Sun., Dec. 30, 2012
Wichita State vs. Wisconsin-Green Bay 1:05 p.m.
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Date: Dec. 30, 2012
Tipoff: 1:05 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 (6-5) returns home to face mid-major powerhouse Wisconsin-Green Bay (8-2) at 1:05 p.m. on Sun., Dec. 30. The Shockers are on a 3-game winning streak for the first time this year.
- WSU is coming off a 61-59 road win at SMU on Dec. 22. The Shockers trailed by 16 early in the second half before coming back to win. It was WSU's biggest comeback since rallying from 20 points down at home against Indiana State on Jan. 14, 2010.
- WSU has held eight of 11 teams to 51 points or less and is 5-3 in those games. Entering the break, the Shockers ranked 12th in the NCAA in scoring defense (49.0 ppg), 50th in 3-pt percentage defense (.252), and 77th in field goal percentage defense (.355). WSU leads the MVC in all three defensive categories.
- 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, 258-141.
- 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.
- 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 currently 11th on WSU's all-time scoring list with 1,211 points. She needs 62 more points to crack the top 10.
- Head Coach Jody Adams owns 74 victories at Wichita State to pass Kathryn Bunnell (1978-83) for second on WSU's career wins list. The Shockers are 50-19 (.725) at home under Adams.
- The Shockers will finish with a .500-or-better non-conference record, something Adams has accomplished in all five years at WSU. Wichita State was 6-5 the last two years and 8-3 the previous two seasons.
LAST TIME OUT
Wichita State posted its largest comeback in nearly three years, erasing a 16-point second half deficit in a 61-59 win at SMU on Dec. 22. Jessica Diamond led all scorers with 16 points, including a 3-ball with 40 seconds left to put WSU up by two. Kelsey Jacobs set career highs in points (12), blocked shots (4), and assists (3). The Shockers trailed by 13 at halftime but put up 43 points in the second half to rally past the Mustangs, who fell to 8-3.
The Phoenix are 8-2 following a 53-38 win vs. Wisconsin on Dec. 23. UWGB owns a Valley win already (54-53 at UNI on Nov. 10) and have played several common opponents with WSU: 89-86 OT loss vs. James Madison, 55-33 win vs. Missouri, and 79-48 win vs. Richmond. Green Bay is coached by Kevin Borseth who returned to the school where he spent 9 years, after five seasons at Michigan. The Phoenix return four starters from last year's team that went 31-2. In 2010 they advanced to the Sweet Sixteen by winning the regional at INTRUST Bank Arena.
NOTES ON JODY ADAMS
- WSU is 50-19 (.725) overall and 4-1 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.
- 74-66 in 5+ seasons at WSU and 98-74 overall (24-8 @ Murray St in 2007-08)
- WSU is 41-16 (4-0 this year) under Adams when out-rebounding the opponent.
- WSU is 43-4 (1-1 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 1,211 career points to rank 11th at WSU. Ann Hollingsworth is 10th with 1,272.
Jessica Diamond is the Shockers' leading scorer at 13.7 ppg and is the only WSU player averaging double figures. As a team, the Shockers are scoring 56.9 ppg and shooting .403 from the field. The Shockers have scored 60 or more points five times.
Defensively, WSU has held eight opponents to 51 points or less and is keeping the other to side .360 shooting from the floor and .254 from three-point range.
--In all six of WSU's wins, the Shockers posted a higher shooting percentage than the opponent.
WSU is 43-4 (1-1 this year) under Jody Adams when attempting more free throws than the opponent. The Shockers have been out-shot at the line in nine of 11 games this year and 228-193 in overall attempts for the season. WSU is shooting .668 (129-193) from the line. Jessica Diamond leads the team at .833 (30-36).
This season the Shockers have held eight opponents to 51 points or less and are 5-3 in those contests. The Shockers are 0-2 when the opponent score 63 or more. The Shockers held 19 opponents below 60 points last year and went 15-4 in those games.
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 .254 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.
Jessica Diamond returns as WSU's top assist-maker from a year ago. In 3+ seasons she has 309 dimes against 269 turnovers. Diamond has 23 assists this year though Alex Harden leads the team with 34.
KNOCKING 'EM DOWN
Last season, 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 .403 in 11 games this year.
TAKING CARE OF THE ROCK
In 11 games this year, the Shockers have forced 224 turnovers while committing just 182 (20.4-16.5). WSU is 5-3 when committing fewer turnovers.
CHECKING THE CAREER LISTS
- Jessica Diamond has 309 career assists to rank 8th at WSU. Kim Evans is 7th with 346.
- Diamond has 83 career 3-pt field goals to pass Kyrie Kinder (2004-08) for 8th. Deana Alexander (1992-96) is 7th with 85 and Lexee McDonald (2005-07) is 7th with 90.
- 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 551 career rebounds to pass Marguerite Keeley (1975-77) for 19th. Terria Dawson (1982-85) is 18th with 556 and Beth Epp (1976-79) is 17th with 572.