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Shocker basketball women ready for first test

  • Eagle correspondent
  • Published Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at 11:34 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, at 6:44 a.m.

Central Methodist at Wichita State women

What: Exhibition game

When: 2:05 p.m. Sunday

Where: Koch Arena

Radio: KNSS, 1330-AM

The Wichita State women’s basketball team will take the floor on Sunday for its first appearance since playing in the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in March.

Whether or not the departures of Jessica Diamond, Chynna Turner, and Jazimen Gordon spur drastic changes remains to be seen, but the Shockers will certainly have a different look when they play host to Central Methodist in the first of two exhibition games.

“I’m very curious to see how it’s going to look,” junior Alex Harden said. “I just want to know how we’re going to feel out together against another team. It’s different when we’re just playing each other.”

While the five returning players — Harden, Michaela Dapprich, Kelsey Jacobs, Michelle Price, and Allie Decker — have tweaked their games, they are the known commodities that coach Jody Adams will rely heavily upon this season.

How the seven newcomers perform on Sunday will be much more interesting.

“We’re further along with our teaching with this group,” Adams said. “I think their IQ is very good. It’s just now we need a lot of reps at the tempo, the pace with the physicality for the newcomers. We’ve got to learn how to play with consistency.”

Adams said two spots in the starting lineup remain open for WSU’s season-opener on Nov. 8 at home against Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne. Harden and junior college transfer Jamillah Bonner will share ballhandling duties, while Dapprich is expected to fill a frountcourt spot.

That leaves a spot for a spot-up shooter at guard and a low-post presence, likely to be decided between Jacobs and Price.

Shocker players said to expect a slightly different look on offense, featuring a bit more ball movement and penetration and kick-outs to a new cast of sharpshooters.

But that scouting report is based on what they’ve done against each other in practice. Now they’ll find out how they test against another team.

“It’s going to be longer than just 20 minutes running clock,” Jacobs said. “I think everyone is really excited, and maybe a little nervous too. But I’m excited to put it all together, then we’ll have good film to see what we need to work on.”

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