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Shocker report Shocker women’s report (March 16)

  • Published Saturday, March 16, 2013, at 8:09 p.m.

Saturday’s box score

WSU 75, N. Iowa 71, OT

NORTHERN IOWA (16-16): Kirschbaum 7-11 5-6 19, Kalin 8-15 6-6 26, Schonhardt 2-5 2-2 7, Brown 2-4 2-4 8, Keitel 0-3 0-0 0, Davison 2-4 0-0 4, McDowell 2-5 0-0 5, Donaldson 0-1 2-2 2, Morgan 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-48 17-20 71.

WICHITA STATE (23-9): Jones 3-8 0-2 7, Dapprich 3-8 2-2 9, Fountaine 2-9 0-0 4, Harden 10-14 8-13 28, Turner 3-8 2-2 8, Diamond 5-10 3-3 15, Jacobs 0-2 0-0 0, Price 2-2 0-3 4, Gordon 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-61 15-25 75.

Halftime — Northern Iowa 32-21. Three-point shooting — Northern Iowa 8-19 (Kalin 4-6, Brown 2-2, Schonhardt 1-3, McDowell 1-4, Kirschbaum 0-1, Keitel 0-1, Davison 0-2), Wichita St. 4-17 (Diamond 2-4, Jones 1-2, Dapprich 1-4, Turner 0-2, Fountaine 0-5). Rebounds — Northern Iowa 33 (Kirschbaum 10), Wichita St. 30 (Jones 6). Assists — Northern Iowa 13 (Kalin 6), Wichita St. 11 (Turner 4). Total fouls — Northern Iowa 20, Wichita State 18. A — NA.

Makeover complete

Jody Adams wasn’t about to take all the credit for Wichita State advancing to its second MVC Tournament finals in program history.

The fifth-year coached credited her coaching staff, administration and current and former players, but there’s no denying Adams’ fingerprints are all over WSU’s list of accomplishments this season.

Along with the program’s first piece of a conference title, Wichita State has set program-bests in total victories and conference wins.

“It means everything,” Adams said. “I came here five years ago and that’s what you’re brought in to do. I’ve never thought anything different but to turn this program into where it had winning tradition and tradition of being in that final game.”

WSU’s only previous appearance in the MVC title game was in 1997, a 78-59 loss to Drake.

Another big run

After using two large runs to swamp Drake in a quarterfinal victory, Wichita State once again relied on a run — 18-4 to start the second half to erase an 11-point halftime deficit — to win on Saturday.

Adams was not pleased the Shockers put themselves in the position to require a run of that magnitude, but did appreciate how they produced when they absolutely needed it.

“That’s what we talked about at halftime,” Adams said. “We wanted to come out in the second half and start the momentum with our defense. We would start that by trapping and getting deflections and getting to the rim.”

Wichita State forced three consecutive empty possessions in overtime to lift it to victory.

“Everybody was locked in,” Diamond said. “Everybody was focused and ready to go. It was a great feeling.”

Price is right

Senior Michelle Price has been a renewed player in St. Charles.

Price averaged 4.7 points during the regular season, but has shown aggression attacking the basket in the MVC Tournament.

In the quarterfinal win over Drake, Price took 10 shots and scored 10 points. Price made both of her shots against Northern Iowa and once again was a spark for WSU.

“I’m just playing for my team, for my staff and for the seniors,” Price said. “My roles are rebounding and being active and I know I need to do that to be successful.”

— Taylor Eldridge

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