MANHATTAN, Kan.- Michelle Price scored a career-high 25 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead the Wichita State women’s basketball team past Big 12 opponent Kansas State 69-46 on Wednesday night inside Bramlage Coliseum.
Alex Harden added 15 points and six assists, while Alie Decker and Jamillah Bonner added 10 points apiece.
The Shockers came out of the gates on fire, scoring the first eight points of the game to force an early Kansas State timeout. A Price layup off a dish from Alex Harden at the 17:31 mark capped a 10-0 run for Wichita State.
The Wildcats didn’t hit their first bucket until a three-pointer at the 17:13 mark and only hit one of their first 10 shots. Wichita State then rattled off ten straight points again going up 20-3 on a Decker two-point jumper. Bonner completed an old-fashioned three-point play with 4:23 remaining in the half to push the Shocker lead to 29-11.
Price led all scorers in the first 20 minutes, scoring 12 points on 5-of-9 (.555) shooting. Overall, the Shockers shot 14-for-30 (.467) in the first half and held the Wildcats to 7-for-27 (.259) from the field.
Wichita State continued to dominate the game in the second half, and back-to-back layups by Price and Bonner put the Shockers up 22, 43-21 with 15:48 remaining in the game and the lead never got below 19 the rest of the way.
Price gave Wichita State its biggest lead of the game with a layup off a pass from Kelsey Jacobs that put the Shockers up 65-38.
For the game the Shocks shot 28-for-52 (.538) for the game, including 3-for-6 from three-point land. The Wichita State defense forced 18 Wildcat turnovers, which resulted in 30 points. The Shocks also held Kansas State to 18-of-52 (.346) shooting.
The Shockers will welcome Southeast Missouri State to Charles Koch Arena on Saturday for a tip set for 2:05 p.m.