The best start in Wright State’s women’s basketball history - at least since the program moved to Division I - continued Saturday as the Raiders beat Bradley 87-71 at the Nutter Center in the championship game of the Wright State Invitational.
The Raiders improved to 10-3 with their third straight victory. They get eight days to enjoy this streak because they don’t play again until Dec. 29 at Chicago State.
“It makes Christmas a little better,” senior guard KC Elkins said.
“That is a pretty good Christmas gift,” junior guard Kim Demmings said. “Just being around the girls is a good feeling. That is a Christmas gift, too.”
After scoring a total of 13 points in the previous two games, Demmings scored 59 points in the two Wright State Invitational games and was named tournament MVP. She had 29 Friday in a 90-77 victory over Gardner-Webb and 30 Saturday against Bradley. It’s the third time this season she’s scored at least 30 points.
Ivory James scored 17 Saturday. Elkins had 12, and Tay’ler Mingo added 10. Tayler Stanton led the Raiders with six rebounds, and Mingo had a team-best five assists.
The Raiders hit 11-of-24 3-pointers. They never trailed, led by 14 points at halftime and by as many as 22 in the second half. They forced 25 turnovers against Bradley (3-7).
“This is as good as we’ve been defensively,” coach Mike Bradbury said. “That team scores and scores and scores. For about 35 minutes, we were really good.”
Lipscomb beat Gardner-Webb 86-68 in the consolation game.