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Shocker women dissect opponent in home win

Morgan Boyd wasn't even open.

The Olathe native had a Western Illinois defender close, though preoccupied with what appeared to be a play designed for Haleigh Lankster in the corner.

Instead, Wichita State senior Marisah Henderson zipped a pass down the middle of the lane to Boyd for a lay-in. The pass froze the five Leatherneck defenders and was instrumental in starting an early run for the Shockers' first win of the season, 70-45 on Friday night in Koch Arena.

"Since Marisah is a great passer, I knew to stay active and if I was open then she would see me," Boyd said.

Henderson is starting to redefine "being open," slipping in no-look passes, as well as identifying the open shooter in the halfcourt offense. Henderson, who was seventh in the nation in assists last season, finished with nine Friday.

Her explanation is simple: "I feel like my role is to run this team."

When Henderson is running is when Wichita State (1-1) is at its best.

After Western Illinois took an early 6-3 lead, Henderson dished out four assists over the next 12 minutes as the Shockers took control with a 25-6 run.

Western Illinois' endless screens on the perimeter failed to produce any dribble-drive penetration, thanks to a stingy Shocker defense.

"We had to have great ball pressure," Boyd said. "Not only that, but we had to have a lot of communication and stay active and aware of what was going on."

The on-ball pressure allowed Lankster to essentially play safety. The sophomore would read the ball handler and anticipate the pass for a steal. She finished with three chances for three-point plays as a result.

" (The pressure) allowed me to get in the passing lanes," said Lankster, who finished with four steals and a career-high 19 points. "Then I just go up and look at the rim and try to put it in."

WSU coach Jody Adams normally opens her post game statements with something her team can improve on. Not Friday.

"There were so many good things," Adams said. "We could probably stay here all night to talk about them."

Wichita State made more than half its shots, had four score in double digits and forced 27 turnovers.

WESTERN ILLINOIS (1-2): Lewis 6-10 0-1 12, Kodde 1-3 0-0 2, Lord 2-2 0-0 4, O'Brien 0-4 2-2 2, Borgertpoepping 0-4 0-0 0, Hartman 1-2 0-0 3, Barton 3-10 0-0 7, Jones 1-1 1-2 3, Newsom 1-2 0-0 2, Roberts 3-4 0-0 8, Salvatori 0-1 0-0 0, Rieger 1-4 0-1 2. Totals 19-47 3-6 45.

WICHITA STATE (1-1): Boyd 4-10 1-2 10, Gladden 0-6 0-0 0, Diamond 4-8 2-2 10, Lankster 8-14 2-4 19, Kemp 3-7 0-0 9, Henderson 1-1 1-2 4, Turner 4-4 2-4 10, Price 3-3 0-0 6, Gordon 1-1 0-1 2. Totals 28-54 8-15 70.

Halftime—Wichita State 35, Western Illinois 22. 3 pt. shooting—WIU 4-13 (Roberts 2-3, Hartman 1-2, Barton 1-4, Borgertpoepping 0-1, Newsom 0-1, Kodde 0-2; WSU 6-15 (Kemp 3-7, Henderson 1-1, Boyd 1-2, Lankster 1-3, Diamond 0-2). Rebounds—WIU 31 (Lord 7); WSU 31 (Diamond 7). Assists—WIU 13 (Borgertpoepping 6); WSU 16 (Henderson 9). Total fouls—WIU 19, WSU 11. A—1,609.

Kansas State 70, Washington State 63 — Ashley Sweat scored 33 points and grabbed a 11 rebounds to spark Kansas State to its first win of the season.

The Wildcats hit 46 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free-throw line.

Kari Kincaid add nine points and six assists for KSU.

WASHINGTON STATE: Madison 3-8 1-4 7, Tarnowski 2-4 0-0 5, Cook 7-16 0-2 16, Perkins 4-17 1-2 10, Moore 5-9 6-10 17, Grad 1-4 0-0 2, LeNoir 1-1 0-0 2, Pettersen 0-2 0-0 0, Noyes 2-7 0-0 4. Totals 25-38 8-18 63.

KANSAS STATE: Sweat 12-19 8-10 33, Childs 1-3 0-0 2, Karr 0-3 0-0 0, Spani 2-7 0-0 6, Kincaid 2-6 5-6 9, Chambers 1-4 4-4 7, White 4-5 1-3 9, Brown 1-3 2-2 4. Totals 23-50 20-25 70.

Halftime — Kansas State 35, Washington State 27. 3s — WS 5-27 (Cook 2-8, Tarnowski 1-1, Moore 1-4, Perkins 1-10, Grad 0-2, Pettersen 0-2); KS 4-13 (Spani 2-4, Sweat 1-1, Chambers 1-4, Kincaid 0-1, Karr 0-3). Rebounds — WS 40 (Madison 7); KS 37 (Sweat 11). Assists — WS: 12 (Moore 6), KS: 14 (Kincaid 6).

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