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WSU women beat Grambling State, irritate coach

  • Eagle correspondent
  • Published Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at 11 p.m.

Tuesday night’s home game against winless Grambling State had much less to do with Wichita State’s 62-44 win and more to do with yet another message sent from Jody Adams.

The coach has been less than satisfied with her bench play this season, and on Tuesday her dismay shifted to the team’s guards.

Uninspired play from starting guard Alex Harden, who Adams has said has All-America potential, and Molly O’Brien landed them on the bench for the final 17 minutes. Joining them was Darice Fountaine, who was told not to suit up by coaches.

That left seniors Jessica Diamond and Jasmine Jones as the only available guards. Adams abandoned a traditional lineup by playing a point guard and four posts for the majority of the second half.

“We’ve decided that we’re not going to give into things that are unacceptable,” Adams said. “Things that don’t win big games; things that don’t win championships. We’re not going to allow those things. We’re going to be very consistent with that.”

Wichita State (3-4), which lost all three games over the weekend at the Cancun Challenge, again struggled to attack a zone defense in the first half, shooting 34 percent and turning it over 15 times against a team rated as the worst of the 345 teams in Division I by RealTimeRPI.com.

Adams was so frustrated by her team’s offense that coaches brought the players out early during halftime to work on a fundamental passing drill. They even screwed that up and had to do push-ups … twice.

“A lot of that I take responsibility for,” Diamond said of the problems on offense. “I didn’t get my guards to move. We were standing with the ball on top of our heads. That’s why the guards were on the bench today.”

The seniors said the lackadaisical play begins with the players.

“It’s just energy,” Chynna Turner said. “Stuff you shouldn’t have to coach.”

WSU outscored Grambling 20-8 during an eight-minute stretch after Harden and O’Brien were benched, taking control of the game.

Freshman Michaela Dapprich, who missed the first six games of the season with a hand injury, played 17 minutes off the bench and contributed more than her four-point, three-rebound stat line indicated.

“She’s just one of those kids that you want to play with,” Adams said. “She’s one of those kids you want to coach. You’re going to get the best out of her. I could ask her to do anything and I believe she would do it.”

Seven games into the season, the Shockers have more questions than answers. That may seem unusual for a team expecting to win the Missouri Valley title, but Adams believes working through the problems now will pay dividends come March.

“We’re putting together a team we believe can go a long way and do some great things this year,” Adams said. “It may be inches you see at time, but at the end is what counts.”

GRAMBLING STATE (0-5): Ceazer 0-2 2-2 2, Miller 4-19 7-11 17, Watkins 0-3 0-0 0, Anderson 2-4 1-3 5, McCowan 3-7 0-0 6, Ricks 1-2 0-2 2, Winley 0-0 0-0 0, Burwell 1-3 0-0 3, Watson 0-0 2-2 2, Richard 1-1 0-0 2, Threatt 1-5 2-2 5, Gibson 0-1 0-0. Totals 13-47 14-22 44.

WICHITA STATE (3-4): Jones 2-7 1-2 5, Jacobs 3-6 3-4 10, Harden 0-4 1-2 1, Turner 4-6 0-0 9, Gordon 3-7 0-0 6, O’Brien 0-0 0-0 0, Diamond 5-13 7-8 19, Dapprich 2-5 0-1 4, Wells 0-0 0-0 0, Price 4-4 0-1 8. Totals 23-52 12-18 62.

Halftime—WSU 25, GSU 21. 3-pt. shooting—GSU 4-13 (Miller 2-7, Burwell 1-2, Threatt 1-2, Ceazer 0-1, Watkins 0-1), WSU 4-8 (Diamond 2-4, Jacobs 1-1, Turner 1-1, Dapprich 0-2). Rebounds—GSU 29 (Three tied at 5), WSU 38 (Jones 7). Assists—GSU 9 (Anderson 3), WSU 11 (Jones, Harden 3). Fouls—GSU 19, WSU 15. A—1,177.

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