WICHITA, Kan.- The Wichita State women’s basketball team fell to St. Joseph’s, 81-73, in overtime Friday evening at Charles Koch Arena in the consolation round of the WNIT.
Alex Harden led all Shockers with 15 points and nine rebounds. Michelle Price added 14 points for Wichita State, shooting 6-for-10 from the field and Jamillah Bonner scored 12 points in the game.
The two teams traded buckets early on until an Alex Harden 2-point jumper and a Michaela Dapprich 3-pointer gave the Shockers a 10-4 lead at the 12:55 mark in the first half.
The Hawks fought their way back into the game, eventually tying the score at 16 with 7:52 remaining in the first 20 minutes. A Valerierose Agnello free-throw line jumper sparked a 9-2 run over the last three-plus minutes of the half. Michelle Price’s layup with nine seconds to go gave Wichita State a 30-23 lead at the break.
The Shockers shot 12-for-26 (.462) from the field, while holding St. Joseph’s to 9-for-23 (.391) shooting in the first half. Alex Harden led the way for Wichita State with nine points, five rebounds and four assists.
Price scored the first four points of the second half for Wichita State, stretching the Shocker lead to 34-23 with 17:54 remaining in the contest. Three minutes later, a Kelsey Jacobs steal and layup in transition forced a Hawk timeout and put the Shocker lead at 40-27. Price struck again with a three-point play at the 12:29 mark to give the Shockers a 47-31 lead.
After St. Joseph’s Ciara Andrews picked-off a Shocker pass, Natasha Cloud hit a jumper that cut the Wichita State lead to 49-40. Then, after the Hawks had cut the lead down to five, Alie Decker hit her first shot of the game, a 3-pointer that put Wichita State back up eight, 55-47, with 6:58 remaining in the game.
One minute later, Decker was fouled on a 3-point attempt, and she drained all three free throws to put Wichita State up 60-50.
The Hawks went on a 10-3 run to put the score at the 1:27 mark, but Jamillah Bonner hit two free throws to put the Shockers up 65-60, and then kept the Hawks at bay with a jumper in the paint to make the score 67-63 Wichita State. St. Joseph’s then forced overtime, going on a 6-0 run over the last 24 seconds, including a layup that tied the game at 69 with two seconds left in regulation.
Marissa Preston hit a three-pointer at the 3:12 mark to take the lead back, 73-71 but St. Joseph’s took it right back with a pair of free throws and a steal and layup to make the score, 75-73. The Hawks would finish overtime with a 10-0 run to put the Shockers away, 81-73.
Wichita State shot 43 percent (23-for-53) from the field and forced 18 St. Joseph’s turnovers.
The Shockers are next in action when they travel to Manhattan, Kan., for a matchup with the Kansas State Wildcats Wed., Nov. 20. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.