STORY BY: BLAKE SUTHERLAND STAFF WRITER
STORY EDITED BY SPORTS EDITOR CHRIS POUNDS
Photo By: Tim Zechar
Photo By: Tim Zechar
There’s a saying that all good things must come to an end, and for Wright State’s women’s basketball team, that saying crept its way into reality.
Wright State’s (22-6; HL 14-2) 13 game win streak came to an end in an 85-80 loss on Monday, Feb 20, when the Raiders traveled up north to Michigan to face the Detroit Mercy Titans (15-12; HL 11-5).
The game marked the first loss for the Raiders in the 2017 calendar year. Before the Monday night’s game, Wright State’s last loss came on New Year’s Eve against Green Bay in Wisconsin.
The Raiders went into the game on Monday having received their first vote in the AP Top 25 poll in the university’s history. Outside of the top 25 teams in the country, Wright State was one of 12 teams to receive votes. Wright State was also one of two teams to receive votes in the Horizon League as Green Bay also received four votes.
In the game, Wright State played Detroit Mercy even in the first two quarters, matching the Titans in scoring in both periods and entering halftime tied.
In the third quarter, Detroit Mercy caught fire, shooting 71 percent from the field, on 10- of-14 shooting.
Wright State would make a comeback in the final period of play, scoring 28 points in the fourth, the most of any team from any quarter. Yet the Raiders still fell short of the win.
Junior and Horizon League Player of the Week, Chelsea Welch, led all scorers with 29 points. Junior, Lexi Smith and sophomore Mackenzie Taylor added 16 and 17 points respectively.
Despite losing, Wright State still holds the top position in the Horizon League standings as the Raiders look to hold on to a potential number one seed in the Horizon League Tournament.
To hold on to that top seed Wright State will have to win their next game against the team just behind them in the conference standings in Green Bay (22-5; HL 22-6) on Friday, Feb 24 at 5:00 p.m. in the Nutter Center.
Chelsea Welch vs. Detroit Mercy