Shockers end losing streak with win over Northeastern


Matt Crow

Junior Keke Thompson drives to the net Against Newman. Thompson was one of the top scorers in Saturday’s exhibition.

Wichita State ended a four-game losing streak on Saturday in their final game of the Cancun Challenge. The Shockers were coming off their worst loss under head coach Jody Adams-Birch in an 87-39 defeat to No. 11 Stanford.

WSU managed to get out of their cold shooting stretch by shooting 49% from the field and 46% from three-point range to defeat Northeastern 87-73.

The Shockers started the game by knocking in five three pointers and shooting the lights out from the field. Their 76% shooting allowed WSU to take a commanding 35-14 lead after the first quarter.

Senior TaQuandra Mike kept the Shockers on pace, scoring 11 of her 17 points in the first half to allow WSU to take a 47-32 lead at halftime.

A layup by Northeastern cut the Shocker lead to 11 with 5:08 left in the third quarter, but the Shockers responded by ending the quarter on a 10-1 run to go up by 20 after three quarters of play. Northeastern answered the in the fourth quarter with eight unanswered points. Three-pointers from juniors Jeliah Preston and Tamara Lee along with a layup by junior Keke Thompson kept the Shockers’ lead in check with over five minutes left to play.

Northeastern was not able to cut the WSU lead below fifteen points in the second half, allowing the Shockers to come back to Wichita with the victory. Preston and Lee scored career-high’s in WSU’s second win of the season, with Preston scoring 17 points and Lee scoring 13 points off the bench.

Junior Angiee Thompkins scored her second-highest points of the season with nine points while grabbing six rebounds. The Shockers won the rebounding battle 30-29 along with forcing 25 Northeastern turnovers.

WSU (2-4) will play Arkansas State on Friday at Koch Arena at 12:05 p.m.