- WSU is tied for second place in the MVC and is having one of the most successful seasons in school history. The Shockers can reach 12 conference victories for only second time since joining the Gateway/Missouri Valley Conference in 1983-84 and for the first time since going 14-4 in 1999-2000.
- The Shockers need one more win to reach 18 for just the 4th time in school history (and the second time in the last three years). Wichita State has already won 17+ games in three straight seasons, which is the first time the program has acheived such consistent success.
- Despite a pair of losses last week, WSU only dropped to No. 105 in the most recent RPI report released by the NCAA. The Shockers spent six weeks in the Top 100, marking the first time since the end of the 2001-02 season the Shockers entered the Top 100, and were ranked No. 101 last week. Missouri St. (44), Creighton (79), and Illinois St. (92) represent the Valley in the Top 100.
- Wichita State ranks 15th in the NCAA in field goal percentage (.442), 60th in free throw perentage (.725), 64th in steals per game (10.2), and 75th in three-pt defense (.285).
- WSU leads the MVC in field goal percentage (.442), scoring defense (57.5), three-point percentage defense (.286), and turnover margin (+4.3).
- Jody Adams recently passed Karen Harden (1983-89) for 3rd on the WSU all-time wins list and now owns 65 victories in 3+ seasons at WSU. She trails Kathryn Bunnell, who collected 71 wins from 1978-83, and Linda Hargrove, who holds the program record with 113 victories over nine seasons from 1989-98.
- The Shockers are 9-3 (.750) at home this year and 44-17 (.721) lifetime under Jody Adams in Koch Arena. Over the last three seasons, the Shockers have been especially tough, posting a 34-10 (.773) mark since the beginnig of the 2009-10 campaign.
- Haleigh Lankster needs four steals to tie for 2nd on the WSU career list.
- Jessica Diamond needs 26 points to become the 18th Shocker to reach 1,000 for her career.
The Braves (14-14, 5-11 MVC) are coming off a pair of home losses to Drake (77-65) and Creighton (68-59). Center Leah Kassing leads the team with 14.0 points and 7.9 rebounds while shooting .509 from the field. Katie Yohn provides a dangerous outside threat, hitting .410 (50-for-122) from three-point range. Newcomer-of-the-Year candidate Catie O'Leary (a transfer from Wisconsin) provides 10.0 points, 4.2 rebounds, and .831 (74-for-89) shooting from the free throw line.
Wichita State took the first meeting this year on Dec. 31, 71-58, in Peoria, Ill. The Shockers Chynna Turner led the Shockers with 19 points and 12 rebounds while hitting all seven of her field goal attempts. WSU scored 25 points off turnovers and shot 49.0% from the floor while holding Bradley to 34.5% shooting. Kassing tallied 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Braves and Bradley out-rebounded the Shockers, 38-31.
A LOOK AHEAD
- Following tonight's game, WSU remains at home to host UNI Saturday at 2:05 p.m. The game wraps up the regular season and will include WSU's Senior Day celebration.
- WSU was picked 3rd in MVC Pre-Season Poll - highest ranking since 2006-07 and just the second time ever WSU has been picked in the top three.
- WSU returns four starters and six letter winners, including 74% of its scoring and 76% of its rebounding from 2010-11.
- The Shockers added freshmen Alex Harden and Molly O'Brien, junior college transfers Jasmine "Bugg" Jones, Nicole Wells, and Brittany Taylor.
NOTES ON JODY ADAMS
- WSU is 44-17 (9-3 this yr.) at home under Adams
- Passed Karen Harden (1983-89) for 3rd on the WSU all-time wins list and needs 7 to pass Kathryn Bunnell (1978-83) for 2nd.
- 65-58 in 4 seasons at WSU and 89-66 overall (24-8 @ Murray St in 2007-08)
- WSU is 34-15 (8-5 this year) under Adams when out-rebounding opponent
- WSU is 41-3 (11-2 this year) under Adams when attempting more FTs that opponent
- Only WSU coach with a .500-or-better record in the MVC Tournament.
A GRAND CAREER
Senior Haleigh Lankster became the 17th Shocker in history to reach 1,000 career points on Nov. 20 at UC Davis. Lankster now has 1,309 career points to pass Ann Hollingsworth (1991-95) for 9th. Angela Buckner (2000-04) is 8th with 1,382 points.
(DON'T) STOP THIEF!
Lankster is also moving up the steals chart at WSU. The senior has two games this year with six steals and has collected 242 for her career to pass Karen Lewis (1992-95) for 3rd. Allison Daniel (1982-86) is 2nd with 246 and LaTeesha Hill (1996-00) holds the school record with 300 steals.
While Lankster has led the team in scoring the last two seasons, Jessica Diamond leads this year's group at 13.0 ppg. Lankster adds 12.6 points and the Shockers overall are scoring 64.1 ppg and shooting .442 from the floor, good for 15th in the NCAA. Chynna Turner leads the team in field goal percentage at .497 but does not have enough attempts to qualify for the national rankings.
Defensively, WSU has held 13 opponents below 60 points and for year are giving up just 58.6 points per game. Shocker opponents are shooting .391 from the field and .286 from three-point range.
--In 16 of WSU's 18 wins, the Shockers have posted a higher shooting percentage than the opponent.
WSU is 41-3 (11-2 this year) under Jody Adams when attempting more free throws than the opponent. In 2011-12, the Shockers have been out-shot at the line, 491-459, and own a team percentage of .725. WSU did not attempt more free throws than the opposition until the 8th game of the year, Dec. 7 at Kansas State, but have turned the tables and shot more freebies than the other team in 13 of the 20 games since. The Shockers have connected on 75.7% of their free throws in Valley competition (221-292), with Lankster knocking down 60 of her 68 attempts (.882) and Diamond hitting 27-of-31 (.871).
Through 27 games in 2011-12, WSU has a slight deficit on the glass, 940-955 overall, a margin of -0.6 rebounds per game. The Shocks have been out-rebounded in 9 of the last 12 games. The Shockers were out-rebounded overall last year, 38.8-36.3, and will be without last year's leading rebounder, Michelle Price (4.9 rpg), for the season due to injury.
TAKING CARE OF THE ROCK
In 27 games this year, the Shockers have forced 508 turnovers and committed 456 (18.8-16.9). WSU won its first 9 games this year when committing fewer turnovers than the opponent but have now dropped 3 of the last 7. In MVC play the margin is far greater as the Shocks are averaging just 14.6 to/game compared to 18.8 by the opponent.