Saturday's women's roundup: Wayne State hangs on

The Detroit News

It didn't come easy Saturday, but the Wayne State women's basketball team once again is off to a red-hot start.

Wayne State nearly led a 10-point lead with 1:38 left slip away before holding off Saginaw Valley State, 76-73, in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game.

Wayne State improved to 11-1, equaling last year's record to open the season for the third-best start in program history. It's the seventh straight victory for Wayne State, ranked No. 8 in the country.

Saginaw Valley (6-8, 1-7) had the ball with a chance to tie with 11 seconds remaining, but couldn't get a shot off.

Shareta Brown led Wayne State with 20 points and 18 rebounds, while Amber McCann added 11 points.

Samantha Zirzow led Saginaw Valley with 16 points and eight rebounds.

More state women

(At) Oakland 89, Milwaukee 56: Olivia Nash and Nola Anderson scored 23 points apiece as Oakland easily won its Horizon League opener.

Sinclair Russell had 15 points and 15 rebounds for Oakland (7-7, 1-0 Horizon), and Elena Popkey added 16 points and eight assists.

Oakland shot 54.8 percent from the floor for the game, including 63 percent (17 for 27) in the second half.

Ashley Green (5-9, 1-1) led Milwaukee with 12 points on 5-of-20 shooting.

(At) Wright State 76, Detroit 57: Tay'ler Mingo scored 27 points for Wright State, which blew open the game with a big second half.

Ellisha Crosby scored 24 for Detroit (5-10, 0-2 Horizon), which led 35-27 at halftime, and Rosanna Reynolds added 17 and seven rebounds.

Wright State outscored Detroit 49-22 in the second half.

(At) Central Michigan 56, Northern Illinois 43: Crystal Bradford scored 20 as Central Michigan remained unbeaten in the Mid-American Conference.

Lorreal Jones added 11 points and 12 rebounds for Central (8-6, 3-0), while Jas'Mine Bracey scored 10.

Amanda Corral scored 12 for Northern Illinois (5-7, 1-1).

(At) Akron 65, Eastern Michigan 48: Eastern Michigan (7-6, 0-2 MAC) trailed by 18 at halftime, and never recovered.

Sera Ozelci led Eastern with 11 points, while Shannise Heady added 10.

Hannah Plybon scored 25 for Akron (12-2, 2-1).

(At) Ball State 54, Western Michigan 36: Western Michigan (9-5, 2-1) struggled through 26.8 percent shooting from the floor, including missing 14 of 15 from 3-point range.

A.J Johnson scored nine for Western. Shelbie Justice scored 18 for Ball State (7-7, 3-0).

OTHER SCORES

GLIAC

Michigan Tech 63, Ashland 39

Findlay 93, Hillsdale 79

Northern Michigan 72, Lake Erie 47

Tiffin 72, Lake Superior 66

Walsh 82, Ferris State 79

Northwood 81, Ohio Dominican 75

Grand Valley 85, Malone 60

MIAA

Olivet 56, Trine 55

Albion 67, Adrian 65 (OT)

Calvin 76, Alma 53

Hope 73, Kalamazoo 64