Fri., Feb. 8, 2013
Wichita State (15-6, 9-0 MVC) vs. UNI (10-11, 5-4 MVC)7:05 p.m.
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Date: Feb. 8, 2013
Tipoff: 7:05 p.m. CST
Location: Wichita, Kan.
Arena: Koch Arena (10,506)
Radio: AM 1330 KNSS
Talent: Brian Petrotta
TV: FOX Sports/MVC-TV
Talent: Scott Warmann (play-by-play), Laura Leonard (color)
The Wichita State women's basketball team (15-6, 9-0 MVC) hosts UNI (10-11, 5-4 MVC) Friday at 7:05 p.m. inside Charles Koch Arena in a game televised on MVC-TV.
- It is the annual "Pink Game" during which the team will wear pink uniforms to be auctioned off. Proceeds will go to local charities and organizations to promote breast cancer research and to help those affected by the disease. Fans can purchase tickets at a 50% discount by wearing pink to the game. Additionally, WSU Panhellenic will have a booth for fans to decorate bras for a $5 donation to breast cancer research as part of the "Bras for a Cause" campaign.
- The Shockers defeated UNI, 60-57, on Jan. 12 in Cedar Falls, Iowa, despite a 22-point effort from the Panthers' Jacqui Kalin. Jazimen Gordon put in 12 points for the Shockers on 6-for-6 shooting. Alex Harden and Jasmine Jones - the two primary players who guarded Kalin - fouled out as Kalin hit 11-of-12 free throws, part of her .950 free throw % - tops in the NCAA.
- WSU is coming off a 53-46 win vs. Indiana State that gave WSU a sweep of the first half of conference play for the first time in school history. The Shockers held the Sycamores to 31.1% shooting and forced 19 turnovers. Freshman Michaela Dapprich recorded career-highs with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Jessica Diamond had her streak of 36-straight free throws snapped. It is the 8th-longest streak in MVC history. She is 16th in the NCAA in free throw % at .871.
- The Shockers have produced the best start to conference play in school history at 9-0. Wichita State's best MVC record was 14-4 (2nd place) in 1999-2000.
- Wichita State has matched the program's best record after 21 games at 15-6. That mark was also reached in 1999-2000 and 1993-94. The '99-'00 team is the only squad to go 16-6 after 22 games.
- The Shockers trailed a grand total of 13 minutes, 52 seconds in their first six MVC games (240 minutes) and have led from start-to-finish in four conference tilts. WSU hit its first eight shots at Bradley on Jan. 10, first six shots at UNI on Jan. 12, first five shots vs. Drake on Jan. 21, and led 12-0 at SIU on Jan. 25.
- Since Feb. 17, 2011, Wichita State has the best record in regular season MVC games at 26-6 (.813). The Shockers won the last five regular season games in 2010-11, went 12-6 last year, and are 9-0 this season.
- WSU has held 13 of 19 teams to 54 points or less and is 10-3 in those games. Entering this weekend's games, the Shockers rank 14th in the NCAA in scoring defense (52.0 ppg), 79th in field goal percentage defense (.367), and 40th in turnover margin (+4.24).
- 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, 466-282.
- Head Coach Jody Adams owns 83 victories at Wichita State to pass Kathryn Bunnell (1978-83) for second on WSU's career wins list. She notched her 100th overall win as a head coach Jan. 10 at Bradley. At home under Adams, Wichita State is 55-20 (.733) overall and 9-2 this year.
- 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. James Madison. Tonya Lane (1987-91), Kim Evans (1992-96), and Lateesha Hill (1996-00) are the others. Diamond is currently 10th on WSU's all-time scoring list with 1,336 points. She needs 30 more points to match former teammate Haleigh Lankster (2008-12) for ninth.
