Wright State women capture Horizon League tourney title, earn NCAA berth

Wright State and Green Bay have made a habit of meeting each other in the Horizon League Tournament championship game. They resumed that rivalry today, and the Raiders gutted out a 55-52 victory to advance to the Division I NCAA Tournament for the second time in school history.

It marks the continuation of a signature season for Wright State women’s basketball. The team won 27 games (27-6), setting the program record for most victories in a single season. The previous record was 26 set by the 2013-14 team.

The Raiders won the regular season Horizon League championship, too, earning the top seed in the Horizon League Tournament. The NCAA Selection Show will be Monday night.

Three Raiders were honored by league officials for their performances in Detroit. Named to the All-Tournament team were Emily VogelpohlMackenzie Taylor with Michal Miller being named MVP of the Horizon League Motor City Madness Tournament. 
Vogelpohl led all players with 14 points while adding five rebounds. Miller tallied 13 points, eight of which came in the first half. Symone Simmons pulled down 14 rebounds and added eight points, six of which came from behind the arc. Tyler Frierson snared13 rebounds and converted all four of her free throws.

Wright State soared to a double-digit lead in the second quarter, but the Phoenix rallied, and trailed 37-36 entering the final quarter.

There were two lead changes in the first minute of the 4th quarter, but a three-pointer from Simmons and later a three-pointer from Vogelpohl as the shot clock expired lifted the Raiders to a 47-38 advantage.

Wright State staged a 10-0 run, and after a Green Bay timeout, the Phoenix responded and trimmed the deficit to five. Green Bay tied the score at 49-49 with 1:28 left. On Wright State’s next possession, Vogelpohl buried a long two from the top of the key, and Frierson swatted away a shot at the other end, which gave Wright State the ball.
Green Bay sent the Raiders to the charity stripe, where Vogelpohl hit both of her free throws, but Laken James drained a three for the Phoenix to cut Wright State’s lead to one.

With 17 seconds left, Michal Miller was fouled and hit one of two, giving Green Bay a chance to tie or take the lead. Carly Mohns’ would-be three-pointer caromed off the rim and into the hands of Vogelpohl, who hit one of two from the line.

The Phoenix had one more chance to tie, but Wright State’s suffocating defense prevented them from taking a shot before the game ended.

By the Numbers

  • The Raiders shot 10 three-pointers in the first quarter but converted just one.
  • The Phoenix were held scoreless in the second quarter until the 3:28 mark
  • After trailing Green Bay, 11-5, entering the second quarter, the Raiders would flip the script and lead 27-16 going into halftime
  • Green Bay was held to 17.9 percent shooting from the floor in the first half
  • Green Bay’s leading scorer Laken James was held to just one point in the first three quarters
  • The Phoenix starters were held to just 24 points in the game
  • Wright State owned the rebound differential, 46-28

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