Wichita State Shockers

Shockers face Pine Bluff in final tuneup for MVC

Eighteen days have passed since the Wichita State women's basketball team has played inside Koch Arena.

Wedged in the middle was a trip to the Bahamas, where the Shockers left with a win and a loss.

But coach Jody Adams has deemed the holiday break a critical time to the development of a team that's long on youth.

"It's an extremely important time," Adams said. "It's important for individuals to improve certain things that we've pointed out."

The Shockers' final tuneup before Missouri Valley play is tonight against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The Lions (1-8) have yet to play at home this season.

With a win, Wichita State would complete its non-conference slate with an 8-3 record for the second time under Adams.

Growth is still a must for the Shockers, though.

"I think some of (the players' roles) have grown," Adams said. "Their roles have gotten bigger and some of them need to improve. It's important these guys put in the extra work when we don't have class. It's all about this team growing and getting better."

Areas of concern for Adams have been the team's paltry shooting percentage and the lack of entry passes into the post.

WSU's 37.9 shooting percentage ranks seventh in the Valley, and its average of 61 points ranks eighth.

The four post players have combined for 21 percent of shots taken and about a quarter of the offense.

To Adams, it's about finding an extension on the floor that acts like a coach. So far this season, no one has stepped forward.

"There's not that one person who dominates that leadership on the floor and gives the team feedback that will secure confidence," Adams said. "Telling them what they should be doing and what time they should be doing it.

"But that's part of being a young team."