The Wichita State womens basketball team will play the first of two exhibition games Sunday afternoon at Koch Arena against Harding University, a Division II school from Arkansas.
Coach Jody Adams decided to add another exhibition game this season because of the structure of the roster. With six seniors, it will be the first time in Adams five years WSU will have more than two seniors.
I think we gain more from game-like situations and that will be more beneficial for us as we go through the season, Adams said. With an older team, game situations are more important. In the past when we were younger, I felt scrimmages were better because we could stop and teach.
Adams has constructed a new starting lineup, at least in the preseason.
The backcourt spots will go to seniors Jessica Diamond and Jasmine Jones, and fourth-year players Chynna Turner and Michelle Price will start in the post. The lone surprise is sophomore Kelsey Jacobs, who takes the other frontcourt spot ahead of senior Jazimen Gordon.
Sundays game against Harding will provide the Shockers an opportunity to fine tune some changes they have made in the offseason.
Transition defense and rebounding position have been our focus early on, Adams said. For us, its all about learning and all about gaining experience and figuring out where we need to be and seeing who plays well with each other.
Wichita State plays Central Oklahoma in its other exhibition game on Nov. 4 before it travels to Baton Rouge, La., on Nov. 11 to open the season at LSU.
These two games will give us great footage to break down and continue to get better, Adams said.