WICHITA, Kan. – Wichita State defeated Central Methodist 63-42, Sunday at Charles Koch Arena in the first exhibition game of the 2013-14 women’s basketball season.
Junior Jamillah Bonner led the Shockers with 20 points and junior Alex Harden led the team with seven steals and eight rebounds. Senior Michelle Price added 15 points for Wichita State in the victory over the Eagles.
Wichita State went on an 11-6 run to start the game, led by a layup from senior Michelle Price and a steal and layup from Alex Harden early in the contest.
Central Methodist went on an 8-4 run, sparked by a layup at the 9:39 mark and back-to-back three-pointers to cut the Shocker lead, 21-16, but Wichita State answered with a 16-3 run of their own to end the half with a 37-19 advantage.
The Shocker defense forced 19 first half turnovers and held the Eagles to 29.2 percent from the floor and 21.4 percent behind the arc. Price led all Shockers with 11 points off of 4-of-6 shooting going into halftime and Michaela Dapprich led Wichita State with five rebounds.
Wichita State started the second half on a 14-5 run, after two quick baskets from Jamillah Bonner at the 16:36 mark to give the Shockers a 51-24 advantage. Bonner scored 11 of her 20 points in the second half, helping Wichita State to the 63-42 victory.
The Shockers held the Eagles to 34.9 percent (15-43) from the floor and 19 percent from three-point range (4-21), while scoring 35 points off of 34 Eagle turnovers.
The Shockers will host Southwest Baptist in the final exhibition game Sunday, Nov. 3, with the tip set for 2:05 p.m.