Wichita State Shockers

Adams emphasizes 'team' for Wichita State

It's no secret what Jody Adams wants to see tonight at Koch Arena in the Wichita State women's basketball team's lone exhibition game.

With the season-opener approaching Saturday, the fourth-year coach talked exclusively about coming together as a team against Pittsburg State. Tip-off is for 7:05 p.m.

"I want to see team basketball," Adams said. "That's really the one thing we've really emphasized to them coming in. We want to see them play team defense, and the team offense on the other end."

Even though the Shockers return their most experienced team under Adams, there's only five available players that have played in a Missouri Valley conference game.

That leaves five first-year players to work their way into the mix, as well as Krystle Henderson and Kelsey Jacobs returning from season-ending injuries.

They will attempt to do that against Pittsburg State, which has already dropped exhibition games against Nebraska and Kansas by the combined scores of 154-98.

"We're treating it like a real game with real rotations," Adams said. "I believe playing time is earned. I think you'll see everybody get to play though, because they've all earned it."

Returning players Alicia Sanchez, Haleigh Lankster, Chynna Turner and Jazimen Gordon are expected to start along with Henderson. Adams will bring incumbent point guard Jessica Diamond off the bench.

"I'm fairly happy with where we're at as a team right now," Adams said. "But we've got to continue to come together as a team. Because when it gets down to conference season, it won't be one person getting that stop or one person scoring. It will be as a team."