It is We Play for Kay night at Charles Koch Arena, as the players will be wearing pink jerseys. The jerseys and other pink items will be auctioned off to raise funds for breast cancer.
- The Shockers fell to Northern Iowa 80-71 on Sunday, ending their program-best 20-game winning streak. Alex Harden scored a career-high 31 points in the loss, shooting 8-of-18 from the floor, including 4-of-7 from behind the three-point line.
- With her 31 points on Sunday, Harden now sits at 992 career points. The junior guard is already 20th on the Wichita State career points list and is eight points from being the 19th Shocker to score 1,000 points in her career.
- The Wichita State defense continues to be one of the best in the nation, as the Shockers are ranked 8th in the country in three-point field-goal percentage defense (.257), 16th in scoring defense (56.9), 18th in turnover margin (5.33), 26th in blocked shots per game (4.9), and 48th in steals per game (9.8).
- For her performances against Bradley and Loyola last week, Alex Harden was named MVC Player of the Week for the second time this season and the third time in her career. The junior guard scored 24 points, including 13 in the second half to help Wichita State erase a first half deficit and defeat the Ramblers, 65-50.
- With the win over Drake on Fri., Feb. 14, Jody Adams captured her 113th victory as head coach at Wichita State, and is one win from becoming the all-time winningest coach in Shocker history. Former head coach Linda Hargrove had a career record of 113-136 (.451) in nine seasons from 1989-98. In her sixth season at Wichita State, Adams is now 113-74 (.604).
- Michelle Price has recorded eight double-doubles this season after having two career double-doubles coming into the season. She has now led the team in rebounding 11 times and scoring three times in her career.
- Alex Harden has collected a team-high 121 assists on the season, which is good for second in the Valley. She also continues to move up the Wichita State record book, as her 282 career assists put her at No. 13 in program history.
LAST TIME OUT
Wichita State (21-3, 12-1) dropped its first game since mid-November, falling to Northern Iowa 80-71 in Cedar Falls. Alex Harden scored a career-high 31 points in the loss, hitting 8-of-18 of her shots, including 4-of-7 from three. The Shockers trailed the whole way, and Harden’s three-pointer with 12:20 remaining in the game put the Shockers down three, 51-48. A run by Northern Iowa run put the lead back up to 10, until Harden hit another three-pointer to cut the lead down to 59-52 and keep Wichita State in the game with 8:18 remaining. The Panthers continued to answer the Shockers down the stretch and went on to win.
ABOUT ILLINOIS STATE
Illinois State (7-15, 6-6) moved to .500 in Valley play with its 68-63 overtime win over Southern Illinois on Sun., Feb. 16. Chloe Nelson led the way with 18 points on 5-of-16 shooting, while grabbing five rebounds. Kalyn Gebhardt added 11 points and five rebounds in the Redbird victory. Nelson leads the team in scoring at 14 points a game and has also handed out a team-high 58 assists on the season. On Jan. 25, in the first game between Wichita State and Illinois State, Kelsey Jacobs scored a career-high 21 points and blocked a career-high five shots to lead the Shockers to a 74-58 victory in Normal.
NOTES ON JODY ADAMS
- 113-74 in 5+ seasons at WSU and 137-82 overall (24-8 @ Murray St in 2007-08)
- WSU is 70-22 (.758) overall and 12-1 this year at home under Adams.
- Tied for first on the all-time wins list. Linda Hargrove also won 113 games at WSU from 1989-98.
- WSU is 67-17 (14-0 this year) under Adams when out-rebounding the opponent.
- WSU is 61-7 (10-1 this 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).
After being ranked No. 24 in the USA Today Sports Division I Top 25 Coaches’ Poll last week, the Shockers received 19 votes in this week’s poll, equating to No. 29. Wichita State is also receiving votes in the AP Poll, getting 23 votes this week to equate to No. 27.
The Shockers, who are boasting an 21-3 record so far this season, are No. 5 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major poll. The poll is made up of teams from the following conferences: America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Horizon, Independents, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Summit, Sun Belt, West Coast, Western Athletic.
LEADING THE MVC
As of Feb. 16, the Shockers were ranked first in the MVC in scoring offense (72.4), field-goal percentage (.448), field-goal percentage defense (.369), scoring defense (56.9), scoring margin (15.5), three-point field-goal percentage defense (.257), rebounding margin (3.4), steals (9.8), turnover margin (5.3), and won-lost percentage (.875). Individually, Alex Harden is first in assist turnover ratio (2.2) and Michelle Price is first in field-goal percentage (.584).
Jody Adams completed her fall signing class, 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 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 MVC All-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”
The Shockers continue to be a great defensive team under Jody Adams. So far this year they are holding teams to 56.9 points per game, which is good for 16th in the nation. Wichita State also has the eighth-best three-point field-goal percentage defense in the nation (.257) and only allow opponents to make 3.7 threes a game.
This season the Shockers are 13-0 when holding their opponents to 55 points or less and were 14-3 in those contests last season. 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.
KNOCKING ‘EM DOWN
Wichita State is first in the MVC and 28th in the nation in field-goal percentage so far this season at .448. In 2012-13, they 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). This season, she has handed out a team-high 121 assists. The junior has 282 career assists, which is good for 13th in Shocker history.
ON THE BACKBOARDS
The Shockers were 15-1 last year when out-rebounding their opponent and are 16-0 this year. Seven players averaged between 3.0 and 5.0 rebounds per game, with Alex Harden claiming the latter average to lead the team. All 11 active players led the team in rebounding at least once in a game last year. Michelle Price is the team’s active leader with 569, putting her at No. 19 in Shocker history.
AGAINST THE BCS SCHOOLS
The Shockers went 0-4 against the BCS-level schools last year, including a loss at Texas A&M in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Wichita State also hosted Kansas State last year and played the Wildcats tough before falling, 48-43, on Dec. 4. The Shockers are 41-137 lifetime against BCS-level schools. The Shockers won their first game over against a BCS-level school since 2005, defeating Kansas State 69-46 on Wed., Nov. 20 inside Bramlage Coliseum. Wichita State has faced Kansas State more than any other BCS program, and now have a 6-33 record against the Wildcats.
WSU is 61-7 (11-1 this year) under Jody Adams when attempting more free throws than the opponent. Alex Harden is 77-of-93 (.828) from the charity strip so far this season and a total of eight Shockers are shooting 70 percent or better from the line.