Fri., Dec. 7, 2012
Wichita State vs. Northern Colorado 12:05 p.m.
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Date: Dec. 7, 2012
Tipoff: 12:05 p.m. CST
Location: Wichita, Kan.
Arena: Charles Koch Arena
Talent: Brian Petrotta
TV: Cox Kansas 22
Talent: Mark Ewing (pxp), Bob Hull (color)
The Wichita State women's basketball team (3-5) hosts Northern Colorado (2-4) in the third game of a 4-game homestand.
- Friday is the semi-annual Schoolhouse Rocks With the Shocks game. Over 9,000 area children are expected at Koch Arena. Northern Colorado was the opponent in the inaugural game in 2006 when the teams plays in front of a crowd of 8,590.
- Wichita State looks to bounce back after a 48-43 defeat to Kansas State on Tuesday. Jessica Diamond led the Shockers in scoring for the fifth-straight game and Michelle Price pulled down 10 rebounds to become the first WSU player to reach a double figure rebounding total this year.
- WSU has held six of eight teams to 51 points or less and is 3-3 in those games.
- Wichita State has scored more points in the second half than the first half in three-straight games, averaging 10.3 more points after halftime. On the flip side, WSU has given up more points in the second half in all eight games this year.
- 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 is currently12th on WSU's all-time scoring list with 1,178 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 already has recorded the most career post-season victories. The Shockers are 48-19 (.716) at home under Adams.
LAST TIME OUT
Wichita State scored just 15 points in the first half and dropped a 48-43 decision to Kansas State. Playing in front of a season-high crowd of 2,586 fans, the Shockers struggled offensively in the first half, shooting 30% and connecting on just six field goals. A Jessica Diamond jumper brought WSU within 42-40 with 2:31 to play but the Wildcats held off the Shocker comeback behind 18 points from All-Big 12 performer Brittany Chambers.
SCOUTING NORTHERN COLORADO
The Bears are 2-4 and coming off their second win of the year, a 75-61 dismantling of North Dakota State. D'shara Strange, the CollegeSportsMadness. com Big Sky Preseason Player of the Year, averages 17.0 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game to pace the team in both categories. Both of UNC's wins have come at home and all four losses have been on the road. Jaime White is in her 7th season in Greeley and leads a Bears team that was picked second in the Big Sky Conference.
TOP 10 ATTENDANCE
Today's Schoolhouse Rocks With the Shocks game is expected to turn out a Top 10 attendance or better for WSU women's basketball. Here's the top attended games in Shocker history:
1. Feb. 25, 2001 Missouri St. 10,612
2. Mar. 4, 2000 Missouri St. 10,529
3. Dec. 18, 2007 Texas St. 10,103
4. Dec. 10, 2010 Savannah St. 9,831
5. Dec. 2, 2009 SIU-Edwardsville 9,196
6. Dec, 19, 2006 No. Colorado 8,590
7. Jan. 17, 1998 Missouri St. 6,882
8. Mar. 4, 2006 Missouri St. 5,262
9. Jan. 20, 1981 Kansas 4,354
10. Mar. 6, 2004 Missouri St. 4,116
NOTES ON JODY ADAMS
- WSU is 48-19 (.716) overall and 2-1 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.
- 71-66 in 5+ seasons at WSU and 95-74 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 1,178 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 14.3 ppg and is the only WSU player averaging double figures. As a team, the Shockers are scoring 54.1 ppg and shooting .393 from the field. The Shockers have scored 60 or more points three times.
Defensively, WSU has held six opponents to 51 points or less and is keeping the other to side .361 shooting from the floor and .262 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 seven of eight games this year and 173-146 in overall attempts for the season. WSU is shooting .671 (98-146) from the line. Jessica Diamond leads the team at .793 (23-29).
The Shockers held 19 opponents below 60 points last year and went 15-4 in those games. This season the Shockers have held six opponents to 51 points or less but are just 3-3 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 .262 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.
CHECKING THE CAREER LISTS
- Jessica Diamond has 304 career assists to rank 9th. Tonya Lane (1987-91) is 8th with 305 and Allison Daniel is 8th with 308.
- Diamond has 81 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 542 career rebounds to rank 20th. Marguerite Keeley (1975-77) is 19th with 549 and Terria Dawson is 18th with 556.