Thurs., Jan. 10, 2013
Wichita State at Bradley, 6 p.m.
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Date: Jan. 10, 2013
Tipoff: 6 p.m. CST
Location: Peoria, Ill.
Arena: Renaissance Coliseum
Radio: AM 1330 KNSS
Talent: Brian Petrotta
The Wichita State women's basketball team (7-6, 1-0 MVC) goes on the road in conference play for the first time with games Thursday at Bradley (6-7, 0-2 MVC) and Saturday at UNI (6-8, 1-1 MVC). Head coach Jody Adams is one win shy of 100 for her career.
- WSU is coming off a 76-64 win over Missouri State on Jan. 3 to mark the MVC opener for both teams. Jessica Diamond scored 22 points to match her career high and the Shocks never trailed.
- WSU has held eight of 12 teams to 51 points or less and is 5-3 in those games. Entering this weekend's games, the Shockers rank 24th in the NCAA in scoring defense (52.0 ppg) and 59th in turnover margin (+3.5).
- 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, 309-176.
- 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 1,248 points. She needs 25 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. She enters the week with 99 wins overall as a head coach.
LAST TIME OUT
Jessica Diamond scored 22 points to lead the Shockers to a 76-64 win over Missouri St. last Thursday in WSU's Valley opener. The Shocks never trailed nor let the Lady Bears get closer than 6 in the second half. With the win, WSU's seniors finished their careers 4-0 at home vs. their rival.
The Braves are 6-7 overall and opened MVC play with a pair of road losses at Indiana St (55-54) and Illinois St (81-65). Shronda Butts leads four players in double figures with 13.3 points per game. The Braves enter the week 4th in the NCAA in free throw % (.796) with Catie O'Leary sinking 73-of-83 (.880) to rank 24th individually.
The Panthers enter the weekend 6-8. The lost at Illinois St, 72-41, but bounced back to defeat Indiana St, 54-52. 2011 MVC Player of the Year Jacqui Kalin has returned from an ACL injury to score 17.4 ppg and ranks 4th in the NCAA in free throw % (.940). UNI has nine players averaging at least 13.1 minutes per game
NOTES ON JODY ADAMS
- WSU is 51-20 (.718) overall and 5-2 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.
- 75-67 in 5+ seasons at WSU and 99-74 overall (24-8 @ Murray St in 2007-08)
- WSU is 42-16 (5-0 this year) under Adams when out-rebounding the opponent.
- WSU is 44-5 (2-2 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 1,248 career points to rank 11th at WSU. Ann Hollingsworth is 10th with 1,272.
Jessica Diamond is the Shockers' leading scorer at 14.5 ppg and is the only WSU player averaging double figures. As a team, the Shockers are scoring 57.2 ppg and shooting .399 from the field. The Shockers have scored 60 or more points six times.
Defensively, WSU has held eight opponents to 51 points or less and is keeping the other to side .376 shooting from the floor and .283 from three-point range.
--In six of WSU's seven wins, the Shockers posted a higher shooting percentage than the opponent.
This season the Shockers have held eight opponents to 51 points or less and are 5-3 in those contests. The Shockers are 1-3 when the opponent score 63 or more. The Shockers held 19 opponents below 60 points last year and went 15-4 in those games.
WSU is 44-5 (2-2 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 13 games this year and 268-246 in overall attempts for the season. WSU is shooting .679 (167-246) from the line. Jessica Diamond leads the team at .857 (36-42).
D'ING UP AGAINST THE "3"
Last year, the Shockers boasted the top three-point defense in the MVC, and may be headed that way in 2012-13, keeping opponents to .283 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 314 dimes against 278 turnovers. Diamond has 28 assists this year though Alex Harden leads the team with 38.
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 .399 in 13 games this year.
TAKING CARE OF THE ROCK
In 13 games this year, the Shockers have forced 258 turnovers while committing just 213 (19.8-16.4). WSU is 6-3 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 86 career 3-pt field goals to pass Deana Alexander (1992-96) for 8th. Lexee McDonald (2005-07) is 7th with 90.
- Jazimen Gordon has 107 career blocked shots to rank 3rd on WSU's career list. Mary Kennedy (1980-83) is 2nd with 169.
- Gordon has 553 career rebounds to rank 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 2nd 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.
Year Record Place
2008-09 4-14 t-9th
2009-10 8-10 6th
2010-11 10-8 5th
2011-12 12-6 3rd
2012-13 1-0 1st
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.