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Shocker women edge Bradley for 11th straight victory

  • Eagle staff
  • Published Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at 9:12 p.m.

The Wichita State women won their school-record 11th straight game, edging out Bradley 74-72 on Sunday in Peoria, Ill., behind a career-high 28 points from Wichita native Jamillah Bonner.

Bradley opened the game on a 9-2 run before WSU responded back with a 9-0 run capped by a three-pointer from Bonner to tie the game at 14-14.

Bonner pushed the Shockers’ big run to 17-2 with two more three-pointers and WSU led 43-30 at halftime. The Shockers forced 11 turnovers in the first half, scoring 18 points off Bradley mistakes.

In the second half, the Braves cut the Shockers’ lead to 56-50 with 11:59 left before Harden and Price ignited another WSU run behind back-to-back turnovers they converted into scores. Jaleesa Chapel capped an 8-0 run by WSU with a jumper for a 64-50 lead.

Bradley cut WSU’s lead to nine points with 41 seconds left. WSU ultimately scored 34 points off 23 Bradley turnovers and won the battle in the post, outscoring the Braves 32-20.

Bonner hit 9 of 12 shots, including 5 of 7 three-pointers. Michelle Price added a double-double for the Shockers, scoring 11 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.

Alex Harden added 15 points and seven rebounds for WSU, which improved to 12-2 overall and 3-0 in Missouri Valley Conference play.

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