Wichita State Shockers

WSU women take time out for seniors

When the Wichita State women's basketball team takes the floor this afternoon against Southern Illinois, there will be plenty of things to play for.

After tying the school record for home wins in a season on Friday, the Shockers will have a chance to set a record with win No. 13 at Koch Arena.

A win over the eighth-place Salukis would help WSU strengthen its hold on the No. 6 seed in the Missouri Valley Conference as it attempts to avoid a play-in game at the league tournament.

While those two things are important, they are not what the team will be playing for today, WSU coach Jody Adams said.

"These guys have done a lot of firsts, but we're not banking on that first on Sunday," Adams said. "Sunday is more about our seniors, more than anything."

Point guard Marisah Henderson will be the lone senior on the floor, as her classmate Ashley Gladden will watch from the bench after suffering a season-ending knee injury earlier this season.

"We'll take the floor and play for those guys and coach for those guys," Adams said. "They have put the program on their shoulders and put eight newcomers on their shoulders to make a difference here in a short, short amount of time."

Henderson has handled ball-handling duties the past two seasons and has been among the nation's leaders in assists both seasons. She said she isn't focusing on it being the final home game of her two-year career as a Shocker.

"I really haven't even thought about it that way, just yet," Henderson said Friday. "I just want to get a win. I'm not worried about it being my last game."

To set a school record in her last home game would just add to the overall experience.

"I'm more excited about it than anything, that we can do something special," Henderson said.