In the hours after the Wichita State women’s basketball team went into Bramlage Coliseum and left with a 69-46 victory over Kansas State, the team’s Facebook page posted a video of the locker room celebration.
But this was not to celebrate arguably coach Jody Adams’ biggest regular-season victory. It was not to celebrate the first win over K-State since 1999.
“What we were celebrating was that we put 40 minutes together,” Adams said. “K-State ... whoever, we put 40 minutes of great basketball together and as a coach, as a team, as a staff, that’s what we were celebrating.”
After the first letdown of the season — an overtime loss at home to Saint Joseph’s — the Shockers responded with one of their finest performances under Adams. WSU will look to continue that on Saturday afternoon when it hosts Southeast Missouri State.
Despite it being her first win over a major conference opponent, Adams shied away from claiming it as a milestone for the program.
“I feel like it’s being blown out of proportion,” Adams said. “We expect every time we suit up to win, no matter who we play. It just so happened that we beat a high-major program, but it’s really no different than anybody else. We suit up to win.”
Apparently nothing surprised Adams coming away from the victory, even senior Michelle Price’s career-high 25 points on 11-of-16 shooting. Her previous best was 16 points.
“We don’t have the same team anymore,” Adams pointed out. “Last year, we had people looking to score and Michelle didn’t have to. She’s always had that ability to score around the rim, it’s just her role has changed. She averaged over 20 points a game in high school.”
Price won’t have to keep up that pace against Southeast Missouri State, but the team and Adams is looking forward to continuing its momentum.
Not from beating K-State, but from piecing together quality rounds of basketball.
“We have to keep putting it all together,” Adams said. “We need another 40 minutes of great basketball.”