Wichita State Shockers

Shocker women win after furious rally

Certain things are considered the basic principles on which the Wichita State women's basketball program under Jody Adams is founded.

And rule No. 1 is don't get too high with the highs and don't get too low with the lows.

But even Adams found it hard not to swell up with a little bit of pride after Wichita State erased a 20-point deficit in the second half on the way to a 65-61 victory over Indiana State on Thursday night in Koch Arena.

By the time Adams made her post-game comments, however, normalcy had returned.

"We will enjoy this victory, but we have to learn from it," Adams said. "You can't just turn it on and turn it off. You've got to turn it on from the tip. I don't want them to think they can do that every time."

There was no foreshadowing the run. Against a packed-in Indiana State zone, the Shockers shot 12 of 35 (34 percent) the first 25 minutes and trailed 52-32.

"Jody has been talking to us about staying together when the tough times hit," senior Marisah Henderson said. "That was really a focal point for us, when things aren't going the way we want to stay together. Then we just were on a roll."

Wichita State made it a game with its perimeter shooting during an 18-7 run to close to within 59-50 with 5:43 remaining.

But it was only when the Shockers switched to an extended 3-2 zone defense that they made the game theirs.

"I like how big our zone is," Adams said. "I like how active we are and how well we anticipate out of it."

Indiana State committed three turnovers over the next two minutes, and didn't score on its final 11 possessions in the last five minutes of the game.

Two free throws by Haleigh Lankster cut the Sycamores' lead to 61-60 with 3:03 left.

"The top part of the zone applied a lot of pressure and that frustrated their passers," said Lankster, who finished with four steals. "The bottom side did a great job of reading their passes."

Freshman Jessica Diamond's jumper gave WSU a 62-61 lead, its first since the opening minutes.

"Yeah, that's part of my role," said Diamond, who finished with 16 points. "That's what is expected of me."

The win keeps the Shockers in the top-half of the Missouri Valley Conference at 3-2, but also marks a key point in this young team's development.

"It was hard and very frustrating, but we couldn't let that get to us (in the first half)," Lankster said. "This is the first time we have really fought through adversity. That's something Jody always challenges us with."

INDIANA STATE (9-5, 0-4): Mattox 5-7 3-3 13, Cooley 0-2 7-8 7, Thomas 5-6 1-2 11, Whitley 4-8 5-7 13, Luna 1-13 2-2 5, Schoen 3-7 0-0 9, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Hodge 1-2 0-0 2, Rivest 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 19-46 19-24 61.

WICHITA STATE (11-5, 3-2): Boyd 1-7 1-2 3, Turner 3-6 3-4 9, Henderson 2-6 1-2 5, Johnson 1-5 0-0 2, Lankster 5-10 4-4 17, Gladden 0-0 0-1 0, Diamond 6-9 1-2 16, Kemp 1-5 0-0 3, Price 2-2 1-3 5, Gordon 2-3 1-2 5. Totals 23-53 12-20 65.

Halftime—Indiana St. 36, Wichita St. 25. 3 pt. shooting—Indiana St. 4-19 (Schoen 3-7, Luna 1-10, Mattox 0-1, Cooley 0-1); Wichita St. 7-19 (Diamond 3-3, Lankster 3-6, Kemp 1-4, Turner 0-1, Henderson 0-1, Boyd 0-4). Rebounds—Indiana St. 30 (Whitley 7); Wichita St. 33 (Lankster 6). Assists—Indiana St. 11 (Luna 4); Wichita St. 14 (Henderson 4). A—1,402.