Wichita State Shockers

Lockhart’s last-second sprint puts WSU women past Cameron

Diamond Lockhart
Diamond Lockhart The Wichita Eagle

A 67-65 victory over Division II Cameron on Sunday afternoon meant nothing in the standings and everything in ways that might be quantified as the Wichita State women’s basketball season progresses.

A game in which neither team led by more than five points might help the Shockers in a similarly close game after the season begins next Sunday at home against Creighton.

A last-second, length-of-the-court layup by Diamond Lockhart, following an outlet pass by Rangie Bessard, could give WSU confidence in late-game situations. And any win is important following a season in which the Shockers captured only eight of them.

“Every game counts,” Bessard said. “I look at every team as an opponent, and every team is going to give us their best shot.”

WSU had the ball and a three-point lead with 45 seconds to go but, true to the back-and-forth first 39-plus minutes, couldn’t put Cameron away. Tamara Lee missed two free throws with 22 seconds to play after Cameron cut the deficit to 65-64.

Cameron’s Savanna James was fouled on a layup attempt and made her first free throw to tie it with 7.2 seconds remaining. Her next shot bounced off and was rebounded by Bessard, who quickly found Lockhart near the sideline.

Lockhart weaved between defenders and past them, until a lane to the basket opened. She seized it and scored with three-tenths of a second on the clock, a formality that only slightly delayed the win.

“When we’re in practice, we do this drill called the perfection drill,” Lockhart said. “We have to do full-court layups and try to get down the floor within four dribbles. As soon as Rangie got that rebound, that’s what I was focused on, just getting rim-to-rim and either getting the foul or finishing the layup for us.”

Cameron led at the end of each of the first three quarters, but the Shockers seemed to be zeroing in on the Aggies’ strength – three-point shooting – while gradually taking it away.

Cameron made five threes in the first quarter but 3 of 15 the rest of the way. WSU had 17 turnovers and Cameron had 15 offensive rebounds – one fewer than the Shockers – which kept it from pulling away before the fourth.

WSU made 9 of 15 shots in the fourth quarter, with Bessard and fellow forward Angie Tompkins combining for six baskets and 14 points. Tompkins made all six of her shots and scored 13 points.

Bessard led the Shockers with 17 points and 14 rebounds, while the backcourt combination of Keke Thompson and Lockhart combined for 24 points.

“We had four people in double digits, so the ball was moving around very well today,” Bessard said. “Keke Thompson, they kind of played her for the drive but she knocked down little mid-range shots that kind of opened up the paint a little more. … Everything was just in-tempo, and good passes. There’s still some things we need to work on.”

Neither team led by more than three points from the 5:59 mark of the second quarter until 4:37 remained in the game, and the score was that close for the final 3:49. WSU lost nine games by single digits last year, so winning a game in which every possession mattered could prove to be another benefit later in the season.

“I think you want that,” WSU coach Jody Adams-Birch said. “It kind of sets the tone for rolling into our schedule and the road ahead. We would rather be exposed early and be in tight games like this, and them gaining the confidence of winning one, or controlling the game and learning how to control the game, instead of me having to manipulate everything.

“As they learn and they learn how to play with each other and control the game, that makes them better. This is very valuable to us.”

Cameron

20

14

13

18

65

Wichita St.

18

14

14

21

67

CAMERON: Montgomery 5-17 0-0 12, Bonnarens 3-13 0-0 7, Halbleib 1-7 2-2 5, James 4-7 2-4 11, Soriano 1-4 2-4 4, Sellin 0-0 0-0 0, Clancy 3-5 0-2 7, Hill 5-9 3-5 14, McNair 1-2 0-0 2, Battese 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 24-65 9-17 65.

WICHITA ST.: Thompson 5-11 4-6 14, Stovall 0-2 0-0 0, Lockhart 4-5 2-2 10, Williams 2-6 0-0 4, Bessard 7-19 3-3 17, Preston 0-2 3-4 3, Lee 2-6 0-2 6, Lozada-Cabbage 0-1 0-0 0, Tompkins 6-6 1-4 13. Totals 26-58 13-21 67.

Three-point shooting: Cameron 8-22 (Montgomery 2-2, Clancy 1-1, Battese 1-1, James 1-2, Halbleib 1-4, Hill 1-4, Bonnarens 1-7, Soriano 0-1), Wichita St. 2-10 (Lee 2-4, Preston 0-1, Stovall 0-2, Williams 0-3). Rebounds: Cameron 36 (Halbleib, James 9), Wichita St. 48 (Bessard 13). Assists: Cameron 7 (Montgomery 3), WSU 11 (Stovall 4). Steals: Cameron 9 (Hill 3), Wichita St. 6 (Lee 2). Total fouls: Cameron 22, Wichita St. 18. Fouled out: None. Technicals: None. A: 1,071.

Kansas 81, Washburn 57 — Jessica Washington scored 21 points and the Kansas defense forced 27 Washburn turnovers in an exhibition victory at Allen Fieldhouse. Aisia Robertson added 14 for KU on 5-of-7 shooting.

The Jayhawks open the regular season next Sunday at home against Missouri State.

Washburn

14

14

16

13

57

Kansas

21

19

27

14

81

WASHBURN (57): Dohnalek 1-4 4-4 6, Gibbs 5-7 0-0 10, Lane 3-11 3-4 9, Phelan 4-12 2-2 10, Bowen 2-8 2-2 8, Myers 0-2 0-0 0, Talbot 0-0 0-0 0, Mad. Vargo 0-0 0-0 0, Granr 1-4 1-4 3, Mak. Vargo 0-0 0-0 0, Donley 0-2 0-0 0, Alexander 0-0 1-2 1, Thompson 0-0 0-0 0, Bowens 5-7 0-2 10. Totals 21-57 13-20 57.

KANSAS (81): Manning-Allen 3-5 1-1 7, Calvert 3-11 1-9 7, Washington 7-15 5-6 21, Cheadle 4-6 0-0 8, Kopatich 2-5 6-6 12, Umeri 1-2 0-0 2, Lott 1-1 0-0 2, Brown 0-0 0-0 0, O’Neal 0-5 0-0 0, Robertson 5-7 3-5 14, Christopher 2-3 2-4 6, Blair 1-3 0-0 2, Watts 0-1 0-0 0, Benoit 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-64 18-31 81.

Three-point shooting: Washburn 2-16 (Bowen 2-5, Granr 0-1, Donley 0-1, Dohnalek 0-1, Lane 0-2, Myers 0-2, Phelan 0-4), Kansas 5-20 (Kopatich 2-2, Washington 2-5, Robertson 1-2, Watts 0-1, O’Neal 0-5, Calvert 0-5). Rebounds: Washburn 42 (Gibbs 7), Kansas 37 (Manning-Allen 8). Assists: Washburn 5 (Phelan 3), Kansas 15 (Robertson, Christopher 4). Steals: Washburn 10 (Granr, Gibbs, Lane, Phelan 2), Kansas 14 (Calvert 4). Fouls: Washburn 23, Kansas 22. Fouled out: Lott. Technicals: Bowens. A: 2,103.

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