Wichita State Deals Indiana State Womens Hoops First Valley Loss
January 28, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Wichita State Shockers came out blazing and didn’t look back as it overwhelmed the Indiana State Women’s Basketball squad, 83-63, in Missouri Valley Conference action on Monday evening in the Hulman Center. The loss is the first for ISU in Valley play and snaps its six-game win streak.
The Sycamores (11-7, 6-1 MVC) were led by three players in double figures behind junior forward Racheal Mahan’s 13 points. A 13-2 run by Wichita State set the tone for the first half and overwhelmed the preseason conference favorite Sycamores.
Along with her 13 points, Mahan posted a team-high eight rebounds on the evening. The Mansfield, Ohio native went 4-for-6 from the field and 5-for-7 from behind the charity stripe.
The Shockers (16-2, 7-0 MVC) came out and scored eight points in the first two minutes forcing an Indiana State timeout. But ISU was cold from the floor, scoring just 11 points in the first ten minutes of play as it trailed 38-22 at halftime.
Wichita State shot lights on the evening, going 59.2 percent from the floor including 73.7 percent in the second half alone. The Sycamores wouldn’t come close to the defending Missouri Valley Conference champions as it put up just a 41.2 percent clip from the field and 27.2 percent from behind the arc (5-for-18).
Behind Mahan, ISU was helped by sophomore forward Marina Laramie with 12 points and three rebounds along with senior guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir’s 10 points.
Senior guard Anna Munn scored eight points and led with three assists and junior guard Chelsea Smith came off the bench to score six points and record a season-high three blocks.
Wichita State was led by junior transfer Jamillah Bonner’s 23 points and MVC preseason Player of the Year Alex Harden poured in 18 points of her own. In addition to their 59.2 percent shooting effort from the floor, the Shockers went 61.5 percent from 3-point land. They also out-rebounded ISU, 36-24, including a 17-10 edge on the offensive glass.
ISU hits the road this weekend as it faces Bradley on Friday (8 p.m. ET) and Loyola on Sunday (2 p.m. ET). Both games will be heard live on 98.5 WIBQ FM in Terre Haute.