Shocker women remain unbeaten in the MVC

Wichita State women’s basketball coach Jody Adams thought her team played perfect basketball for just 25 minutes.

Fortunately, it was more than enough for the conference leading WSU Shockers to remain undefeated in the Missouri Valley Conference.

WSU (11-6, 5-0 MVC) opened the game on an 11-2 run, making their first five shots, built a 22-point lead late in the first half and coasted to a 70-51 victory over the Drake Bulldogs (5-12, 0-6 MVC)

The conference-leading Shockers improved to 5-0 against conference opponents.

Add to that another strong defensive effort—the Shockers are holding opponents to a conference leading 51.2 points per game—and it made for a long night for the Bulldogs.

Sophomore guard, Kyndal Clark, Drake’s leading scorer, who recorded career high 26 points against Missouri State last Saturday, struggled last night with the defense of WSU’s longer more athletic guards.

She finished the night 4-for-20 shooting from the field.

“I think the switching and the length bothered them,” Adams said.

Under Adams, defense is never a question mark.

But the Shockers have found their spark offensively since conference play.

WSU averaged 67 points in their last five games. A far different outcome than the 54.1 points they have averaged against non-conference opponents.

A lot of credit goes to Jasmine Jones, who is known mostly for her defensive skills. Lately, she’s found her own offense averaging 12 points in the last two games.

“It makes people have to play us honest, which opens up the lane for our posts and for our penetration. I’m super proud of Bugg (Jones),” Jessica Diamond said. “Now that she’s knocking down shots, they’re going to have to guard her. Or she can just keep shooting.”

Diamond had 14 points, Kelsey Jacobs also had 14 and Alex Harden 11.WSU used balanced scoring and good shooting to jump out to a 44-29 halftime lead.

The Shockers’ length and athleticism pestered Drake into shooting 33 percent from the field for the game.

But the defensive game plan didn’t go as expected. Most of WSU’s defensive switches were slow and as a result the team committed 19 fouls; something that coach Adams intends to correct during their next practices.

“I thought you saw individual improvement and individual consecutive plays of consistency,” Adams said. “But you are not going to beat great teams with just segments of greatness. You’ve got to have a team of greatness.”

The Shockers will play on the road against Southern Illinois (4-12, 1-4 MVC) on Friday.