WSU women fall to LSU; KU, K-State win

11/12/2012 6:38 AM

11/12/2012 6:39 AM

Wichita State’s women’s basketball team was in position for an upset of LSU in their season opener Sunday in Baton Rouge, La., but the Tigers scored on their final five possessions to hold off the Shockers 72-70.

Jazimen Gordon’s basket with 3:34 to play gave WSU a 61-60 lead, but LSU went back ahead on a Jeanne Kenney layup a few seconds later. Adrienne Webb’s three-pointer on LSU’s next possession made it 65-61 and WSU never had the lead again.

“LSU started on their run, then we went on our run, but they had the momentum at the important time, and that was at the end of the game,” WSU coach Jody Adams told reporters.

Kelsey Jacobs’ jumper with 17:58 to play gave WSU a 41-39 lead, and it was a lead the Shockers held for the next 14 minutes. But keeping LSU off the offensive boards was a problem, and Theresa Plaisance’s offensive-rebound basket — one of her 12 offensive boards — gave LSU the lead with 3:54 to play.

The Shockers held the lead once more, but only for a few seconds. WSU committed 25 turnovers, 14 on LSU steals.

“The game was going to be a game of inches for us,” Adams said. “An inch being the details, and we’ve talked about (it) pretty much all year long.”

Michelle Price and Jessica Diamond came off the bench to lead WSU with 13 points each. Gordon had 12 and Harden 10 as WSU shot 48.1 percent to LSU’s 40 percent.

Bianca Lutley had 19 points and Webb 17 for LSU.

WSU plays at Arkansas State on Thursday, then has its home opener at 1:05 p.m. Sunday against Texas-San Antonio.

WICHITA ST. (0-1): Jacobs 2-3 1-2 5, Turner 3-3 0-0 8, Gordon 4-8 4-4 12, Jones 0-3 0-0 0, Harden 4-9 2-2 10, O’Brien 0-0 2-4 2, Diamond 6-13 0-0 13, Fountaine 3-7 0-0 7, Price 3-6 7-9 13. Totals 25-52 16-21 70.

LSU (1-0): Boykin 2-3 0-0 4, Plaisance 3-16 2-2 8, Lutley 6-10 7-8 19, Kenney 3-6 5-8 13, Webb 5-14 5-7 17, Youngblood 0-0 0-0 0, Pedersen 1-3 0-0 2, McKinney 0-0 0-0 0, Ballard 4-8 1-5 9. Totals 24-60 20-30 72.

Halftime—LSU 35, Wichita St. 34. Three-point shooting—Wichita St. 4-15 (Turner 2-2, Diamon 1-4, Fountaine 1-4, Jones 0-2, Harden 0-3), LSU 4-14 (Kenney 2-5, Webb 2-6, Ballard 0-1, Lutley 0-2). Rebounds—Wichita St. 33 (Harden 8), LSU 35 (Plaisance 15). Assists—Wichita St. 14 (Diamond 6), LSU 10 (Ballard, Lutley 3). Steals—Wichita St. 7 (Turner, Price 2), LSU 14 (Kenney 4). Blocks—Wichita St. 2 (Diamond, Gordon), LSU 0. Total fouls—Wichita St. 27, LSU 21. Fouled out—None. Technicals—None. A—2,509.

Kansas 52, Idaho State 36 — The host Jayhawks held Idaho State to 5-of-27 shooting in the first half, leading 23-11 at the break and cruising to a season-opening win.

Carolyn Davis and Monica Engelman had 10 points each to lead KU, which had six players score between six and 10 points. The Jayhawks shot 30.8 percent but outrebounded Idaho State 51-39.

KU went on a 16-4 run midway through the first half to take command. Idaho State, which didn’t score in the final 8:15 of the first half, managed the third-fewest points in a half against the Jayhawks. Idaho State’s 36 points were the fewest allowed by KU since 2004.

