Thurs., Jan. 3, 2013
Wichita State vs. Missouri State 7:05 p.m.
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Date: Jan. 3, 2013
Tipoff: 7:05 p.m. CST
Location: Wichita, Kan.
Arena: Koch Arena (10,506)
Radio: AM 1330 KNSS
Talent: Brian Petrotta
TV: Cox Kansas 22/ESPN3
Talent: Mark Ewing (play-by-play), Bob Hull (color)
The Wichita State women’s basketball team (6-6) begins Missouri Valley Conference play against Missouri State (8-4), Thursday at 7:05 p.m. inside Charles Koch Arena.
- WSU is coming off a 63-42 defeat to Wisconsin-Green Bay on Sunday. The Shockers shot 29.7% from the field and the Phoenix shot 77.8% in the second half to pull away.
- WSU has held eight of 11 teams to 51 points or less and is 5-3 in those games. Entering tonight’s game, the Shockers rank 22nd in the NCAA in scoring defense (51.0 ppg) and 67th in turnover margin (+3.0).
- Wichita State’s bench poured in 58 points in Dec. 15’s win vs. UAPB. For the year, WSU’s bench is out-scoring the opponent, 276-158.
- Wichita State was picked second in the MVC preseason poll. That ties WSU’s highest-ever selection with the 2006-07 team. The Shockers have met or exceeded its preseason prognostication in each of Jody Adams’ four seasons.
- The Shockers Fall 2012 recruiting class was recently ranked No. 47 in the country by Blue Star Basketball. This is the second Top 50 class for Jody Adams. The first included current seniors Jessica Diamond, Chynna Turner, and Jazimen Gordon plus junior Michelle Price.
- Jessica Diamond became the fourth Shocker in history to reach 1,000 career points with 300 rebounds and 300 assists after dishing out three dimes on Nov. 24 vs. JMU. Tonya Lane (1987-91), Kim Evans (1992-96), and Lateesha Hill (1996-00) are the others. Diamond is currently 11th on WSU’s all-time scoring list with 1,226 points. She needs 47 more points to crack the top 10.
- Head Coach Jody Adams owns 74 victories at Wichita State to pass Kathryn Bunnell (1978-83) for second on WSU’s career wins list. The Shockers are 50-20 (.714) at home under Adams.
- Adams is 7-3 lifetime against Missouri State, including 4-0 at Koch Arena. The Shockers have won seven-straight at home against the Lady Bears, though the last loss was a 96-55 defeat on Jan. 30, 2005. Wichita State won last year’s battle, 53-51, behind 14 points from Chynna Turner.
- Adams is 2-2 in Valley openers, including last year’s 67-40 romp at UNI.
LAST TIME OUT
Wichita State shot just 29.7% from the field and fell to mid-major power Wisc.-Green Bay, 63-42, Sunday afternoon. The Phoenix led by 7 at the half then made 14-of-18 field goals (77.8%) in the second half to close out the victory. Jessica Diamond led the Shocks with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting.
SCOUTING MISSOURI ST.
The Lady Bears are 8-4 after an 88-75 win over Coppin State on Sunday. Senior Whitney Edie leads four player in double figures with 14.9 ppg and also tops the team in rebounding (9.0 rpg). Preseason all-MVC selection Christiana Shorter adds 13.5 points and 7.6 rebounds for a Missouri State team that ranks 35th in the country in scoring offense (72.4 ppg). Shorter is 26th in the nation in FG% (.545). The Lady Bears share two non-conf. opponents with the Shockers and, like WSU, lost to Missouri (77-91) and beat Arkansas State (83-60). Nylla Milleson is in her 6th season as head coach and needs one victory to reach No. 100 at Missouri State.
NOTES ON JODY ADAMS
- WSU is 50-20 (.714) overall and 4-2 this year at home under Adams
- On Dec. 7, passed Kathryn Bunnell (1978-83) for 2nd on the WSU all-time wins list. Linda Hargrove (1989-98) is 1st with 133 wins over 9 seasons.
