It was a Senior Day to remember for guard KC Elkins, of West Jefferson, as she set a school record with 10 three-pointers and scored a career-high 37 points in leading the Wright State women’s basketball team to a 101-80 Horizon League win over Valparaiso in the regular-season finale for both teams on Saturday, March 8, at WSU’s Nutter Center.
The Crusaders scored the opening two points of the game, but that turned out to be Valpo’s only lead of the day as the Raiders scored the next nine points to take the lead for good. The margin was only three, though, until three three-pointers from Elkins made it 37-27 with 3:50 remaining in the half.
Another Elkins triple extended the advantage to 14 before a three and jumper by Lexi Miller drew Valparaiso to within nine at the break at 44-35.
The Crusaders shot 62 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes compared to 44 percent for WSU, but the Raiders had eight more attempts thanks in part to a 16-6 turnover differential and hit seven of 17 threes while Valparaiso was two of five.
A Liz Horton basket cut the Wright State lead to 57-54 at the 12:31 mark of the second half, only to see the Raiders answer with a 14-2 run over the next four minutes to push the margin into double figures at 71-56.
Valparaiso would get no closer than 11 the rest of the way as the WSU lead grew to as much as 99-73 on a Courtney Boyd three with 1:50 left.
The Raiders shot 46 percent overall and connected on 15 in 36 attempts for 42 percent. The 15 threes tie a school record, previously set against UIC on Feb. 2, 2012 and against Cleveland State on Feb. 25 of that same year.
WSU was also 16 of 18 at the foul line and led 44-13 in points off turnovers as they forced 28 while committing 10.
Elkins finished with 37 points, including a school-record 10 threes on 14 attempts. The 10 break the previous mark of eight set by Maria Bennett against Valparaiso on Jan. 8, 2011. Elkins also had four assists and four steals
The 37 points are the most by a Horizon League player in a game this season, bettering the 36 scored by Demmings at Oakland on February 18 and by Milwaukee’s Avyanna Young against Valparaiso on Feb. 1.
Demmings posted a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds while Ivory James had 15 points and Tayler Stanton 11 points and nine rebounds.
Sharon Karungi paced Valparaiso with 20 points off the bench as the Crusaders shot 60 percent from the floor for the game. Horton had 16, Jessi Wiedemann 12 and Jessica Carr and Miller 11 each.
Wright State (23-8, 12-4 Horizon) opens Horizon League Tournament play on Wednesday, March 12, as the No. 2 seeded Raiders host No. 7 seed Milwaukee (8-21, 4-12 Horizon) at 7 p.m. The semifinals will be on Friday, March 14, at the site of the highest remaining seed, with the final set for 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 16, at the semifinal site. The winner of the tournament receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Player of the
Elkins has been named as the Horizon League Player of the Week for the week ending March 9, it was announced Monday by the league office.
In Elkins’ Senior Day offensive explosion Saturday against Valparaiso she set a school record and tied a Horizon League mark for three-pointers in a game with 10. She was 10 of 14 from behind the arc en route to scoring a career-high 37 points, which are the most by any league player in a game this season. Elkins also added four assists and four steals.
Currently ranked sixth in the league in steals per game at 1.8, 12th in three-point percentage at .352 and 15th in threes made per game at 1.6, Elkins is second on the Raider all-time list in games played with 121, just one behind Molly Fox (2008-12). She is also sixth in threes made (128) and ninth in threes attempted (396).