It wouldn't be a postseason for Jody Adams without playing Creighton.
Entering her third Missouri Valley Conference Tournament as Wichita State women's basketball coach, Adams is set to face the Bluejays for the third straight year in the tournament.
The fifth-seeded Shockers will play Creighton, the fourth seed, at 2:35 p.m. today in St. Charles, Mo.
" (Creighton coach Jim Flannery) and his staff are one of the best programs in our league," Adams said. "We're going to have to do a lot to come up with a win."
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At least WSU has momentum, owners of a five-game winning streak that ensured the program's first winning conference record in over a decade. The winning streak is also the Shockers' longest in the Missouri Valley since 2003.
"We're clicking at the right time," junior Haleigh Lankster said. "There's no better time to do that than now. It would have been nice to start the conference like this, but it's better now than never."
Before this season, Creighton had owned Adams and the Shockers. The Bluejays won 11 straight games over WSU before the Shockers' 60-51 victory on Feb. 25.
WSU forced Creighton into 25 turnovers that game and while that might be a bit too lofty to hope to repeat, the Shockers know it will start on the defensive end.
"We're not looking at anybody else but ourselves going in," senior Morgan Boyd said. "We know Creighton is going to bring it. When it gets to tournament time, everybody brings it. So that means we're going to have bring an aggressive mentality that's allowed us to be successful here down the stretch."
In recent years, a surprise team has emerged to win the Missouri Valley. The last two seasons a fifth seed and a ninth seed have won the tournament. WSU is hoping to continue that trend.
"I've seen so many things happen in the Valley tournament," said Adams. "I think you have to favor (the one-seed) Northern Iowa because of their winning streak and because they're very balanced. But I really think anything can happen. That's why they call it March Madness."