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Fri., Feb. 1, 2013
Wichita State (13-6, 7-0 MVC) vs. Illinois St. (13-6, 5-2 MVC)
7:05 p.m.

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Date: Feb. 1, 2013
Tipoff: 7:05 p.m. CST
Location: Wichita, Kan.
Arena: Koch Arena (10,506)
Radio: AM 1330 KNSS
Talent: Brian Petrotta
Talent: Bruce Haertl (play-by-play), Laura Leonard (color)





The Wichita State women's basketball team (13-6, 7-0 MVC) hosts Illinois State (13-6, 5-2 MVC) Friday night at 7:05 p.m. inside Charles Koch Arena. ESPN 3 will broadcast the game. 

- In a similar setting last year, Illinois State topped the Shockers 68-59 on Jan. 27 at Koch Arena, dropping WSU to 7-1 in the MVC and stopping the Shockers' program record-tying 10-game winning streak. 

- The Shockers have matched the best start to conference play in school history at 7-0. That beginning matches last year's team, which had its 7-0 start stopped by Illinois State in Wichita on Jan. 27 (68-59 final score). 

- WSU is coming off a 49-45 win at Evansville. The Shockers trailed by 10 points in the first half but held the Purple Aces to 31.9% shooting, blocked 10 shots, and forced 20 turnovers to claim the combeback victory. 

- Chynna Turner was named the MVC Player of the Week, 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). 

- 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.

- Sunday's win at Evansville gave WSU its first ever perfect January (7-0). 

- WSU has held 11 of 18 teams to 51 points or less and is 8-3 in those games. Entering this weekend's games, the Shockers rank 17th in the NCAA in scoring defense (52.2 ppg) and 41st in turnover margin (+4.16). 

- 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, 415-255. 

- Head Coach Jody Adams owns 81 victories at Wichita State to pass Kathryn Bunnell (1978-83) for second on WSU's career wins list. She notched her 100th overall win as a head coach Jan. 10 at Bradley. At home under Adams, Wichita State is 52-20 (.722) overall and 6-2 this 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. 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 1,314 points. She needs 52 more points to match former teammate Haleigh Lankster (2008-12) for ninth.



WSU faced its stiffest challenge from an MVC foe this year but pulled out a 49-45 victory at Evansville on Sunday. The Shockers scored the first bucket of the game but saw the Purple Aces respond with 11 straight points to take and hold the lead until late in the second half. A Jessica Diamond three-pointer with 5:35 left gave WSU its first lead since the first basket and Wichita State never again trailed. Diamond and Chynna Turner went for 11 points while Michaela Dapprich chipped in 10 on 4-of-5 shooting off the bench. 


The Redbirds are 5-2 in the conference and in third place. Picked third in the preseason poll, Illinois State is led by the trio of Janae Smith (15.5 ppg, 9.1 rpg), Candace Sykes (13.9 ppg, 43 3-pt baskets), and Jamie Russell (13.5 ppg, 48 steals). Their 8-4 non-conference record included wins over Northwestern and Illinois. More recently, Illinois State blasted Southern Illinois 89-41 then edged Indiana State 66- 65 last Friday night. The Redbirds swept the season series from WSU last year, including a 68-59 victory in Wichita on Jan. 27 that ended WSU's 10-game winning streak. 


- WSU is 53-20 (.726) overall and 7-2 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. 

- 81-67 in 5+ seasons at WSU and 105-74 overall (24-8 @ Murray St in 2007-08) 

- WSU is 44-16 (7-0 this year) under Adams when out-rebounding the opponent. 

- WSU is 45-5 (3-2 this year) under Adams when attempting more FTs than the opponent. 

- Only WSU coach with a .500-or-better record in the MVC Tournament. 


Senior Jessica Diamond joined the 1,000-point club in the regular season finale last year and now owns 1,314 career points to rank 10th at WSU. Haleigh Lankster (2008-2012) is 9th with 1,366. 


Jessica Diamond is the Shockers' leading scorer at 13.4 ppg and is the only WSU player averaging double figures. As a team, the Shockers are scoring 59.2 ppg and shooting .426 from the field. The Shockers have scored 60 or more points 11 times. 

Defensively, WSU has held 11 opponents to 51 points or less and is keeping the other to side .369 shooting from the floor and .289 from 3-point range. 

--In 12 of WSU's 13 wins, the Shockers posted a higher shooting percentage than the opponent. 


This season the Shockers have held 11 opponents to 51 points or less and are 8-3 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 45-5 (3-2 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 19 games this year and 368-322 in overall attempts for the season. WSU is shooting .696 (224-322) from the line. Jessica Diamond leads the team at .893 (50-56) and has hit 32 in a row. She ranks 13th in the nation in free throw percentage. 


Last year, the Shockers boasted the top three-point defense in the MVC, and may be headed that way in 2012-13, keeping opponents to .289 shooting from downtown. WSU was 15-6 when holding the opponent below 30% shooting from beyond the arc and 11-0 when keeping them below 20% last year. 


Jessica Diamond returns as WSU's top assist-maker from a year ago. In 3+ seasons she has 337 dimes against 291 turnovers. Diamond has 51 assists this year though Alex Harden leads the team with 65. 


Last season, Wichita State led the Valley and ranked 13th in the nation in field goal percentage at .443. WSU is shooting .426 overall in 19 games this year but connecting on .472 in MVC play. 


In 19 games this year, the Shockers have forced 378 turnovers while committing just 299 (19.9-15.7). WSU is 11-3 when committing fewer turnovers and ranks xxrd in the NCAA in turnover margin (+4.2). 


- Jessica Diamond has 337 career assists to rank 8th at WSU. Kim Evans is 7th with 346. 

- Diamond has 90 career 3-pt field goals to tie Lexee McDonald (2005-07) for 7th at WSU. Shelley Crow (1986-90) is 6th with 98. 

- Jazimen Gordon has 108 career blocked shots to rank 3rd on WSU's career list. Mary Kennedy (1980- 83) is 2nd with 169. 

- Gordon has 558 career rebounds to rank 18th. Beth Epp (1976-79) is 17th with 572 and Kim Evans (192-96) is 16th with 580. 


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). The Shockers have steadily improved in each of Jody Adams' seasons as head coach. 

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 7-0 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. 


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