PEORIA, Ill.- The Wichita State women’s basketball team women’s basketball team won its program-record 11th straight game on Sunday afternoon, defeating Bradley 74-72 inside Renaissance Coliseum.
Jamillah Bonner scored a career-high 28 points, shooting 9-for-12 from the floor, including 5-for-7 from behind the arc, while going a perfect 5-for-5 from the free-throw line. Michelle Price completed a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds, while Alex Harden added 15 points and seven rebounds.
The Shockers (12-2, 3-0) fell behind in the early moments and were forced to take a timeout at the 17:35 mark after the Braves opened the game on a 9-2 run. Jamillah Bonner then capped a 9-0 Wichita State run with a three-pointer to tie the game at 14 and force Bradley to take a timeout of its own.
After the Braves hit a two-point jumper, Bonner nailed two more threes and then hit two shots from the free-throw line to push the Shocker run to 17-2 and put Wichita State up 22-16 with 11:22 remaining in the first half. Two minutes later, Michelle Price hit a pair of free throws to stretch the lead to 26-18.
Wichita State continued to pour it on, and Bonner completed an old-fashioned three-point play with just over a minute left in the half to give the Shockers their biggest lead, 15, 43-28.
Bonner led all scorers at the break with 19 points, going 4-for-5 from the three-point line and 5-for-5 from the free-throw line, as the Shockers went into the break up 43-30. Wichita State shot 14-for-32 (.438) from the field, including 4-for-10 from behind the arc. The Shocker defense forced 11 turnovers in the first 20 minutes, scoring 18 points off those turnovers.
Bradley wouldn’t go away and eventually cut the Wichita State lead to six, 56-50 with 11:59 left in the game. Then, Harden and Price ignited an 8-0 run for Shockers as they stole the ball on back-to-back possessions and scored on the other end. A jumper by Jaleesa Chapel capped the run that saw the Shockers lead once again by 14, 64-50.
Wichita State led by double digits for most of the remainder of the game until the Braves cut the lead to nine with 41 seconds remaining. Bradley continued to whittle away, but the Shockers were able to hold on and win 74-72.
The Shockers shot 28-for-61 (.459) for the game and held Bradley to 20-for-54 (.370) shooting. The Wichita State scored 34 points off 23 turnovers and outscored the Braves in to paint 32-20.
Northern Iowa will come to Charles Koch Arena on Sat., Jan. 18, as Wichita State will continue Missouri Valley Conference Play. Tip is set for 5:45 p.m.