STORY BY: BLAKE SUTHERLAND STAFF WRITER
STORY EDITED BY SPORTS EDITOR CHRIS POUNDS
Photo By: Jose Juarez
Photo By: Jose Juarez
Despite the frustration of a semi-final loss in the Horizon League Tournament, head coach Katrina Merriweather and the Wright State women’s basketball team look forward to the future, as the Raiders season is not yet over.
“I’m excited for what next week holds,” said Merriweather, who was named Horizon League Coach of the Year. “As I imagine that would be the postseason so that is what we’re hoping to hear, to play in the WNIT.”
The Raiders were announced as the automatic qualifier for the WNIT from the Horizon League following a loss to Detroit Mercy for the second time in three weeks as the Titans knocked the Raiders out of the tournament, 52-71, following Wright State’s 79-52 rout of UIC.
Wright State shot themselves out of the game, going a combined 5-31 from the field in the first half against Detroit Mercy.
Even after finding themselves only down by one at halftime, the shooting woes that had haunted this Raider team from time to time throughout the season caught up to them as the Titans took advantage of the Wright State shooting slump and shot the lights out in the second half.
“Sometimes, you just can’t quite overcome the shooting battle that we have been fighting all year but we usually find a way and tonight it just didn’t happen, said Merriweather.”
Free throw shooting kept the Raiders in the game up until the third quarter, but when they stopped getting calls, their offense stalled.
“I think in a way after we were constantly getting fouled and making free throws, that was kind of our momentum that was building up,” said junior Lexi Smith, who was named to the All-Tournament Team following the conclusion of the tournament, “but when we stopped going to the line I think in a way that kind of slowed us down a bit.”
Shooting 65 percent in the second half, Detroit Mercy extended the lead to 19 in the final minute of play, ending the Raiders hopes of going to the NCAA Tournament. No matter what Wright State tried to do offensively, they couldn’t get shots to fall.
“As they kept making shots we just tried to keep coming together and try to find a way until the end of the game,” said First Team All-Horizon League junior Chelsea Welch. “I wouldn’t say (we showed) frustration as much as trying to figure out what worked and then keep pushing it at them.”
Now that there is still at least one more game left in the season the women’s team will have to wait until late Monday afternoon to see where the WNIT selection committee will seed them for the upcoming tournament. Until then coach Merriweather, and the Raiders will get back in the gym, to practice to prep for one more tournament run.
“We’re going to get back to work,” said Merriweather, “get a couple of days off, continue to work to get better. So hopefully our season is not over yet.”
WSU Raiders 16-17 Season
“Sometimes, you just can’t quite overcome the shooting battle that we have been fighting all year but we usually find a way and tonight it just didn’t happen" said Merriweather.