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Shockers sharp in exhibition

  • Eagle correspondent
  • Published Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at 7:20 p.m.

When Jody Adams decided to unveil her latest version of the Wichita State women’s basketball team on Sunday afternoon, she claimed it was nowhere near a finished product.

Scary news if you’re in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Granted, there was a disparity in talent and most of what WSU accomplished was expected, but the Shockers still beat Harding, an NCAA Division II school, 88-47 at Koch Arena.

“There’s things that we’ve got to continue to work on,” Adams swore.

But even Adams admitted she was impressed with how the Shockers, defended. WSU forced 29 turnovers and Harding shot 32.6 percent from the field.

“If you’re just standing in the right position you’re going to get a steal,” Adams said. “It doesn’t matter who you are.”

That was certainly the case on Sunday. Adams has instructed her guards to pressure the ball full-court, relying on the other four players to be in communication and prepared to rotate and pounce on a floating pass.

“Defensively, we should be first in every stat,” said 5-foot-11 sophomore Alex Harden, who had five steals.

That might be possible with Harden at the helm.

“I think Alex can be an All-American, to be quite honest,” Adams said. “She’s just that caliber of athlete. It’s just the deciding of the ‘want to.’”

But the new system still leaves the Shockers vulnerable rebounding the ball and they must provide a better effort than they did against Harding, which outrebounded them 32-27.

WSU was efficient on offense, making 37 of 60 shots with all 11 players scoring at least four points. Harden led three double-figure scorers with 14 points.

While All-American talk may be premature now, it speaks to how much potential Adams believes Harden possesses.

"It means I have to work a little,” then Harden caught herself, “actually a lot harder to get there.”

Notes—Darice Fountaine, a Kapaun Mount Carmel graduate, made her debut in a Shocker uniform with six points on two three-pointers in 14 minutes. Fountaine is a senior after using up three years of eligibility at Savannah State.

HARDING: Saunders 3-4 3-4 10, Lewis 0-3 3-4 3, Holmes 7-14 0-0 15, Haney 0-2 0-0 0, Celsor 3-9 2-4 9, Brown 0-1 1-3 1, Crenshaw 0-0 1-2 1, Wiedower 0-1 0-0 0, Isaac-Boyce 0-3 0-0 0, Dunn 0-0 2-2 2, Harrison 0-1 1-2 1, Preaus 0-0 0-0 0, Strickland 0-1 2-2 2, Bramer 1-4 0-0 3. Totals 14-43 15-23 47.

WICHITA STATE: Jacobs 2-3 0-0 4, Turner 4-6 0-0 8, Price 5-6 1-2 11, Jones 3-6 2-2 8, Diamond 4-11 0-0 9, O’Brien 2-4 2-4 6, Decker 2-4 0-0 6, Fountaine 2-4 0-2 6, Harden 7-9 0-0 14, Wells 2-3 2-2 6, Gordon 4-4 2-5 10. Totals 37-60 9-17 88.

HalftimeWichita State 43, Harding 25. Three-point shootingHarding 4-13 (Saunders 1-1, Holmes 1-2, Bramer 1-2, Celsor 1-3, Lewis 0-1, Isaac-Boyce 0-1, Harrison 0-1, Haney 0-2), Wichita State 5-12 (Fountaine 2-3, Decker 2-4, Diamond 1-3, Turner 0-1, O’Brien 0-1). ReboundsHarding 32 (Celsor 9), Wichita State 27 (Turner 5). AssistsHarding 7 (Haney 2), Wichita State 18 (Three tied at 3). FoulsHarding 20, Wichita State 20. A1,263.

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