Wichita State women's basketball coach Jody Adams wasn't about to bail her team out with a timeout.
Adams had already tried that, attempting to stymie runs with momentum-saving breaks in the action. This time, in the second half of Wichita State's afternoon clash with South Dakota on Sunday, Adams decided to let her players figure things out on the go.
"It becomes more of a thought process," Adams said of calling timeouts, "I don't want them to rely on me to figure things out. This team needs to rely on each other."
In the end, WSU survived for a 65-60 victory at Koch Arena after the Shockers led by as much as 17 points in the second half.
South Dakota slowly drained Wichita State's lead, drawing within one possession three times in the final minute. The Shockers' response the final four minutes _ 15 of 20 from the free throw line _ was enough to finish off the victory.
Wichita State extended its win streak to three games, but has been unimpressive the last two victories.
"We have to grow up," Marisah Henderson said. "All the time, Jody might not have a timeout or be able to draw up a play for us. We're going to have to be able to think and know what to do."
Freshman guard Jessica Diamond finished with a game-high 17 points and led the scored half of the Shockers' point in the first half on the way to a 30-17 lead at the break.
"I came off a lot of on-ball screens," Diamond said. "We have really good posts that set really good screens that allows me to get open. My shot was just falling."
Defense once again became a problem, which is troubling to Adams. Taking away the middle penetration from South Dakota was the plan, yet it was through drives and kick-outs that the Coyotes got back in the game.
South Dakota cut the lead to one with under a minute remaining, but WSU found just enough offense to survive when Henderson found Morgan Boyd for a layup to push the lead to three.
Haleigh Lankster grabbed a key offensive rebound and made two free throws to secure the win.
"Chynna (Turner) did a great job of calling high (on the rebound) and I just timed it real good and I went low," Lankster said. "I saw nobody was there and I just wanted to get up and get it."
SOUTH DAKOTA (1-2): Hegge 5-13 3-6 15, Iverson 0-2 0-0 0, Mosley 3-4 2-4 8, Kinder 2-8 3-4 9, Case 0-0 2-2 2, Roche 3-8 4-8 10, Mehr 3-6 0-0 8, Hiebert 3-6 2-3 8, January 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-48 16-27 60.
WICHITA STATE (3-1): Gladden 0-2 2-2 2, Lankster 3-9 4-4 12, Gordon 1-1 2-2 4, Henderson 0-4 1-2 1, Johnson 2-5 7-12 11, Boyd 4-12 2-2 10, Diamond 6-10 4-5 17, Kemp 0-1 0-0 0, Turner 3-4 2-3 8, Price 0-2 0-2 0. Totals 19-50 24-34 65.
Halftime—Wichita St. 30, South Dakota 17. 3 pt. shooting—USD 6-19 (Hegge 2-4, Kinder 2-4, Mehr 2-5, Iverson 0-1, January 0-1, Roche 0-4); WSU 3-13 (Lankster 2-4, Diamond 1-2, Kemp 0-1, Boyd 0-4). Rebounds—USD 35 (Hiebert 10); WSU 36 (Johnson 6). Assists—USD 10 (Hegge 4); WSU 13 (Henderson 7). Total fouls—USD 25, WSU 23. A—1,289.