WICHITA, Kan. - Wichita State scored early and often on the way to their fifth straight conference victory defeating Drake, 70-51, Monday evening in Charles Koch Arena.
Kelsey Jacobs hit 7-of-9 field goal attempts to lead a trio of Shockers in double figures, tying a career high with 14 points. Jessica Diamond also pitched in 14 and Alex Harden scored 11 points to go along with a career-high eight assists.
Ashley Bartow collected 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting to pace Drake (5-12, 0-6). Kyndal Clark added 12 but shot a mere 4-for-20 from the field.
Wichita State (11-6, 5-0) opened the game on a 13-2 run on their way to shooting 64 percent from the field in the first half. The Shockers led by as many as 22 points following Michaela Dapprich's jumper from the free throw line with 5:17 remaining in the half.
Wichita State scored 15 points off of 13 Drake turnovers and held the edge in the paint outscoring the Bulldogs 24-18 to take a 44-29 lead into halftime.
Diamond and Jacobs each scored eight points while Harden, Jasmine Jones, and Dapprich tallied 6 points each, respectively.
The Shockers maintained their double digit lead throughout the second half outscoring Drake, 26-22, and never letting the Bulldogs closer than 15. Drake shot 22 percent in the second half.
Wichita State finished the game shooting 58 percent from the field and had a 40-26 advantage on points in the paint.
The Shockers are next in action Fri., Jan. 25 when they travel to Carbondale, Ill. to take on Southern Illinois at 7:05 p.m.