The search for consistent offense is ongoing for the Wichita State women’s basketball team.
Offense will never be the forte of a Jody Adams team, but the fifth-year coach didn’t think the struggles would extend so far into the schedule.
But here Wichita State is, entering the Missouri Valley season with a 6-6 record and still unsure how it is going to score against teams like Thursday night’s opponent Missouri State.
“I think everything we need is there,” WSU senior Chynna Turner said. “We’ve showed this year that we have a team where one through 10 we can score. But if we only have one through three show up and other people take the day off, then we can’t win.”
The latest RPI ratings show Wichita State failed to beat the six opponents ranked inside the top 100 and defeated six that were outside.
WSU doesn’t have a bad loss, but then again, it doesn’t have a quality win.
“If you don’t want hard, if you don’t want tough, then this game’s not for you,” Adams said. “If you have high hopes of being in a championship game and winning a championship game and you don’t embrace hard and tough and physical and things that challenge you, you won’t be in that game. You have to fall in love with those things.”
Scoring against quality teams is a problem for WSU, even with a heavy reliance on point guard Jessica Diamond. The senior has led the team in scoring 10 times this season, and that has been with most of her shots coming when the offense breaks down and she has to create her own shot with the shot clock expiring.
The rest of the team has sometimes been nearly non-existent. In the last five losses, Diamond’s teammates have shot 52 of 176 (29.5 percent) and averaged 31.2 points.
“It’s a bad thing that all of our shots are within the last five seconds and have to be created like that,” Diamond said. “We have great enough shooters and scorers on our team where more people should be getting shots and we should be getting our teammates open.”
Besides Diamond, at 13.8 points, no one is averaging more than seven points. That must change, and Adams already knows who she will be looking to step up as Missouri Valley play commences.
“We’ve got to find ways to get Chynna Turner the ball and for Chynna to score,” Adams said. “She’s playing out of position right now. I’m fine with her at the three, but if everybody else is not doing their job then we can’t take advantage of Chynna being at the three. Everybody has to do their job and that hasn’t happened yet.”