The Wichita State womens basketball team will take the floor on Sunday for its first appearance since playing in the programs 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.
Im very curious to see how its going to look, junior Alex Harden said. I just want to know how were going to feel out together against another team. Its different when were 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.
Were further along with our teaching with this group, Adams said. I think their IQ is very good. Its just now we need a lot of reps at the tempo, the pace with the physicality for the newcomers. Weve got to learn how to play with consistency.
Adams said two spots in the starting lineup remain open for WSUs 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 theyve done against each other in practice. Now theyll find out how they test against another team.
Its 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 Im excited to put it all together, then well have good film to see what we need to work on.