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Wichita State women dominate UNI 80-47

  • Eagle correspondent
  • Published Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at 9:24 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at 6:43 a.m.


Much was made about developing depth this season for the Wichita State women’s basketball team.

While Jody Adams will still desire continued growth from the bench, a typical coach response, it may not matter, at least in the Missouri Valley.

The Shockers’ core has been more than good enough this season, as they extended their winning streak to 12 games and improved to 13-2, both program bests, with an 80-47 victory over Northern Iowa at Koch Arena on Saturday evening.

“I believe when this team is six strong, you’ve got a great chance of being champions again this season,” Adams said. “And I think tonight you saw us six strong with a great bench.”

During this 12-game winning streak, Wichita State has won by an average of 19.8 points with its five returners — Alex Harden, Michelle Price, Kelsey Jacobs, Michaela Dapprich, and Alie Decker — along with junior-college transfer Jamillah Bonner accounting for much of the production.

It’s been those six players who have elevated the Shockers not to invincibility, as proven by last weekend’s 74-72 victory on the road at Bradley, but at the very least dominant.

On Saturday, UNI trimmed WSU’s double-digit lead to 29-27 just before halftime. The Panthers, which entered with a 3-1 record in the Valley, were starting to believe they could hang with the defending champs.

Then Decker canned a corner three, followed by a Harden three-pointer, and over the next seven minutes WSU bolstered its lead back up to 20 points.

“In years past, we would let a team make a run and get within a couple of points,” Price said. “This year we don’t let other teams do that. We finish them.”

Making this streak even more impressive is the fact that now Wichita State is a known commodity. Teams in the Valley know WSU is the team to beat, which typically adds to the energy of a team in search of an upset.

But the Shockers have turned team after team away, and UNI was no different. WSU clamped down, held the Panthers to no three-point makes in the second half and out-rebounded them 51-26.

Harden took over the game offensively, finally displaying the score-first mentality that Adams wants to see more often. The junior still was able to do her other work — nine rebounds, five assists, and four steals — on top of scoring a game-high 22 points on 13 shots.

Price was spectacular, scoring 16 points, grabbing seven offensive rebounds and completing the double-double with 12 total. Bonner and Decker each added 10 points, while Dapprich scored seven and Jacobs chipped in four.

Even with just 11 points from the others, WSU dominated.

So is this the best stretch WSU, now 4-0 in the Valley, has played under Adams?

“I can’t remember a time I’ve seen 20 minutes of basketball like that in the second half,” Adams said. “We put the dagger in and we kept the dagger in. So I’ll have to say yes to that.”

NORTHERN IOWA (7-9, 3-2): S. Davison 2-4 0-0 6, Schoenhardt 2-7 3-5 7, Brown 1-3 0-0 2, Donaldson 3-8 2-2 9, Keitel 1-6 2-2 4, Weekly 1-2 0-0 2, Dohnalek 0-5 4-5 4, Parker 0-0 0-0 0, Sorenson 1-5 0-0 2, A. Davison 0-0 2-2 2, Lonning 2-4 0-1 4, Ackerman 2-4 1-3 5, Smith 0-3 0-0 0, Pauley 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 15-53 14-20 47.

WICHITA ST. (13-2, 4-0): Bonner 4-12 1-4 10, Jacobs 0-3 4-6 4, Harden 9-13 3-3 22, Price 6-9 4-6 16, Mi. Dapprich 2-5 1-2 7, White 1-1 0-0 2, Agnello 0-0 0-0 0, Decker 4-7 0-0 10, Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Presotn 1-3 0-0 3, Chapel 1-4 0-0 2, Mo. Dapprich 1-2 2-2 4. Totals 29-59 15-23 80.

Halftime — WSU 35, UNI 27. Three-point shooting — UNI 3-17 (S. Davison 2-3, Donaldson 1-3, Schonhardt 0-1, Brown 0-1, Weekly 0-1, Smith 0-1, Pauley 0-2, Lonning 0-2, Sorenson 0-3), WSU 7-14 (Mi. Dapprich 2-3, Decker 2-3, Preston 1-1, Harden 1-3, Bonner 1-4). Rebounds — UNI 26 (Schonhardt 6), WSU 51 (Price 12). Assists — UNI 8 (Smith 3), WSU 13 (Harden 5). Fouls — UNI 20, WSU 18. A — 3,115.

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