In less than three years, coach Jody Adams has changed the culture in the women's basketball program at Wichita State.
She and her staff have overhauled the roster, which has upgraded talent but left the Shockers with one player on a 12-woman roster with more than one season of Division I experience.
For a second straight season, WSU will be extremely young and require guidance on the court.
The Shockers play Central Oklahoma in an exhibition at 2:05 p.m. this afternoon at Koch Arena. WSU opens the regular season with Arizona at home on Friday.
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"Leadership is No. 1 for us," Adams said. "We haven't had that. It hasn't been a position that has matured in this program, as of yet."
The emerging candidate for that role did not play a game last season, but was with the program. Redshirt junior Alicia Sanchez was the one Adams constantly cited.
For Sanchez, the exhibition will be her first game action in more than a year.
"It's just a new opponent," Sanchez said. "We're just looking forward to playing against them and getting more experience."
Wichita State returns about three-fourths of its scoring and rebounding and three starters from last season's 18-win team.
Central Oklahoma finished 22-8 last year and played in the Division II national tournament. The Bronchos return 5-foot-11 senior Ashley Beckley, who was voted the preseason player of the year in the Lone Star Conference.
Beckley should provide a perfect tuneup for what Adams wants to see from the Shockers in their first game action.
"We've been focusing on our defensive rebounding, so I'd like to see this team play great defense and rebound," Adams said.