IDAHO ST. (0-2): Vella 3-10 3-4 10, Floyd 2-2 0-0 4, Oakes 1-11 3-4 5, Jenkins 0-7 0-0 0, Reed 3-9 0-1 6, Brady 1-2 0-0 2, Jeppesen 0-1 2-2 2, Schrimpsher 0-2 1-2 1, Horton 2-9 2-2 6, Maracigan 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 12-55 11-15 36.

KANSAS (1-0): Williams 1-8 1-2 3, Davis 4-7 2-2 10, Goodrich 3-8 0-0 7, Engelman 3-11 4-4 10, Knight 3-9 0-0 7, Boyd 1-5 1-2 3, Gardner 2-6 2-3 6, Harper 0-2 0-0 0, Jackson 3-9 0-0 6, Hawkins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-65 10-13 62.

Halftime—Kansas 23, Idaho St. 11. Three-point shooting—Idaho St. 1-12 (Vella 1-2, Maracigan 0-1, Schrimpsher 0-1, Reed 0-2, Jenkins 0-3, Oakes 0-3), Kansas 2-9 (Goodrich 1-2, Knight 1-3, Jackson 0-2, Boyd 0-2). Rebounds—Idaho St. 39 (Horton 10), Kansas 51 (Gardner 9). Assists—Idaho St. 4 (Oakes 2), Kansas 10 (Goodrich 3). Steals—Idaho St. 7 (Vella 2, Oakes 2), Kansas 8 (Knight 3). Blocks—Idaho St. (Vella 2), Kansas 3 (Boyd 2). Total fouls—Idaho St. 15, Kansas 15. Fouled out—None. Technicals—None. A—2,216.

Kansas State 89, Ark.-Pine Bluff 55 — The host Wildcats tied a school record in improving to 2-0. The team’s 35 three-point attempts, half the shots by the Cats, tied a five-year-old program record.

K-State hit 14 threes and nine of the 10 Wildcats who played attempted at least one three.

Brittany Chambers had 15 points and four assists to lead K-State, while Brianna Craig had 13 points and Ashia Woods, Haley Texada and Ashlynn Knoll had 10 each.

ARK.-PINE BLUFF (0-1): Thompson 1-4 5-6 7, Okwumbua 4-4 6-7 14, Gentry 4-6 4-5 12, Lasane 1-4 0-0 2, Cassidy 3-10 2-2 9, Mitchell 2-4 1-2 5, Wormley 0-0 0-0 0, Marsh 1-4 2-2 4, Victorian 0-4 1-2 1, Rollins 0-0 0-0 0, McRae 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 16-40 22-28 55.

KANSAS ST. (2-0): Caron 0-3 2-2 2, Chambers 5-14 2-2 15, Spresser 2-6 0-0 4, Craig 4-10 1-2 13, Woods 4-5 1-1 10, Texada 4-8 0-0 10, Brown 3-6 0-1 7, Knoll 4-9 1-2 10, Ellis 3-4 1-2 9, Malone 4-5 1-2 9. Totals 33-70 9-14 89.

Halftime—Kansas St. 47, UAPB 26. Three-point shooting—UAPB 1-11 (Cassidy 1-7, Mitchell 0-1, Victorian 0-1, Marsh 0-2), Kansas St. 14-35 (Craig 4-9, Chambers 3-9, Ellis 2-2, Texada 2-4, Knoll 1-1, Woods 1-2, Brown 1-3, Caron 0-2, Spresser 0-3). Rebounds—UAPB 30 (Okwumbua, Thompson 5), Kansas St. 37 (Knoll, Spresser, Chambers 5). Assists—UAPB 7 (Lasane 3), Kansas St. 22 (Craig, Chambers 4). Steals—UAPB 5 (Gentry, Lasane 2), Kansas St. 14 (Knoll, Woods 3). Blocks—UAPB 5 (Thompson 3), Kansas St. 3 (Woods 2). Total fouls—UAPB 15, Kansas St. 20. Fouled out—None. Technicals—None. A—2,914.

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