Thurs., Feb. 14, 2013
Wichita State (16-7, 10-1 MVC) at Drake (7-15, 2-9 MVC)7:05 p.m.
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Date: Feb. 14, 2013
Tipoff: 7:05 p.m. CST
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Arena: Knapp Center (7,152)
Radio: AM 1330 KNSS
Talent: Brian Petrotta
The Wichita State women's basketball team (16-7, 10-1 MVC) hits the road for the first time in February to face Drake (7-15, 2-9 MVC) Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. inside the Knapp Center.
- The Shockers defeated Drake 70-51 on Jan. 21 at Koch Arena, outshooting the Bulldogs, 58%-33% from the field. Wichita State forced 23 turnovers and allowed just 18 field goals.
- WSU has won in Des Moines in back-to-back seasons, after never having done so before. In fact prior to a victory at the Knapp Center in 2011, WSU had not won in Des Moines since Jan. 6, 2002 (9 straight). The Shockers' only loss to Drake in the last five games came last year in the MVC Tournament semi-finals. Jessica Diamond is averaging 21.5 ppg the last two games at Drake.
- WSU is coming off a 75-55 defeat to Bradley on Sunday, snapping a 10-game winning streak that matched a school record. The Braves shot 48.4% and scored 75 points - both season-highs by a WSU opponent. Alex Harden led the Shocks with 11 points and 12 rebound for her first career double-double and the first double-double by a WSU player this season.
- Wichita State has matched the program's best record after 23 games at 16-7. That mark was also reached in 1999-2000 and 1993-94. Only the 99-00 team made it to 17-7.
- Since Feb. 17, 2011, Wichita State has the best regular season MVC record at 27-7 (.794). Illinois State is next at 23-11 (.676) and Creighton is 21-13 (.618). Friday's victory gave WSU a winning record in the Valley for three-straight seasons for the first time in school history.
- WSU has held 14 of 23 teams to 54 points or less and is 11-3 in those games. Entering this weekend's games, the Shockers rank 19th in the NCAA in scoring defense (52.7 ppg), 97th in field goal percentage defense (.370), and 46th in turnover margin (+3.52). The school record for scoring defense is 58.1 ppg, set last season and the record for field goal percentage defense is .388, set in 2010-11. This year's team already has the 9th-best single season shot-blocking total (102), with a minimun of eight games remaining in the season.
- 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, 505-312.
- 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 1,357 points. She needs 10 more points to pass former teammate Haleigh Lankster (2008-12) for ninth.
- Chynna Turner scored three points on Sunday to become the 11th Shocker in history to reach 900 points, 500 rebounds, and 100 assists in her career. She has 900 career points, 507 boards, and 121 assists entering this weekend.
LAST TIME OUT
Wichita St.'s 10-0 start to conference play came to an abrupt halt in a 75-55 loss to Bradley Sunday in Wichita. The Braves out-shot the Shockers, 48%-37%, and committed just 11 turnovers (matching the fewest by any Shocker opponent this year). Katie Yohn scored 21 with 10 rebounds and 5 assists to lead Bradley. Alex Harden topped WSU with 11 points and 12 rebounds for her first career double-double and the first double-double by a Shocker this year. Darice Fountaine added 10 with the help of two three-point field goals.
The Bulldogs are 2-9 in the conference following a 59-48 loss at Indiana State on Sunday. Drake's two wins came in back-to-back home games against Bradley (66-62 on Jan. 25) and UNI (63-55 on Jan. 27). Sophomore Kyndal Clark leads the team in scoring (14.1) and steals (59) while junior Morgan Reid puts in 11.1 points and leads the team in rebounding (7.9). Carly Grenfell (.366) and Mary Pat Specht (.351) are three-point threats. The Shockers defeated Drake 70-51 in Wichita on Jan. 21 behind a 58% shooting effort. WSU shot 64% in the first half then held Drake to 23% shooting in the second half.
NOTES ON JODY ADAMS
- WSU is 56-21 (.727) overall and 10-3 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.
- 84-68 in 5+ seasons at WSU and 108-76 overall (24-8 @ Murray St in 2007-08)
- WSU is 46-17 (9-1 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.
WSU has blocked more than three times (60-19) as many shots as the opponent in MVC games. Four players have registered between nine and 11 blocked shots in league games.
Jessica Diamond is the Shockers' leading scorer at 12.9 ppg and is the only WSU player averaging double figures. As a team, the Shockers are scoring 58.9 ppg and shooting .422 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 .370 shooting from the floor and .293 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 1-4 when the opponent scores 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 14 of 23 games this year and 420-385 in overall attempts for the season. WSU is shooting .696 (268-385) from the line. Jessica Diamond leads the team at .884 (61-69) and ranks 15th 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.
TAKING CARE OF THE ROCK
In 23 games this year, the Shockers have forced 436 turnovers while committing just 355 (19.0-15.4). WSU is 13-3 when committing fewer turnovers and ranks 46th in the NCAA in turnover margin (+3.52). The margin jumps to +4.1 in MVC games (18.2-14.1).
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 .422 overall (1st MVC, 55th in the NCAA) in 23 games this year and .448 (1st) in 11 MVC games.
Jessica Diamond returns as WSU's top assist-maker from a year ago. In 3+ seasons she has 355 dimes to rank 6th in Shocker history. Diamond has 69 assists this year though Alex Harden leads the team with 84. Harden has eight 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. Harden (4.5) and Diamond (4.0) are ranked 1st and 3rd, respectively, in MVC games in assists. Diamond is first in the Valley in league games in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1).
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 10-1 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.