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Wichita State women chase history at Northern Iowa

  • Eagle staff
  • Published Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at 10:06 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at 6:45 a.m.

The Wichita State women’s basketball team goes for its 21st consecutive victory at 2 p.m. Sunday against Northern Iowa at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

WSU (21-2, 12-0 MVC) made some history on Friday night and can make some more Sunday. The Shockers’ 70-61 win over Drake tied sixth-year coach Jody Adams with Linda Hargrove atop the Shockers’ all-time wins chart with 113 and Adams, now 113-73 at WSU, can take sole possession of first place with a win over the Panthers.

UNI (12-11, 8-4) provided little resistance in their first meeting with the Shockers, an 80-47 WSU win on Jan. 18 in Wichita. The Shockers forced the Panthers into a horrid night offensively in that game as UNI shot 28 percent from the field (15 of 53) and 17 percent on three-pointers (3 of 17).

The Panthers are coming off a 79-60 home win over Missouri State on Friday night and are led in scoring by Jen Keitel (11.7 points) and Stephanie Davison (10.9), who scored 21 points against the Bears on 9-of-13 shooting.

WSU junior forward Alex Harden has lived up to her preseason billing as MVC Player of the Year thus far — she leads the Shockers with 16.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists — and led the team with 22 points, seven rebounds and eight assists against Drake.

Another big win could also move the Shockers up in the polls — they’re currently sitting at No. 24 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll and are on the verge of breaking into the Associated Press Top 25.

The game can be heard on the radio at KFH 98.7-FM and 1240-AM.

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