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Jet women turn up defense

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at 12:04 a.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at 2:58 a.m.

On any other night, the five steals by Newman forward Tasha Cannon probably would have stood out more.

There were two reasons why they didn't in the Jets' 68-58 win over St. Mary's in a Heartland Conference game on Monday. First, Cannon did a little bit of everything, finishing with 11 rebounds, nine points and two assists.

Also, steals weren't a unique statistic for the Jets. They had 15, and three players had at least three.

Newman (16-7, 6-1 Heartland) turned much of their defense into offense, getting breakaway layups while otherwise finding easy paths to the basket against an often-soft St. Mary's defense.

"Our coach (Jaime Green) always told us to play at angles," Cannon said. "The fact that we took the time out to notice those angles, we were able to get steals."

The game was even in many areas — Newman had a 32-29 rebounding edge and actually committed one more turnover — 24-23 — than the Rattlers. But Newman's defense was the difference, since the Jets always seemed aware of where the next pass was going.

Most often, St. Mary's (14-10, 6-3) tried to get the ball inside to bulky forward Kristen Williams. But the combination of the physical play by Newman's Alex Adekunle and the ability of Newman's guards to provide help kept Williams from having a difference-making stretch, even though she finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

"Kristen Williams is one of the best (power forwards) in our league," Green said. "The kid plays with so much heart and tenacity. If you don't limit her to one shot, she's going to kill you. I was proud of our kids for battling."

Philicia Kelly led the Jets with 24 points, making 11 of 15 shots. In the first half, she drove the baseline against overmatched St. Mary's defenders and made 7 of 8 shots, scoring 15 points.

The Rattlers adjusted some on Kelly in the second half, but she found an easier way to score — by leading the fast break after Newman made a steal. She scored three baskets that way before leaving with 5:05 to go with an apparent head injury, although Kelly walked off the floor on her own power.

St. Mary's was within a missed layup of tying it seven minutes into the second half, and Kelly's baskets provided separation during a 15-4 run midway through the half.

"Our point guard, Rhea Codio, did a good job pushing the ball and kicking it," Green said. "Philicia does a good job of extending the defense. She's a great athlete and we're lucky to have her on our team."

ST. MARY'S: Moeller 2-3 2-2 6, Williams 6-11 7-9 19, Jacobs 1-4 0-0 2, Boyd 2-7 4-6 8, James 2-10 2-2 6, Crawford 0-0 0-0 0, Sophus 2-6 1-1 5, Patterson 1-6 0-0 3, Bailey 4-6 1-2 9. Totals 20-53 17-22 58.

NEWMAN: Cannon 4-7 1-2 9, Soyez 1-5 2-4 5, Adekunle 3-7 3-4 10, Codio 1-9 4-4 6, Kelly 11-15 1-2 24, Key 24, Key 2-2 4-4 8, Norwood 0-0 0-0 0, Coleman 1-1 2-2 4, Mungo 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 24-47 17-22 68.

Halftime—Newman 39-30. Three-point shooting—St. Mary's 1-14 (Patterson 1-6, Boyd 0-1, Sophus 0-2, James 0-5), Newman 3-12 (Adekunle 1-2, Kelly 1-2, Soyez 1-4, Codio 0-4). Rebounds—St. Mary's 29 (Williams 10), Newman 32 (Cannon 11). Total fouls—St. Mary's 14, Newman 17. Technicals—Newman, Codio. Assists—St. Mary's 12 (James 5), Newman 12 (Codio 5).

Newman men 94, St. Mary's 82 — The Jets avoided a reverse of what happened in their win on Saturday, when they rallied from a 24-point deficit to beat Texas A&M-International. Monday, Newman's one-time 26-point lead was trimmed to single digits late, but the Jets were never in serious danger.

St. Mary's rallied against Newman's reserves before most of the starters came back in to provide stability. Their presence earlier in the game powered Newman to a carryover from their big weekend comeback.

The Jets made 14 three-pointers, six by Chip Steven, who scored a game- and career-high 28 points while also leading Newman in rebounds (seven) and assists (five). Keaton Schultz made 4 of 5 three pointers and scored 17 points.

ST. MARY'S: Ward 1-3 1-2 4, Marshall 4-9 8-13 16, Kotzur 10-11 9-13 29, Orta 6-16 0-1 15, Campbell 1-6 0-0 2, Castro 2-7 2-2 7, Clark 0-0 0-0 0, Hutton 1-3 0-0 2, Roberts 1-2 1-2 3, Hartle 1-2 0-0 2, Fonteneaux 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 28-61 21-34 82.

NEWMAN: Burdette 1-5 4-5 7, Berry 3-5 1-3 7, Schultz 4-5 5-6 17, Steven 7-12 8-9 28, Saunders 5-6 1-4 12, Grant 1-1 0-0 2, Barnwell 0-0 0-0 0, Nordman 2-8 0-0 6, Langley 0-0 2-3 2, Hansen 2-2 2-2 6, Brumbelow 0-3 0-0 0, Felter 0-2 7-8 7. Totals 25-49 94.

Halftime—Newman 45-27. Three-point shooting—St. Mary's 5-22 (Orta 3-10, Ward 1-2, Castro 1-5, Marshall 0-1, Hutton 0-1, Roberts 0-1, Campbell 0-2), Newman 14-25 (Steven 6-10, Schultz 4-5, Nordman 2-7, Burdette 1-1, Saunders 1-1, Berry 0-1). Rebounds—St. Mary's 39 (Marshall, Kotzur 10), Newman 34 (Steven 7). Total fouls—St. Mary's 30, Newman 26. Technicals—Campbell, Berry. Assists—St. Mary's 14 (Campbell 5), Newman 15 (Steven 4). A—277.

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