LAST TIME OUT
Wichita St. finished the first half of the MVC schedule unbeaten with a 53-46 victory over Indiana State. The Shockers held the Sycamores to 31% shooting and forced 19 turnovers. Freshman Michaela Dapprich recorded career-highs with 16 points and 8 rebounds while Alex Harden added 12 points, 5 assists, and 3 rebounds. Indiana State's top three scorers (Anna Munn, Taylor Whitley, and Rachael Mahan) combined to shoot 10-30 from the field. The Shockers trailed only once in the game and by only one point.
SCOUTING NORTHERN IOWA
The Panthers are 5-4 in the conference after a home series vs. SIU (76-59) and Evansville (75-64) last weekend. Wichita State escaped Cedar Falls with a 60-57 victory on Jan. 12 in the first meeting between the two teams. Jacqui Kalin paced the Panthers with 22 points, thanks in part to 11-of-12 free throw shooting. Kalin leads the country with .950 free throw percentage and ranks 31st in the NCAA with 18.7 ppg. She was named the MVC Player of the Week after back-to-back 20+ point efforts. Freshman Jen Keitel is the second-leading scorer on the team a 8.0 ppg. Brittni Donaldson (27) and Jess McDowell (29) have combined for 56 three-point baskets.
NOTES ON JODY ADAMS
- WSU is 55-20 (.733) overall and 9-2 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.
- 83-67 in 5+ seasons at WSU and 107-75 overall (24-8 @ Murray St in 2007-08)
- WSU is 45-16 (8-0 this year) under Adams when out-rebounding the opponent.
- WSU is 46-5 (4-2 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 1,336 career points to rank 10th at WSU. Haleigh Lankster (2008-2012) is 9th with 1,366.
Jessica Diamond is the Shockers' leading scorer at 13.1 ppg and is the only WSU player averaging double figures. As a team, the Shockers are scoring 59.2 ppg and shooting .426 from the field. The Shockers have scored 60 or more points 12 times.
Defensively, WSU has held 13 opponents to 54 points or less and is keeping the other to side .367 shooting from the floor and .292 from 3-point range.
--In 14 of WSU's 15wins, the Shockers posted a higher shooting percentage than the opponent.
This season the Shockers have held 13 opponents to 54 points or less and are 10-3 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 46-5 (4-2 this year) under Jody Adams when attempting more free throws than the opponent. The Shockers have been out-shot at the line in 13 of 21 games this year and 397-356 in overall attempts for the season. WSU is shooting .702 (250-356) from the line. Jessica Diamond leads the team at .871 (54-62) and ranks 16th in the nation in free throw percentage. She connected on 36 straight (8th longest streak in MVC history) before missing twice vs. Indiana State on Feb. 3.
KNOCKING 'EM DOWN
Last season, Wichita State led the Valley and ranked 13th in the nation in field goal percentage at .443. WSU is shooting .426 overall (2nd MVC, 46th in the NCAA) in 21 games this year and .465 (1st) in 9 MVC games.
TAKING CARE OF THE ROCK
In 20 games this year, the Shockers have forced 414 turnovers while committing just 325 (19.7-15.5). WSU is 13-3 when committing fewer turnovers and ranks 40th in the NCAA in turnover margin (+4.24). The margin jumps to +5.9 in MVC games (19.8-13.9).
Jessica Diamond returns as WSU's top assist-maker from a year ago. In 3+ seasons she has 346 dimes to rank 7th in Shocker history. Diamond has 60 assists this year though Alex Harden leads the team with 75. Harden has seven games this year with 5+ assists, including a career-high 8 vs. Drake on Jan. 21. Diamond has four games with 5+ assists this year and 22 for her career. She has twice handed out eight assists for her career-high, though her highest total this year is seven (Feb. 3 vs. Indiana St.)
Alex Harden and Chynna Turner were named the MVC Player of the Week for Jan. 22 and 28, respectively, giving WSU the honor in back-to-back weeks for only the second time since the inception of the award in 1992-93. The last time it happened was Jan. 13 and 20, 2003 (Angela Buckner & Tisharria Huggins).
WSU IN THE MVC
One more league wins gives WSU double digit win totals in the Valley in three-straight seasons for the first time in program history. 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).
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 9-0 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.