Wichita State Shockers

Henderson, Shockers stop Pine Bluff

Rarely will Wichita State senior Marisah Henderson walk on a basketball court with a size advantage over anyone.

At 5-foot-2, Henderson doesn't earn her team-leading 5.7 rebounds through box-outs or superior leaps. The senior point guard just has an aptitude for finding the ball with her hustle.

Henderson snatched a team-high 10 rebounds to compliment her seven points and eight assists in Wichita State's 68-56 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Tuesday night at Koch Arena.

"If it's a loose ball, then I'm going to try to go get it and score in transition," Henderson explained. "It's an easy basket for us if we can get going off a board."

Smooth transitions were scarce against Pine Bluff (1-9). Wichita State still has kinks to work out before Missouri Valley Conference play begins Thursday night, but coach Jody Adams can't complain about the 8-3 non-conference record.

"I think with our defensive philosophy and understanding how hard we have to play and to make things ugly, yeah, I'm happy with it," Adams said. "Our practice habits, no. Understanding game tempo, no. And that's why we get inconsistent play on the offensive end."

Wichita State shot 37.7 percent and turned the ball over 27 times, yet held at least a nine-point lead for the final 25 minutes.

After pushing the lead to 21 with 19 minutes left, sloppiness slowly took over. Not until Henderson and Turner swished back-to-back threes did WSU put its foot down.

"Obviously when somebody makes a run on you, you're doing something wrong," Adams said. "We were either putting them on the line or they were scoring in transition. Fouling is something I definitely don't teach and these guys know that."

But the Lions failed to capitalize, shooting 35.6 percent and making 12 of 24 free throws. Henderson was there on most misses.

"A lot of the time I just look for a gap," Henderson said, "but if it's a long shot, then usually it's going to come off the opposite side. I just try to read the ball in the air."

Adams was pleased with the post play of Chynna Turner and Jazimen Gordon. They combined for 27 points and 18 rebounds. Haleigh Lankster added 16 points.

Improvement is a must for everyone on WSU and even with a near triple-double, Henderson has work to clean up her nine turnovers.

"I just got to take my time more," she said. "Just settle down and maybe see what else is open. We just have to talk to each other more, but we'll get it right."

ARK.-PINE BLUFF (1-9): Walker 0-2 2-2 2, Holmes 5-11 3-5 13, Abrams 4-14 0-3 8, Hammond 4-10 3-3 12, Smith 1-1 0-0 2, Marsh 1-1 0-1 2, Slaton 2-11 1-4 5, Blanks 2-4 2-2 6, Jackson 0-0 0-0 0, Waddle 0-0 0-0 0, Okwumabua 0-0 0-0 0, Gentry 0-1 0-2 0. Totals 21-59 12-24 56.

WICHITA STATE (8-3): Boyd 1-7 1-2 4, Turner 6-12 3-3 17, Henderson 2-4 2-3 7, Johnson 4-8 1-2 9, Lankster 3-10 10-11 16, Gladden 0-2 0-0 0, Diamond 0-4 0-0 0, Kemp 2-6 0-0 5, Price 0-2 0-0 0, Gordon 5-6 0-0 10. Totals 23-61 17-21 68.

Halftime—Wichita St. 35, Ark.-Pine Bluff 19. Three-point shooting—Ark.-Pine Bluff 2-11 (Jackson 1-2, Hammond 1-3, Slaton 0-1, Blanks 0-1, Walker 0-2, Holmes 0-2), Wichita St. 5-15 (Turner 2-3, Boyd 1-2, Henderson 1-2, Kemp 1-4, Johnson 0-1, Diamond 0-1, Lankster 0-2). Rebounds—Ark.-Pine Bluff 35 (Abrams 7), Wichita St. 52 (Henderson, Gordon 10). Assists—Ark.-Pine Bluff 8 (three with 2), Wichita St. 15 (Henderson 8). A—1,482.