WICHITA - The Wichita State University men's and women's basketball teams gave the approximately 3,100 fans in attendance their first look at the teams at Thursday night's Shocker Madness.
The women's team scrimmaged against its practice players, and posted a 41-23 victory in the 20-minute, running clock scrimmage.
What has become Wichita State's trademark, a smothering defense, forced 11 turnovers, leading to 16 points. That advantage also helped the Shockers score 32 points in the paint and shoot 64.5% (20-for-31) from the floor.
Redshirt junior Michelle Price paced the team with eight points on 4-for-4 shooting from the floor. Nine of the 11 Shockers who played entered the scoring column. Sophomore Alex Harden led the team with three rebounds and four assists while Kelsey Jacobs recorded four steals.
WSU forced seven steals and out-rebounded the practice squad, 15-9.
WSU returning 2012 team members each recieved their MVC Championship/NCAA rings during a ceremony, while special guest and all-time career assists leader Toure Murry was presented his ring.
The between scrimmage entertainment included a dunk contest that newcomer Cleanthony Early won with a between the legs dunk that got all 10s from guest judges Chelsey Feekin, Emily Adney and Jackie Church from the volleyball team.
Wichita State's men's team used a split-squad as the Black Team out-distanced the Yellow Team, 46-36, in the running clock scrimmage.
Carl Hall had 18 points in a 7of-9 effort to pace the Black Team, while Jake White and Malcolm Armstead had 12 and 11 points, respectively, to lead the Yellow Team. Both teams shot better than 50 percent as the Yellow Team was 15-30 (50 percent) and the Black Team was 18-for-33 (54.5 percent).
Evan Wessel scored five points and Nick Wiggins and Ehimen Orukpe had four each to round out the Yellow scoring, while Cleanthony Early had eight, Ron Baker and Kadeem Coleby had four, and Tekele Cotton had three points to round out Black scoring.
Wichita State's women kick off the season with its first exhibition game this Sunday, Oct. 28, at 2:05 p.m. at Koch Arena against Harding University.
WSU's men open with an exhibition game against Pitt State on Nov. 5.
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