As a growing team, the Wichita State women's basketball team reached a peak in its maturation process on Thursday night with its victory over Indiana State.
The Shockers erased a 20-point deficit and overcame adversity, previously untested.
But entering this afternoon's matchup with Illinois State at Koch Arena, coach Jody Adams thinks WSU learned as much in last week's pair of losses on the road as they did in the come-from-behind victory.
"Losses have taught us a lot as a young team, too," Adams said. "What I learn from this is they're so mature about their wins and they're so mature about their losses.
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"It does a lot for them... their confidence, their mentality."
WSU (11-5, 3-2 MVC) has an opportunity to establish itself at the top of the Valley with a win over the Redbirds (9-5, 2-1).
"I think every game is important," senior point guard Marisah Henderson said. "Not just that one or last week's. We just got to keep working."
The Shockers improved to 9-1 at home this season, an important stat for Adams. Protecting home court is the first step in becoming a contender.
While Wichita State is still trying to figure things out on the road, staying tough at home will keep it competitive.
"They have to make the changes," Adams said. "They have be the disciplined ones. They have to stay focused. They have to figure out how to really expose this talent. When they figure it all out, there will be a lot of excitement."