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Shockers saw down Sycamores

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Shocker forward Allie Decker shot like a sharpshooter Monday.

She came off the bench to score 17 points on 6 of 7 shooting in a decisive 83-63 Shocker win against the Indiana State Sycamores.

Decker made four threes in the first half and helped the Shockers set the tone in a game that was supposed to be a battle between the two teams atop the Missouri Valley Conference.

Before the game, Shocker head coach Jody Adams said her team needed to “be aggressive” to set the tone and silence the Sycamore crowd.

“You got to start aggressive in a hostile environment,” Adams said.

They did. WSU took a 13-2 lead in the first five minutes.

WSU played good defense, shot well and knocked the crowd and the Sycamores out of the game early.

WSU junior guards Jamillah Bonner and Alex Harden kept the Shocker’s lead in the double digits with good offense and defense.  Bonner led the Shockers in scoring with 23 points and Harden finished with 18.

It was 38-22 at the half.

Indiana State faired better in the second half. Forward Marina Laramie scored 13 points and guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir scored nine.

However, WSU played better. The team made their first 13 shots, and kept the Sycamores from getting within 10 points for the rest of the game.

It was 65-39 with 10 minutes left in the half and teams matched each other score-for-score until the game ended.

With the win, the Shockers improve to 17-2 and 8-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference.

They play their next four games at home. The first is Friday at 7:05 p.m. against Illinois State.

After the game, Adams said her team is playing well and is excited to get back to Koch Arena.

“We are a team that is playing great basketball right now, but there is still room for improvement,” Adams said. “They play hard, they play fast, they play unbelievable defense and this team is putting it on the line to bring another MVC championship team to Wichita.”

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