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Shocker shirts in demand after Sunday win over KU

Customers pick over new Wichita State shirts at Tad’s Locker Room in east Wichita on Monday morning. (March 23, 2015)
Customers pick over new Wichita State shirts at Tad’s Locker Room in east Wichita on Monday morning. (March 23, 2015) Eagle correspondent

On Sunday, Kendra Quigley watched her Wichita State Shockers finally, decisively beat the University of Kansas to advance to the next round of the NCAA Tournament.

Monday morning, she couldn’t wait to buy a T-shirt to commemorate the big event.

“We don’t ever get to play KU. We don’t get that chance. So go, Shocks!” said Quigley, a 1994 graduate of Wichita State University.

“When it gets holey, I’m going to frame it.”

T-shirts advertising the Shockers’ 78-65 victory over the Jayhawks were popular items in Wichita on Monday. Quigley stood with about 50 people outside Tad’s Locker Room at 21st and Webb Road, waiting for the store to open so she could buy WSU merchandise.

By far the most popular item was a bright yellow T-shirt that said “King of the Sunflower State,” with the game score and a fierce WuShock. Other items included Sweet Sixteen shirts in black, gold and gray.

Outside the Dillons store at Central and Rock Road, a trailer emblazoned with “Play Angry” offered five styles of shirts, including ones that said, “We Own This State,” “Shocked the Chalk” and “Statement Made.”

Dillons spokeswoman Sheila Lowrie said the company’s Kansas City-based supplier started printing shirts during the last few minutes of Sunday’s game.

By morning, a trailer with 7,500 shirts was on its way to Dillons stores in Wichita, El Dorado, Augusta, Andover and Hutchinson, Lowrie said. Short-sleeved T-shirts were $12.99 and long-sleeved ones $16.99.

“Our team has been working diligently this morning to get the shirts out,” she said. “We know they’re in demand.”

Ledetra Jones bought three shirts, including one for her sister in Virginia. She watched part of Sunday’s game, she said, but then had a commitment at church and learned of the long-awaited victory from her son’s tweet.

“So I’m in church, and I’m like ‘Yeah! Shockers!’” Jones said. “It’s fabulous. It’s beyond fabulous.”

Several fans buying merchandise Monday said they didn’t plan to wear their new shirts during WSU’s upcoming game against Notre Dame, though. Quigley said she would wear the same outfit she wore when the Shockers beat Indiana on Friday and KU on Sunday.

“I am very superstitious,” she said.

Reach Suzanne Perez Tobias at 316-268-6567 or stobias@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @suzannetobias.

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