Wichita State Shockers

Sources: Four Wichita State women’s basketball players will leave

Junior Michaela Dapprich (44) averaged 12.5 points this season for Wichita State.
Junior Michaela Dapprich (44) averaged 12.5 points this season for Wichita State. The Wichita Eagle

Returning starters Michaela Dapprich and Alie Decker are among four players leaving the Wichita State women’s basketball program, according to multiple sources.

Dapprich, a junior guard from Branson, Mo., averaged 12.5 points and 5.9 rebounds and earned honorable mention All-Missouri Valley Conference honors. Decker, a sophomore forward from Edmond, Okla., averaged 8.8 points and 3.6 rebounds. Also leaving are sophomore guard Moriah Dapprich, Michaela’s sister, and sophomore guard Kayla White.

That leaves WSU with five returners, none starters, and two of them transfers who sat out last season.

WSU coach Jody Adams declined comment.

Adams is one of three finalists for the vacant job at Kansas. She interviewed on Thursday. Stephen F. Austin coach Brandon Schneider, formerly at Emporia State, and Arkansas-Little Rock coach Joe Foley are also finalists.

Moriah Dapprich played in 25 games and averaged 1.6 points. White, from San Antonio, played in 21 games, starting five, and averaged 0.7 points.

WSU returns sophomore center Brittany Martin, freshman guard Aundra Stovall, who started one game, and sophomore guard Jaleesa Chapel. Chapel started two games and averaged 15.6 minutes, most of that trio. Forward Rangie Bessard and guard Diamond Lockhart, both transfers, redshirted in 2014-15.

WSU signed three high school seniors in November — forward Jyar Francis from Ponchatoula (La.), forward Sabrina Lozada-Cabbage from Santa Fe (N.M.) and forward Ellie Lehne from Byron (Ill.).

Jacobs honored — WSU senior Kelsey Jacobs was named a Division I-AAA NACDA Scholar-Athlete on Friday.

Jacobs, from Fortuna, Calif., carries a 4.0 grade-point average as a graduate student in sport management. She had a 3.74 GPA in exercise science before graduating last spring. She averaged 8.4 points and 5.3 rebounds.

Reach Paul Suellentrop at 316-269-6760 or psuellentrop@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @paulsuellentrop.

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