putback at the 40.7-second mark and two Nicole Munger foul shots with 1.7 seconds left rounded out the scoring.
The Wolverines shot 45 percent from the field and hit 13 of 14 foul shots compared to 38 percent shooting and five of seven at the line for the Raiders.
Four starters scored in double figures for Wright State (25-9), led by Welch’s 17 as the junior guard also added eight rebounds and four assists. Taylor chipped in 15 points while Smith had 12 along with eight boards and Vogelpohl had 10 points and seven rebounds.
Michigan (24-9) hosts St. John’s at 6 p.m. March 23 in the third round of the WNIT.
Information provided by Wright State University and the University of Michigan.