WICHITA, Kan.- The Wichita State women’s basketball team will welcome Air Force to Charles Koch Arena on Sun., Dec. 1. Tip is set for 1 p.m.
- The Shocker women grabbed their third win of the season on Sat., Nov. 23, defeating Southeast Missouri State, 67-46. The Wichita State defense held the Redhawks to 15-of-53 (.283) shooting, including 2-of-9 (.222) from behind the arc. Michaela Dapprich had her best performance of the season with 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting, five rebounds, two blocks and two steals.
- Wichita State defeated Kansas State, 69-46, on Wed., Nov. 20 inside Bramalage Coliseum. It was the first win over a BCS program for the Shockers since Dec. 22, 2005 when they knocked-off Oklahoma State, 63-57, inside Charles Koch Arena. Wichita State shot 28-of-52 (.538) from the field and held the Wildcats to 18-for-52 (.346).
- Against Kansas State, Michelle Price had the best scoring outing of her career, going 11-for-16 (.687) from the field to score 25 points. Price also tied a career-high in assists with four. She added 13 points and seven rebounds in the win over Southeast Missouri to help capture MVC Player of the Week honors.
- The Shockers wrapped-up their participation in the Preseason WNIT on Fri. Nov. 15 against St. Joseph’s in an 81-73 overtime loss in the consolation bracket. Alex Harden led the scoring once against for Wichita State, scoring 15 points, while pulling down nine rebounds and handing out seven assists.
- Alex Harden turned in the best performance by a Shocker against a BCS-level school in the Jody Adams era at No. 11 Oklahoma on Sun., Nov. 10. The Valley’s preseason Player of the Year poured in 24 points (four shy of her career-best) by shooting 8-of-16 from the field and 8-of-9 from the free throw line. As is her custom, Harden also contributed in other areas with four rebounds, three assists and two steals while playing all 40 minutes.
- WSU cruised past IPFW, 69-46, in the season opener on Fri., Nov. 8. The Shockers started slowly but used a 23-1 run over the final 11:56 of the first half to take a 37-13 lead at the break. Wichita State led by as many as 38 before allowing the newcomers to play the majority of the final 12 minutes.
- The Shockers participated in the Preseason WNIT for the first time since 2006. WSU lost at home to Hofstra and Arkansas to go 0-2. In 2000, WSU lost at Texas to go 0-1.
- WSU won both exhibition games, defeating Central Methodist (NAIA), 63-42, on Oct. 27 and Southwest Baptist (NCAA DII), 89-51, on Nov. 3.
- On Oct. 30 at the MVC Basketball Tip-off in Chicago, the Shockers were picked to finish second in the league’s preseason poll. WSU received 13 first-place votes and landed just behind Indiana State. The Shockers were picked second last year, as well, before claiming the co-championship with Creighton. WSU has met or exceeded its preseason rating in each of Jody Adams’ five previous seasons as head coach.
The Shockers (3-2) raced past Southeast Missouri State on Sat., Nov. 23, 67-46. Michaela Dapprich led all scorers with 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 1-for-2 from behind the arc. The sophomore from Branson, Mo. also went 5-for-6 from the free throw line. Alex Harden was one assist away from a double-double, as she scored 14 points and handed out nine assists. Michelle Price and Alie Decker also scored in double figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively. The Shocker defense shut down the Redhawks, holding them to 15-of-53 (.283) shooting, including 2-of-9 (.222) from behind the arc.
ABOUT AIR FORCE
The Falcons (0-4) fell to Weber State on the road 81-69 on Tues., Nov. 26. They are led in scoring by Jimi Blagowsky who is 21-of-49 (.429) from the field so far this season, while averaging 13 points a game. Blagowsky has also been dangerous from behind the arc, going 8-for-20 (.400). Kelly Lujan leads the team in 3-point field goal percentage, hitting five out of 12 shots (.417) so far on the year.
NOTES ON JODY ADAMS
- 95-73 in 5+ seasons at WSU and 119-80 overall (24-8 @ Murray St in 2007-08)
- WSU is 60-22 (.732) overall and 2-1 this year at home under Adams.
