CHICAGO- Jamillah Bonner scored 20 points and pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds to complete a double-double and lead the Wichita State women’s basketball team to their record-tying 10th consecutive victory on Friday night, as they defeated Loyola 71-58 inside Gentile Arena.
Alex Harden scored 15 points, pulled down nine rebounds, handed out four assists and had a career-high four blocks for the Shockers. Kelsey Jacobs added 13 points and two blocks, while Michelle Price added eight points and tied a career-high with six steals.
Both teams started out slow offensively, only connecting on one of their first nine shots combined. Wichita State would find it’s groove, however, and with the score tied at four at the 16:08 mark, the Shockers rattled off 13 consecutive points over five minutes to take a 17-4 lead.
After Loyola got the Wichita State lead down to five, Harden stopped the Rambler run with a big three that put the Shockers up 22-14 at the 9:02 mark. After the teams continued to trade baskets, another three, this time from Bonner, stretched the Shocker lead once again to eight, 29-21, with just over four minutes left in the half.
A Kelsey Jacobs layup and another three from Bonner with 35 seconds left in the half secured a 36-25 lead for Wichita State going into the locker room.
Wichita State shot 14-for-34 (.412) from the floor in the first half and scored 13 points off 13 Rambler turnovers. Jamillah Bonner led all scorers with 10 points, while pulling down six rebounds. Kelsey Jacobs added eight points on 4-of-6 shooting, while Alex Harden and Michaela Dapprich each had six points.
Bonner started the second half just as she ended the first, hitting a three-pointer at the 18:54 mark that put Wichita State up, 41-25.
The Shockers kept the Ramblers at bay until midway through the second half when Loyola scored eight straight points to cut the Wichita State lead to 50-43 with just over eight minutes remaining in the game. Two minutes later, a jumper from the free-throw line by Michelle Price forced the Shocker lead to double digits once again, 56-45.
Loyola cut the Wichita State lead to 10 with just over two minutes left, but freshman Marissa Preston iced the game with a three-pointer with 24 second remaining and the Shockers went on to win.
Wichita State will now head to Peoria, Ill. for a game against Bradley on Sunday at 2 p.m.