Tues., Dec. 4, 2012
Wichita State vs. Kansas State 7:05 p.m.
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Date: Nov. 18, 2012
Tipoff: 1:05 p.m. CST
Location: Wichita, Kan.
Arena: Charles Koch Arena
Radio: 1330 KNSS
Talent: Brian Petrotta
The Wichita State women's basketball team (3-4) hosts undefeated Kansas State (5-0). It is the first time the Wildcats have visited the Shockers in Wichita since edging WSU 65-64 on Dec, 15, 2000. The Shockers lost in Manhattan, 60-34, last year before reeling off a program record-tying 10-game winning streak.
- Wichita State 31-112 (.214) against teams currently in the Big XII. WSU's last win over a Big XII opponent came Dec. 22, 2005 vs. Oklahoma State (63-57 in Wichita).
- Wichita State is 33rd in the NCAA in scoring defense (52.0 ppg) and 86th in three-point field goal percentage defense (.264). WSU is 332nd out of 343 Division I schools in three-point field goals per game (2.1).
- 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.
- Wichita State was picked second in the MVC preseason poll. That ties 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. Additionally, Jessica Diamond was named to the preseason All-MVC team, giving the Shockers a representative for the second-straight 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. JMU. Tonya Lane (1987-91), Kim Evans (1992-96), and Lateesha Hill (1996-00) are the others.
- Diamond became the 18th Shocker (and 2nd last season with Haleigh Lankster) to reach 1,000 points for her career when she scored 12 vs. UNI in the regular season finale. The last WSU teammates to reach 1,000 points were Angela Buckner (1,382) and Carlesa Dennis (1,121) in 2003-04. Diamond is currently12th on WSU's all-time scoring list with 1,165 points.
- Head Coach Jody Adams owns 71 victories at Wichita State tying her with Kathryn Bunnell (1978-83) for second on WSU's career wins list. She currently owns the highest winning percentage of any Shocker WBB coach and already has recorded the most career post-season victories. The Shockers are 48-18 (.727) at home under Adams.
LAST TIME OUT
Wichita State shot 53.8% from the field in the second half and blew by Grambling, 62-44. Jessica Diamond scored 19 to lead the team in scoring for the sixth time in seven games. Kelsey Jacobs registered career-bests in points (10) and blocked shots (3) while knocking down her first career three-point field goal. Chynna Turner and Jazimen Gordon each scored their 800th career point in the contest. The Shocker defense held the Tigers to 27.7% shooting and out-rebounded Grambling 38-29.
SCOUTING KANSAS STATE
Kansas State is off to a 5-0 start and posted a 64-57 win vs. Mississippi Valley State Friday night in Manhattan. 2012 All-Big 12 First Team selection Brittany Chambers paces the Wildcats with 19.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Chambers connected on seven three-point baskets en route to a 25-point night vs. MVSU. She ranks fourth in K-State history with 251 career three-point baskets and 10th all-time in scoring (1,476 points).
NOTES ON JODY ADAMS
- WSU is 48-18 (.727) overall and 2-0 this year at home under Adams
- Passed Karen Harden (1983-89) for 3rd on the WSU all-time wins list last year and needs 1 to pass Kathryn Bunnell (1978-83) for 2nd.
- 71-65 in 5+ seasons at WSU and 95-73 overall (24-8 @ Murray St in 2007-08)
- WSU is 40-16 (3-0 this year) under Adams when out-rebounding the opponent.
- WSU is 42-4 (0-1 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 1,165 career points to rank 12th at WSU. Crystal Westfield (1984-88) is 11th with 1,203 and Ann Hollingsworth is 10th with 1,272.
Jessica Diamond is the Shockers' leading scorer at 15.0 ppg and is the only WSU player averaging double figures. As a team, the Shockers are scoring 55.7 ppg and shooting .392 from the field. The Shockers have scored 60 or more points three times.
Defensively, WSU has held five opponents to 51 points or less and is keeping the other to side .363 shooting from the floor and .238 from three-point range.
--In all three of WSU's wins, the Shockers posted a higher shooting percentage than the opponent.
WSU is 42-4 (0-1 this year) under Jody Adams when attempting more free throws than the opponent. The Shockers have been out-shot at the line in six of seven games this year and 163-138 in overall attempts for the season. WSU is shooting .674 (93-138) from the line. Jessica Diamond leads the team at .778 (21-27).
TAKING CARE OF THE ROCK
In 33 games last year, the Shockers forced 605 turnovers and committed 550 (18.3-16.7). In 6 games this year, the Shockers have forced 138 while committing just 122 (19.7-17.4).
SHARING THE WEALTH
Jessica Diamond returns as WSU's top assist-maker from a year ago. In 3+ seasons she has 300 dimes against 260 turnovers. Diamond has 16 assists this year though Alex Harden leads the team with 22.
KNOCKING 'EM DOWN
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 .392 in seven games this year.