- 2nd on the WSU all-time wins list. Linda Hargrove (1989-98) is 1st with 113 wins over 9 seasons.
- WSU is 53-17 (2-0 this year) under Adams when out-rebounding the opponent.
- WSU is 51-7 (8-3 last year) under Adams when attempting more FTs than the opponent.
- Only WSU coach with a .500-or-better record in the MVC Tournament and owns the school’s coaching record for MVC Tournament wins (7).
Jody Adams completed her fall signing class this week, receiving commitments from Wichita’s Ashley Ivy, Arlington, Texas native Aundra Stovall and Queensvillage, N.Y. native Brittany Martin. Ivy played alongside Jamillah Bonner at Butler CC last year as a freshman and was the team’s second leading scorer at 10.7 ppg. As a junior at Arlington Seguin High School, Stovall scored 11.4 ppg while grabbing 3.1 rpg, dishing out 2.7 apg, and forcing 4.0 steals per game. Martin, a 6-foot-4 center, played the 2012-13 season at Old Dominion where she participated in eight games before transferring to Northwest Florida State College for the 2013-14 season.
DECORATED LIKE CHRISTMAS
Alex Harden was named the MVC Preseason Player of the Year by both the official poll and by CollegeSportsMadness.com. That website also put Harden on the All-High Major Second Team. Last year as a sophomore she earned MVP of the MVC Tournament. The Springfield, Ill. native dropped 20.7 ppg in the three games, including a career-high 28 points in an overtime win over No. Iowa in the semifinal game. Harden also claimed the league’s Defensive Player of the Year and was included on the All-MVC First Team. In 2011-12 she earned a spot on the MVCAll- Freshman Team.
While it was last year’s Shocker senior class that rightfully earned credit for bringing the program from the bottom of the conference to league champions, a pair of underclassmen carried the squad down the stretch. Harden and Michaela Dapprich were the team’s leading scorers in post-season play and were the only two WSU players on the MVC All-Tournament Team. The Shockers went 18-5 when Harden scored in double figures and 7-0 when Dapprich reached double digits.
PRESEASON WNIT HISTORY
WSU participated in the Preseason WNIT for the third time in school history and the Shockers earned their first win on Fri., Nov. 8 against IPFW. Wichita State had a short stay in 2000, losing at Texas in the season opener on Nov. 10. In 2006, the Shockers dropped a 79-72 decision at home to Hofstra on Nov. 19. The next day, also in Wichita, Arkansas raced past the Shockers, 80-70.
DOING IT WITH “D”
Last year, the Shockers set a school record, led the MVC and ranked 42nd in the NCAA in scoring defense (55.4 ppg). WSU was also 48th in blocked shots per game (4.5) and 37th in turnover margin (+3.79), while leading the Valley in both categories.
Last season the Shockers held 17 opponents to 55 points or less and went 14-3 in those contests. The Shockers were only 5-5 when the opponent scored 63 or more. Wichita St. held 19 opponents below 60 points in 2011-12 and went 15-4 in those games.
WSU blocked nearly three times (99-37) as many shots as the opponent in MVC games. Five players registered between 10 and 21 blocked shots in league contests.
KNOCKING ‘EM DOWN
WSU led the Valley in field goal percentage at .430 overall (30th in the NCAA) and .449 (1st MVC) in 18 MVC games. In 2011-12, Wichita State was 1st in the MVC and 13th in the NCAA at .443.
Alex Harden is WSU’s top returning assist-maker, with 124 a year ago. Harden had 10 games last year with 5+ assists, including a career-high 9 vs. SIU on Feb. 23. Harden ranked 2nd in MVC games in assists per game (4.4). The junior has 161 career assists, just outside the school’s top 25.
WSU is 50-7 (8-3 last year) under Jody Adams when attempting more free throws than the opponent. The Shockers were out-shot at the line in 21 of 34 games last year and 595-554 in overall attempts. WSU shot .690 (382-554) from the line. Jessica Diamond led the team at .867 (72-83). She connected on a WSU-record 36 straight (8th longest streak in MVC history). The Shockers were 11-3 when attempting as many or more free throws than the opponent.