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Wichita State women beat K-State 69-46

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at 11:22 p.m.

— The Wichita State women’s basketball team put an emphatic end to its losing streak on Wednesday.

Behind a career effort from Michelle Price, the Shockers pounded Kansas State 69-46 at Bramlage Coliseum. Price scored a game-high 25 points, Alex Harden added 15 more and Wichita State put together its most impressive game of the season.

“I’m really proud of our team,” Wichita State coach Jody Adams said. “We have taken a couple losses here lately, one at Oklahoma and one at home to St. Joseph’s, two good ranked teams … It was nice to see us put together a complete ballgame and see this club do what they do best.”

Clearly, what Wichita State does best is rebound, score in the paint and convert layups in transition.

It outrebounded the Wildcats 40-25, outscored the Wildcats 44-24 in the paint and totaled a whopping 30 points off turnovers.

It was obvious early on that Wichita State was going to dominate those categories. The Shockers scored the game’s first 10 points, raced to a 20-5 lead and held a 37-19 halftime advantage.

Price, a senior forward, led the way. Her 25 points shattered her previous career high of 16 points. She also grabbed eight rebounds while making 11 of 16 shots.

“It felt great,” Price said. “I honestly didn’t know I had that many points. I just stayed focused on the gameplan and kept rebounding for my teammates. I tried to get to the basket and see the floor. That’s what I did.”

Added Adams: “Michelle has a gift. I tell her she has the quickest hands I’ve ever seen. She gets off the floor really quick too. She is constantly on the run. If you don’t know how to guard that and you don’t match that tempo you can’t guard her.”

With the victory, Wichita State (2-2) will head into its next game against Southeast Missouri State on Saturday at Koch Arena with a shot of momentum.

K-State (2-2) has lost two in a row after starting the season with victories over Tennessee State and Charlotte. Though this loss was an improvement from an 84-39 setback against Texas-El Paso, Wildcats coach Deb Patterson took few positives away from the game.

“From our point of view we are still just a little too tentative and a step or two behind our opponent defensively,” Patterson said. “I think you saw that in our last two games and against Wichita State. We are in response mode.”

For Adams, the win felt like a memorable moment. It was Wichita State’s eighth victory over K-State in 49 meetings and the first for Adams. The Shockers won’t play another team from a power conference this season. So it was important they take advantage of the opportunity against the Wildcats.

“This is a first for us, beating a high-major program such as K-State,” Adams said. “It has taken a long time and many years. It’s having the right players like Michelle Price on our team and creating an environment that is best for our student athletes. I’m very happy for our student athletes, because they have worked very hard.”

Wichita State (2-2): Jacobs 2-5 1-3 5, Price 11-16 3-9 25, Dapprich 1-3 0-0 2, Bonner 3-10 3-3 10, Harden 6-11 3-4 15, Agnello 1-2 0-0 2, Decker 4-5 0-0 10, Preston 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-52 10-19 69.

Kansas State (2-2): Leick 3-10 1-2 7, Lewis 0-2 0-0 0, Texada 2-6 0-0 6, Romero 4-10 2-2 10, Thomson 1-1 0-0 3, Sheble 3-4 0-2 6, Young 0-6 0-0 0, Caron 3-5 0-0 6, Brown 0-0 0-0 0, Craig 2-7 3-4 8, Wesemann 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-52 6-10 46.

Halftime — Wichita State 37, Kansas State 19. 3s — WSU 3-6 (Decker 2-3, Bonner 1-1, Dapprich 0-1), KSU 4-14 (Texada 2-4, Thomson 1-1, Craig 1-6, Leick 0-1, Caron 0-1, Wesemann 0-1). Rebounds — WSU 40 (Jacobs 9), KSU 25 (Leick 5). Assists — WSU 14 (Harden 6), KSU 10 (Romero 6). Fouls — WSU 16, KSU 19. A —3,914.

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