The Wichita State women’s basketball team is 2-0 to start the season for the first time since 2005, thanks to a dramatic come-from-behind victory in overtime, 63-60, over rival Missouri State last weekend.
It was a character-building win for a Shockers team that has the fifth-youngest Division I roster. WSU committed 27 turnovers, gave up 25 offensive rebounds and played the overtime without its senior leader Sabrina Lozada-Cabbage, but still overcame that adversity to win.
Coach Keitha Adams registered her 300th career win. She won 284 games in 16 seasons at UTEP before collecting the last 16 the past two seasons with the Shockers.
“It showed some toughness and some competitiveness, for sure,” Adams said. “I think it’s a confidence-booster for everyone. For the young girls, it showed them they could step up without their senior leader out there and then for Bri, it showed her that her new teammates can get the job done. There were definitely some positives there.”
WSU trailed 52-48 with 44 seconds left, but freshman Carla Bremaud rose to the occasion to deliver the game’s two biggest shots. The first jumper cut Missouri State’s lead to 52-50 with 31 seconds and gave WSU a chance when it got the ball back with 20 seconds left down 53-50.
Adams called for a high ball screen for point guard Seraphine Bastin, who began to attack the left side. But she noticed Bremaud break free at the top of the key and passed her the ball. The freshman from France swished home the game-tying three-pointer from well beyond the arc with five seconds left.
“It was a big play and a big moment for us,” Adams said. “I think having that experience was great for our young players and I think all of the fans went home really excited. That was a great game. We had some great energy in the building and definitely some good karma in there.”
Adams would like to see another rowdy crowd for WSU’s next home game on Wednesday against Sam Houston State, a 6:30 p.m. tip at Koch Arena. The Shockers will be looking for their first 3-0 start to a season since 2002. Tickets are half-off with a donation of two canned food items.
WSU had several promising performances to build on. Bremaud scored a team-high 15 points, Raven Prince added a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Bastin chipped in eight points and six assists.
“We did some things well, but there are a lot of areas where we need to get better at,” Adams said. “We need to take care of the ball and start being go get it gals. We’re all about going and getting it, yet we weren’t going and getting it. The first drill of practice the next day was a rebounding drill. There’s so much room for improvement.”
Sam Houston State at Wichita State
When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Koch Arena
TV: Cox YurView (HD 2022)