Women’s basketball: Valparaiso rallies, but Wright State wins at buzzer
Post-Tribune staff report January 31, 2013 11:33PM
Updated: February 8, 2013 6:25PM
DAYTON, Ohio — Shaquira Scott scored on a runner with 21.2 seconds to go to give Valparaiso a one-point lead, but Wright State’s Kim Demmings scored with 6.3 seconds to go to lift the Raiders a 67-66 victory.
Valparaiso came down the floor and Scott’s 18-footer at the buzzer hit the side of the rim and bounced away.
“She’s quick, she got to the rim and she scored,” Crusaders coach Tracey Dorow said of Demmings. “They put the ball in the hands of the best player on the floor and she scored.”
The Crusaders had battled back from a 13-point first-half deficit to take their first lead of the game at 53-52 on a three-point play from Tabitha Gerardot with 5:33 left. The play capped a 14-2 run.
“We ran in transition, we moved the ball well,” Dorow said. “We found the open person and we knocked down shots. We were a lot more aggressive and played with a lot more confidence in the second half.”
Charae Richardson opened the run with a 3-pointer, and after a basket from Scott, Richardson scored in transition and was fouled. Her free throw cut the lead to three.
Gerardot tied the game with a 3-pointer and after a jumper from Demmings, her three-point play gave the Crusaders the lead.
Wright State built the lead to five, but Jessi Wiedemann tied the game at 62 with five-straight points. After swishing a pair of free throws, she buried a 3-pointer from the corner to even things up with 1:57 to go.
Demmings hit 3-pointer, but Richardson hit two free throws and then Scott’s runner gave the Crusaders the lead.
Gerardot recorded her sixth double-double of the season (19th career) with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Her jumper early in the second half gave her 1000 points for her career, becoming the 13th player in Valparaiso history to record 1,000 points.