- 74-67 in 5+ seasons at WSU and 98-74 overall (24-8 @ Murray St in 2007-08)
- WSU is 41-16 (4-0 this year) under Adams when out-rebounding the opponent.
- WSU is 43-5 (1-2 this year) under Adams when attempting more FTs than the opponent.
- Only WSU coach with a .500-or-better record in the MVC Tournament.
A GRAND CAREER
Senior Jessica Diamond joined the 1,000-point club in the regular season finale last year and now owns 1,226 career points to rank 11th at WSU. Ann Hollingsworth is 10th with 1,272.
Jessica Diamond is the Shockers' leading scorer at 13.8 ppg and is the only WSU player averaging double figures. As a team, the Shockers are scoring 55.7 ppg and shooting .397 from the field. The Shockers have scored 60 or more points five times.
Defensively, WSU has held eight opponents to 51 points or less and is keeping the other to side .368 shooting from the floor and .277 from three-point range.
--In all six of WSU's wins, the Shockers posted a higher shooting percentage than the opponent.
WSU is 43-5 (1-2 this year) under Jody Adams when attempting more free throws than the opponent. The Shockers have been out-shot at the line in nine of 12 games this year and 245-220 in overall attempts for the season. WSU is shooting .659 (145-220) from the line. Jessica Diamond leads the team at .842 (32-38).
This season the Shockers have held eight opponents to 51 points or less and are 5-3 in those contests. The Shockers are 0-3 when the opponent score 63 or more. The Shockers held 19 opponents below 60 points last year and went 15-4 in those games.
D'ING UP AGAINST THE "3"
Last year, the Shockers boasted the top three-point defense in the MVC, and are headed that way in 2012-13, keeping opponents to .277 shooting from downtown. The Shockers were 15-6 when holding the opponent below 30% shooting from beyond the arc and 11-0 when keeping the other team below 20% last year.
Jessica Diamond returns as WSU's top assist-maker from a year ago. In 3+ seasons she has 311 dimes against 274 turnovers. Diamond has 25 assists this year though Alex Harden leads the team with 34.
KNOCKING 'EM DOWN
Last season, Wichita State led the Valley and ranked 13th in the nation in field goal percentage at .443. The school record is .458, accomplished by the 1991-92 team. WSU is shooting just .397 in 12 games this year.
TAKING CARE OF THE ROCK
In 12 games this year, the Shockers have forced 236 turnovers while committing just 200 (19.7-16.7). WSU is 5-3 when committing fewer turnovers.
CHECKING THE CAREER LISTS
- Jessica Diamond has 311 career assists to rank 8th at WSU. Kim Evans is 7th with 346.
- Diamond has 84 career 3-pt field goals to pass Kyrie Kinder (2004-08) for 8th. Deana Alexander (1992-96) is 7th with 85 and Lexee McDonald (2005-07) is 7th with 90.
- Jazimen Gordon has 106 career blocked shots to rank 3rd on WSU's career list. Mary Kennedy (1980-83) is 2nd with 169.
- Gordon has 551 career rebounds to pass Marguerite Keeley (1975-77) for 19th. Terria Dawson (1982-85) is 18th with 556 and Beth Epp (1976-79) is 17th with 572.
WSU IN THE MVC
Last season the Shockers reached 12 conference wins for the third time in school history, giving WSU back-to-back double-digit win totals in conference play for the second time (10 wins in 1998-99 & 14 wins in '99-'00). The Shockers have steadily improved in each of Jody Adams' seasons as head coach. Here's a look:
Year Record Place
2008-09 4-14 t-9th
2009-10 8-10 6th
2010-11 10-8 5th
2011-12 12-6 3rd
Wichita State was picked second in the MVC preseason poll, tying WSU's highest-ever selection with the 2006-07 team. The Shockers have met or exceeded its preseason prognostication in each of Jody Adams' four seasons.