The Shockers held 19 opponents below 60 points last year and went 15-4 in those games. This season the Shockers have held five opponents to 51 points or less but are just 3-2 in those contests. The Shockers are 0-2 when the opponent score 63 or more.
D'ING UP AGAINST THE "3"
Last year, the Shockers boasted the top three-point defense in the MVC, and are headed that way in 2012-13, keeping opponents to .238 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.
The Shockers placed two members on the MVC all-conference teams for the first time since 2005-06, with Jessica Diamond earning 1st Team and Haleigh Lankster 2nd Team. Lankster was also named to the all-defensive team, her second-consecutive season on both the 2nd team and all-defensive teams. Additionally, Alex Harden gave WSU a member of the all-freshman team for a third consecutive season.
WSU IN THE RPI TOP 100
The Shockers ended 2011-12 ranked No. 111 in the final NCAA RPI. The Shockers spent seven-straight weeks in the Top 100 and reached as high as No. 65 on Feb. 6. The Shockers were ranked in the Top 100 for eight weeks during the 1999-00 season, peaking at No. 65.
CHECKING THE CAREER LISTS
- Jessica Diamond has 302 career assists to rank 9th. Tonya Lane (1987-91) is 8th with 305 and Allison Daniel is 8th with 308.
- Diamond has 80 career 3-pt field goals to pass Kyrie Kinder (2004-08) for 8th. Deana Alexander (1992-96) is 7th with 85.
- Jazimen Gordon has 106 career blocked shots to rank 3rd on WSU's career list. Mary Kennedy (1980-83) is 2nd with 169.
- Gordon has 539 career rebounds to rank 20th. Marguerite Keeley (1975-77) is 19th with 549 and Terria Dawson is 18th with 556.
The Shockers had almost unprecedented success on the road last season and won nearly has many MVC road games last year (5) as in the previous eight years combined (6). WSU's best road record was a 9-7 mark that included a school-record 6 MVC road wins in 1999-2000.
Season Road Record MVC Wins
2003-04 1-10 0
2004-05 0-12 0
2005-06 2-9 1
2006-07 0-11 0
2007-08 0-12 0
2008-09 1-10 1
2009-10 2-10 1
2010-11 5-9 3
2011-12 7-7 5
2012-13 1-1 --
The Shockers have put together the program's highest win total over a three year period (55). Wichita State won 17+ games in three-straight seasons for the first time in school history and tied the program single season record of 20 victories, set in 1980-81 and matched in 1999-2000. The previous three-year high was 51 victories from 1980-81 to 1982-83.
3-Yr Win Total Seasons
PRIOR TO THE SEASON
- WSU was picked 2nd in MVC Pre-Season Poll - matching its highest-ever ranking (2006-07).
- WSU returns three starters and eight letter winners, including 69% of its scoring and 85% of its rebounding from 2011-12.
The Shockers have played in the post-season each of the last three years (WBI in 2010, WNIT in 2011). It is the first time Wichita State has ever played in the post-season in three-consecutive years.
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 second 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. Here's a look:
Year Record Place
2008-09 4-14 t-9th
2009-10 8-10 6th
2010-11 10-8 5th
2011-12 12-6 3rd
THE 3-YEAR SENIORS
WSU's first-ever nationally-ranked recruiting class came into its own in 2011-12. The three active members of that class (Michelle Price missed last season) are already making their marks in the WSU record book, having secured the top 3-year win total in school history. Here is a brief look at a few of their individual numbers.
3-PT FG: 80
FIELD GOAL%: .476
IN THE WNIT
- WSU participated in the WNIT for the second-straight year, marking the first time since 1999 & 2000 the Shockers reached the WNIT in back-to-back seasons.
- The Shockers hosted for the first time since 1999 and defeated Oral Roberts, 79-57, for the program's first WNIT victory.
- Three other Valley schools joined WSU in the WNIT field (Illinois State, Missouri St., and Drake).
WSU PROGRAM NOTES
- The Shockers WBB program has played 1,063 all-time games and 891 D-I games. The Shocks have 400 all-time D-I wins and 221 all-time victories in the MVC.
- Wichita State tied the program record for single-season victories (20) last year.
- WSU won 37 games over the last two seasons to set the program record for highest two-year win total.
- WSU won 55 games over the last three seasons to set the program high-water mark over that length of time, as well.
- The Shockers made the post-season for the third consecutive year, which is the first time in program history WSU has played post-season basketball in three straight seasons. (2010 - WBI, 2011 - WNIT, 2012 - WNIT).
MAKING THE GRADE
- Turner was named the Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization's (S.A.S.O.) Scholar-Athlete of the Month for January 2012.
- Diamond was named the S.A.S.O. Scholar-Athlete of the Month for February 2012.
- Diamond was named to the 2012 MVC Scholar-Athlete Second Team. She owns a 3.31 GPA in Psychology.