Wichita State Shockers

Wichita State women pick up tempo for victory

Jody Adams made sure to make her Wichita State women's basketball team aware of their failure to set the tempo in a loss to Northern Iowa two days before Sunday's match-up against Bradley.

"They watched the film," Adams said. "They saw their tempo on defense and offense. When it's black-and-white and it's right in front of you, it's probably pretty embarrassing to them. That's when you see the switch flip and you get in fight mode."

The Shockers avoided further embarrassment by establishing the pace of the game in a 81-74 victory over Bradley at Koch Arena.

The win improves WSU to 5-6 in the Missouri Valley and moves it into a tie for sixth place with Drake. It also marked the first time this season WSU has won when the opponent has scored more than 60 points.

"I thought we shared the ball very well," WSU's Alicia Sanchez said. "We played really well as a team and we got each other the ball when we were open."

It was the Shockers' best offensive game in conference, this following a disappointing performance against UNI. WSU finished shooting 55.6 percent (30 of 54) and made seven three-pointers.

"I thought we were in rhythm," Adams said. "When we set the tone and tempo offensively, it really puts us in rhythm. When we do that, we get great shots and our shooters get in rhythm."

Wichita State had more balance than Bradley, which was carried by MacKenzie Westcott's 24 points. The Shockers had five in double-figures with Morgan Boyd finishing with 19 points, her second highest point total this season.

This season Boyd has found her sweet spot straight-on from the basket, behind the three-point line. Boyd made four threes agains the Braves— all from that spot.

"I think with our offense and all the movement going on, we have so many people going in different directions," Boyd said. "It's hard to keep up. When I get the ball in rhythm, I just knock it down."

There was no question WSU outplayed Bradley, but Shocker fouls kept the Braves in the game.

WSU was whistled for 23 fouls, resulting in 36 Bradley free throws.

"What I was told tonight (by the referees) was that we have to continue to go through contact and not fade away," Adams said.

Wichita State led 71-62 with 4:44 remaining, but an 8-0 Bradley run challenged the Shockers' mettle. WSU ended the game on a 10-4 run, with a Chynna Turner jumper sealing the win with 31 seconds left.

"In practice, we practice on penetration and following the penetrator," Turner said. "I saw Bree (Dawkins) penetrate and I just followed her and I made the shot that I shoot every day in practice."

BRADLEY (11-11, 4-7): Westcott 5-12 12-15 24, Taylor 3-10 7-9 13, Muegge 2-4 3-3 9, Yohn 3-15 4-5 11, Hollingshed 2-3 1-2 5, Budd 0-2 0-0 0, Kassing 2-3 0-0 4, Bisping 0-0 0-0 0, Niemiera 0-0 0-0 0, Frings 0-0 0-0 0, Spinas-Valainis 3-5 2-2 8. Totals 20-54 29-36 74.

WICHITA STATE (11-11, 5-6): Turner 5-8 0-0 10, Price 0-0 1-2 1, Diamond 5-10 4-6 14, Lankster 5-9 3-4 15, Dawkins 2-3 2-2 6, Boyd 6-11 3-4 19, Sanchez 2-4 0-0 5, Robben 0-4 0-0 0, Gordon 5-5 1-2 11. Totals 30-54 14-20 81.

Halftime—Wichita State 39, Bradley 30. Three-point shooting—BU 5-16 (Muegge 2-2, Westcott 2-4, Yohn 1-8, Taylor 0-2); WSU 7-15 (Boyd 4-6, Lankster 2-4, Sanchez 1-1, Turner 0-1, Diamond 0-1,Robben 0-2). Rebounds—BU 34 (Taylor, Yohn 8); WSU 29 (Gordon 7). Assists—BU 12 (Taylor 4); WSU 17 (Diamond 8). Fouls—BU 17, WSU 23. A—1,458.