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Wichita State women rout Southern Illinois

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at 9:47 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at 12:14 a.m.

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Wichita State led Southern Illinois by 31 points when the ball bounced free in the lane, available to the players willing to hustle.

Three Shockers dove on the floor. Chynna Turner snatched the ball and Jasmine Jones benefited with a layup to add two more points to the rout.

A meaningless play, but one that shows why the WSU women’s basketball team leads the Missouri Valley Conference race by one game with three to play. The Shockers blew past SIU 80-55 on Saturday at Koch Arena, sending six seniors off on the biggest road trip in program history.

Neither the emotion of senior farewells nor the anticipation of the three-game road trip knocked WSU off course. They handled a struggling opponent — SIU is 0-9 since coach Missy Tiber resigned in late January — with merciless precision.

“There is something special about this team that they continue to put distractions aside and keep their focus,” coach Jody Adams said. “They are still coachable and listening, and that’s huge. They’re giving the effort.”

All six seniors — Turner, Jones, Jessica Diamond, Darice Fountaine, Nicole Wells and Jazimen Gordon — spoke to the crowd after the game, carrying flowers and surrounded on the court by family and teammates. They talked about finishing the season with WSU’s first MVC title, turning the Shockers into winners and watching the crowds grow from hundreds to thousands.

“Our main thing is just locking into the gameplan,” Diamond said. “We knew what was going to happen after the game, so all of our mind-sets was to get the job done first.”

WSU (19-8, 13-2 MVC) executed smoothly in almost all situations. SIU (4-21, 1-13) couldn’t stop any of WSU’s offensive options. The Shockers made 32 of 58 shots (55.2 percent) and handed out 24 assists. They scored 44 points in the lane and the bench outscored SIU’s 39-10.

WSU sliced up SIU’s zone in the second half with sharp passing. They easily pushed the ball inside to open post players, or moved the ball around the arc to get open jumpers.

“We shared the ball,” Adams said. “We continued to find the open man.”

Fountaine led WSU with 17 points off the bench, making 4 of 8 three-pointers. Gordon and Alex Harden both added 10 points.

Cartaesha Macklin led SIU with 22 points on 9-of-19 shooting.

SIU’s 2-3 zone helped keep the game close in a late January meeting, won by a short-handed WSU 72-59.

“We tried to stick with what worked, and I knew they would play better here,” SIU coach Adrianne Harlow said. “They made a ton of threes and Darice was on fire. They were moving so much better than they were the first time around.”

The Shockers jumped to an 11-3 lead and rarely gave SIU reason for hope. When the Salukis cut the lead to 16-12, the Shockers responded with a 9-3 run. A three-pointer by Michaela Dapprich gave the Shockers a 34-18 lead and forced an SIU timeout.

WSU led 42-23 at halftime after scoring 22 points in the lane and 12 off nine SIU turnovers. The Shockers made 17 of 30 shots (56.7 percent) in the first half while holding the Salukis to 32.5-percent shooting (8 of 25).

Nothing changed in the second half, despite SIU’s attempts to press and run. WSU started the half with a 12-4 run, highlighted by a pretty high-low pass from Turner to Gordon for a 50-27 lead. Fountaine made two three-pointers, sandwiched around a layup by Wells, to push WSU’s lead to 66-36.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS (4-21, 1-13): Haynes 0-1 0-0 0, Courier 3-4 0-0 8, Pierre 3-8 1-1 7, Macklin 9-19 3-7 22, Napier 3-12 2-2 8, Griffin 0-1 1-4 1, Goins 0-1 0-0 0, Washington 3-8 3-4 9, Patterson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-54 (3-6) 10-18 55.

WICHITA ST. (19-8, 13-2): Turner 3-4, 1-2 7, Gordon 3-5 4-4 10, Jones 4-7 0-0 8, Diamond 3-8 0-0 6, Harden 5-9 0-0 10, Jacobs 2-2 0-0 4, Dapprich 2-3 0-0 5, Fountaine 5-11 3-5 17, Wells 2-3 0-0 4, Price 3-6 3-5 9. Totals 32-58 (5-12) 11-16 80.

Halftime — WSU 42, SIU 21. 3s — SIU 3-6 (Courier 2, Macklin), WSU 5-12 (Fountaine 4, Dapprich). Rebounds — SIU 32 (Macklin 8), WSU 34 (Harden 6). Assists — SIU 3 (Napier 2), WSU 24 (Harden 9). Fouls — SIU 16, WSU 16. A — 3,112.

Iowa State 69, Kansas State 50 — The Wildcats struggled through another poor shooting day and lost their third straight. K-State (13-14, 4-11 Big 12) made 31.5 percent of its shots, and went 5 for 27 (18.5 percent) in the first half.

IOWA STATE (19-6): Christofferson 4-10 3-3 12, Poppens 5-8 4-4 14, Prins 8-18 2-2 18, Moody 1-5 0-0 3, Williamson 3-8 0-0 9, Blaskowsky 4-6 0-2 11, Hagedorn 0-0 0-0 0, Arganbright 0-0 0-0 0, Ellis 0-0 0-0 0, Baier 1-2 0-0 2, Zimmerman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-57 9-11 69.

KANSAS STATE (13-14): Caron 2-4 1-1 5, Texeda 1-4 2-2 4, Chambres 6-16 3-4 18, Craig 2-5 1-2 6, White 6-10 2-2 17, Brown 0-4 0-0 0, Spresser 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 17-54 9-11 50.

Halftime — ISU 39-17. Three-pointers — ISU 8-19 (Blaskowsky 3-4, Williamson 3-8, Christofferson 1-3, Moody 1-3, Prins 0-1), KSU 7-28 (White 3-5, Chambers 3-9, Craig 1-4, CAron 0-1, Brown 0-2, Texeda 0-7). Rebounds — ISU 42 (Poppens 11), KSU 26 (Chambers, Craig 7). Assists — ISU 18 (Moody 9), KSU 11 (Chambers, White 4). Fouls — ISU 11, KSU 11. A — 4,525.

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