Sun., Feb. 10, 2013
Wichita State (16-6, 10-0 MVC) vs. Bradley (9-12, 3-7 MVC)2:05 p.m.
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Date: Feb. 10, 2013
Tipoff: 2:05 p.m. CST
Location: Wichita, Kan.
Arena: Koch Arena (10,506)
Radio: AM 1330 KNSS
Talent: Brian Petrotta
The Wichita State women’s basketball team (16-6, 10-0 MVC) hosts Bradley (9-12, 3-7 MVC) Sunday at 2:05 p.m. inside Charles Koch Arena. The Shockers have won 10 straight games to tie the program record (set in 1999-00 and matched last season).
- The Shockers defeated Bradley, 62-58 in Peoria, Ill. on Jan. 10 to begin conference play. WSU hit its first eight field goals and led by 16 in the second half before escaping Peoria with a win.
- WSU is coming off a 57-47 win over UNI on Friday night. The Shockers held the Panthers to 29.5% field goal shooting and out-rebounded UNI, 45-38. Jacqui Kalin scored 20 points but had just seven in the second half and attempted just three free throws. Alex Harden put in 16 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a blocked shot. Jessica Diamond added 11 points, nine board, and 6 assists with no turnovers.
- The Shockers have produced the best start to conference play in school history at 10-0. Wichita State’s best MVC record was 14-4 (2nd place) in 1999-2000.
- Wichita State has matched the program’s best record after 22 games at 16-6. That mark was also reached in 1999-2000. Today the Shockers are vying to become the first team in program history to go 17-6.
- Since Feb. 17, 2011, Wichita State has the best regular season MVC record at 27-6 (.818). Illinois State is next at 22-11 (.667) and Creighton is 21-12 (.636). Friday’s victory gave WSU a winning record in the Valley for three-straight seasons for the first time in school history.
- 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.
- WSU has held 14 of 22 teams to 54 points or less and is 11-3 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, 485-293.
- 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 1,347 points. She needs 19 more points to match former teammate Haleigh Lankster (2008-12) for ninth.
LAST TIME OUT
Wichita St. won for the 10th-straight time to tie the school record and improved to 15-6 with a 57-47 win over Northern Iowa. WSU scored the final five points of the first half and the first five points of the second half to turn a 6-point deficit into a 4-point lead that continued to grow down the stretch. The Shockers pulled in 45 rebounds and held UNI to 29.5% shooting to sweep the season series from the Panthers.
The Braves are 37 in the conference after a five-point loss at Missouri State on Friday night. Bradley shot 46% from the floor and nailed 11 three-pointers but fell to the Lady Bears, 91-86. Kelsey Budd connected on five treys and led five double-figure scorers with 19 points, while Katie Yohn just missed a triple-double with 15 pts, 10 reb, and 8 assists. WSU topped the Braves, 62-58, Jan. 10 in Peoria, Ill. Budd scored 18 against the Shockers but the Braves connected on just 4-of-18 three's. The Shockers didn't miss a shot until the ninth field goal attempt of the day and led by as many as 16 early in the second half but had to hold off a Bradley comeback. Kelsey Jacobs and Jessica Diamond each tallied 14 points to lead WSU.
NOTES ON JODY ADAMS
- WSU is 56-20 (.737) overall and 10-2 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.
- 84-67 in 5+ seasons at WSU and 108-75 overall (24-8 @ Murray St in 2007-08)
- WSU is 46-16 (9-0 this year) under Adams when out-rebounding the opponent.
- WSU is 47-5 (5-2 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 1,347 career points to rank 10th at WSU. Haleigh Lankster (2008-2012) is 9th with 1,366.
Jessica Diamond is the Shockers' leading scorer at 13.0 ppg and is the only WSU player averaging double figures. As a team, the Shockers are scoring 59.1 ppg and shooting .425 from the field. The Shockers have scored 60 or more points 12 times.
Defensively, WSU has held 14 opponents to 54 points or less and is keeping the other to side .363 shooting from the floor and .288 from 3-point range.
--In 15 of WSU's 16 wins, the Shockers posted a higher shooting percentage than the opponent.
This season the Shockers have held 14 opponents to 54 points or less and are 11-3 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 47-5 (5-2 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 22 games this year and 406-372 in overall attempts for the season. WSU is shooting .699 (260-372) from the line. Jessica Diamond leads the team at .881 (59-67) and ranks 17th in the nation in free throw percentage. She connected on a WSU-record 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 .425 overall (2nd MVC, 46th in the NCAA) in 22 games this year and .457 (1st) in 10 MVC games.
TAKING CARE OF THE ROCK
In 22 games this year, the Shockers have forced 425 turnovers while committing just 338 (19.3-15.4). WSU is 13-3 when committing fewer turnovers and ranks 40th in the NCAA in turnover margin (+4.24). The margin jumps to +5.1 in MVC games (18.9-13.8).
Jessica Diamond returns as WSU's top assist-maker from a year ago. In 3+ seasons she has 352 dimes to rank 6th in Shocker history. Diamond has 66 assists this year though Alex Harden leads the team with 78. Harden has seven games this year with 5+ assists, including a career-high 8 vs. Drake on Jan. 21. Diamond has five games with 5+ assists this year and 23 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
Friday's win over UNI gave 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 10-0 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.