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Shocker women triumph in battle for first place

  • Eagle staff
  • Published Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at 9:46 p.m.
  • Updated Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at 10:31 p.m.

The Wichita State women’s basketball team triumphed in a showdown between the Missouri Valley Conference’s final two unbeaten teams in league play, dispatching Indiana State 83-63 in Terre Haute, Ind., and gaining a vital foothold in the race for the league title.

Wichita Southeast and Butler Community College product Jamillah Bonner shined on the big stage for the Shockers, leading all scorer with 23 points and adding five assists.

The win improved WSU to 16-2 overall and 7-0 in MVC play. Indiana State dropped to 11-7, 6-1.

Bonner wasn’t the only Shocker who played big as MVC preseason player of the year and WSU leading scorer Alex Harden added 18 points and seven rebounds, while Alie Decker chipped in with 17 points. Decker, a freshman, hit 5 of 6 three-pointers.

Kelsey Jacobs added 11 points and seven rebounds for WSU.

The Shockers dominated from the outset, going into halftime with a 38-22 lead while hitting 6 of 9 three-pointers in the first half. Indiana State shot just 37.5 percent (9 of 24) in the first half and was outrebounded 36-24 for the game.

Racheal Mahan led three Sycamores in double figures with 14 points. Marina Laramie added 12 points while Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir chipped in with 10.

WSU, winners of 15 straight, now returns home to Koch Arena for a four games, kicking things off against Southern Illinois on Friday at 7 p.m.

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