JONESBORO, Ark. - The Wichita State women's basketball team picked up their first victory of the season defeating Arkansas State, 60-51, Thursday evening at the Convocation Center.
Jessica Diamond scored 20 and Jazimen Gordon added 13 points, seven rebounds and five steals to pace Wichita State (1-1, 0-0).
Jane Morrill led Arkansas State (0-3, 0-0) with 12 points and six rebounds.
Following a narrow defeat to SEC power LSU on Sunday afternoon in Baton Rouge, La., the Shockers used smothering defense and Diamond's 10 first-half points to take control of the game. Wichita State forced 13 turnovers in the half.
Diamond's layup at the 16:49 mark completed an 8-0 run for WSU giving them a 15-5 lead.
The Shockers extended their lead to twelve coming out of the halftime break, 35-23, on Jazimen Gordon's layup, but Arkansas State answered back with an 11-2 run punctuated by Hanna Qedan's 3-pointer drawing the home team to within three points, 37-34.
A Gordon two-point jumper with 3:21 left in the game would stretch the lead to nine, and the Shockers would never be threatened the rest of the game.
Wichita State will host UTSA on Sunday, Nov. 18 at Charles Koch Arena. Tip off is set for 1:05 p.m.