It was said when Michelle Price arrived at Wichita State she had an undeniably positive spirit.
That was put to the test last season when a blood clot formed in Price’s leg and the contusion forced her to take a medical redshirt.
Being unable to play basketball was difficult, but Price made it her goal to still impact games. She encouraged her teammates in practice, motivated them away from the court and became the inspiration on game day.
“That’s just who Michelle is,” coach Jody Adams said. “She lives in a world of joy day to day. She’s just one of those kids that is going to take it and make the best out of it and that’s what you appreciate as a coach.”
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Price is healthy again and her impact for Wichita State will be seen for the first time at home this season as the Shockers host Texas-San Antonio Sunday afternoon at Koch Arena.
When the Shockers struggled on the boards last season, Price struggled with her condition the most because she knew she could make a difference.
Through two games, Price has grabbed a total of nine rebounds and brought the energy and enthusiasm Adams wants to see from her bench.
“When she makes one of those Michelle-type plays, a charge or a grabbing a fifty-fifty ball, it just gets the whole team going,” sophomore Kelsey Jacobs said.
Other posts like Jacobs can learn from Price’s knack for grabbing loose balls.
“I’ve been told it comes naturally to me,” Price said. “It’s just timing and reading the ball on shots. If they shoot it from the left side then it’s probably going to go off right so that’s where I go.”
Wichita State returns home after splitting road games at Louisiana State, a 72-70 loss, and at Arkansas State, a 60-51 win.
“I thought we played 13 great minutes against Arkansas State and we’ll look to continue to build off that,” Adams said. “Our non-conference is going to teach us whether we win or lose.”