Wichita State Shockers

Wichita State rolls to big win at home

Freshman Shannika Bryant scored 10 points for the Wichita State women's basketball team in the Shockers' 95-56 win over Texas-Pan American Sunday. It was two points more than Bryant had scored in the previous eight games combined.

It probably wasn't a coincidence that Bryant's scoring started shortly after fellow forward Michelle Price scored eight straight points during an 18-0 WSU run in the first half. WSU coach Jody Adams said Price, who matched her season-high with 11 points, can set an example when she's playing with energy.

"She can play like that every day, and when she does she's an impact player for this program," Adams said of Price. "She's an impact player and a leader as far as the younger ones watching. They see her activeness and the production off her activeness. It makes Shannika understand why she has to be active, why she has to be long. That will continue to teach our younger ones how we play."

The Shockers (6-4) led 23-13 before the run started with two free throws by Morgan Boyd. After an Alicia Sanchez basket, Price scored on four straight possessions spanning one minute, 50 seconds. She consistently beat her defender to the block and used her bulk to create open shots.

Price helped continue the run by throwing an outlet pass to Alicia Sanchez, who drove for a basket. It ended Price's personal scoring surge but highlighted her versatility.

"My craft, as we call it — getting rebounds, making shots," Price said. "My teammates know, they trust me to do my craft and I trust them to do theirs. They look for me and I look for them."

Price took advantage of UTPA's overmatched defense, but her eight straight points was far from the first time WSU exploited the Broncs.

The Shockers converted two three-point plays in the first 17 seconds and spent the rest of the game successfully driving to the basket or finding post players for layups. UTPA (7-7) was slow to provide double-team help in the post and WSU players such as Price, Bryant and Jazimen Gordon got shots up quickly.

A UTPA zone defense also allowed the Shockers perimeter shots, but Adams said she discouraged them because WSU was having so much success in the paint.

"It started with other players getting us open or getting us a good screen," Boyd said. "Making that pass available to us in the post and us being able to finish. It all started with our guards for us being able to get open."

Boyd's ability to score from the perimeter or the post was enhanced against the Broncs. A guard in two years of junior college, Adams converted her to forward and Boyd displayed a new mentality by frequently posting up smaller UTPA forwards. But Boyd also made three of five three pointers.

"I think working with our post players, you're going to learn quickly how to fend for yourself," Adams said. "She does a nice job posting and demanding the ball. She's a very aggressive communicator, which we love. We need that."

Six Shockers scored in double figures, led by Boyd's 18 points. All that kept WSU from 100 points were 12 turnovers in the first half and a 6 for 18 shooting start in the second. The Shockers' total was their highest since a 99-97 overtime loss to Evansville in December 2006.

WSU's team defense also meant the contributions of UTPA guards Ce'Monay Newell and Bianca Torre were meaningless. The two combined for 34 points but missed 21 shots, including 14 three-pointers.

TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN: Opara 1-2 0-0 2, D. Jackson 0-2 0-0 0, Newell 5-17 0-2 13, Torre 6-15 6-8 21, Lewis 1-4 0-0 2, Watson 1-1 0-0 2, Garner 2-4 2-4 6, R. Jackson 2-8 0-0 5, Erlingsdottir 1-2 1-2 4, Gordon 0-1 0-0 0, Absher 0-1 0-1 0. Totals 19-57 9-17 55.

WICHITA STATE: Turner 1-5 2-4 4, Gordon 2-3 2-2 6, Robben 4-8 1-1 10, Lankster 6-8 2-2 15, Dawkins 3-7 3-5 9, Boyd 7-9 3-3 20, Sanchez 5-9 0-0 10, Diamond 0-3 0-0 0, Jacobs 0-0 0-0 0, Bryant 4-5 2-2 10, Price 5-7 1-4 11. Halftime — WSU 49, UTPA 25. Three-point shooting — UTPA 8-23 (Torre 3-7, Newell 3-13, Erlingsdottir 1-1, R. Jackson 1-2); WSU 5-14 (Boyd 3-5, Lankster 1-2, Robben 1-5, Dawkins 0-1, Sanchez 0-1). Rebounds — UTPA 33 (Lewis 6); WSU 43 (Sanchez 7). Total fouls — UTPA 19, WSU 16. Assists — UTPA 11 (Lewis 5); WSU 24 (Robben 6).

Kansas 91, SIU-Edwardsville 52 — Kansas sophomore Monica Engelman scored a game-high 20 points in 25 minutes, while freshman Tania Jackson posted her first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Kansas (10-1) improved to 8-0 at home.

SIU-EDWARDSVILLE: Berry 0-5 0-0 0, Duncan 3-13 0-0 7, Stahlberg 3-9 1-2 1 7, Meade 1-1 0-0 3, Hill 8-17 1-2 19, Finnin 4-10 0-0 9, Kenner 1-4 0-0 3, Herrod 2-6 0-0 4, Decker 0-1 0-1 0, Champlin 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-67 2-5 52.

KANSAS: Sutherland 4-6 0-0 8, Davis 6-6 2-5 14, Mays 3-3 4-5 10, Engelman 9-12 0-0 20, Goodrich 1-5 0-0 2, Jeiniker 0-2 1-2 1, Boogaard 1-4 3-5 5, Moore 3-4 2-2 8, Brown 3-6 2-2 8, Jackson 5-8 0-0 11, Harper 1-1 2-2 4. Totals 3-57 16-23 91.

Halftime — KU 48, SIU-E 52. 3s — SIU-E 6-18 (Hill 2, Meade, Duncan, Finnin, Kenner), KU 3-7 (Engelman 2, Jackson). Rebounds — SIU-E 29 (Stahlberg 10), KU 44 (Jackson 10). Assists — SIU-E 9 (Stahlberg 3), KU 20 (Goodrich 6). Fouls — SIU-E 18 , KU 10. A — 2,369.

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