Shocker women stay unbeaten in conference play

The Wichita State women’s basketball team overcame a sluggish first half to beat Evansville on Sunday 49-45.

The Shockers trailed 21-16 at halftime behind only 29.2 percent shooting. The second half was a different story, with WSU outscoring Evansville (7-11, 5-2 Missouri Valley Conference) 33-24 to get the win.

Chynna Turner and Jessica Diamond each had 11 points to lead the Shockers, while Michaela Dapprich had 10.

The win comes two days after the Shockers defeated Southern Illinois 72-59 in Carbondale, Ill., on Friday.

The Shockers controlled SIU (4-14, 1-6 MVC) from the beginning, building a 39-26 lead by the half. WSU’s lead reached as much as 18 points early in the second half.

WSU shot 50 percent from the field and forced 21 Saluki turnovers.

Chynna Turner had a season-high 22 points while Alex Harden finished with 15.

The two wins make Wichita State 13-6 overall, and 7-0 in Valley play. The 7-0 start to conference play matches the best start in school history, which was set just last year.

WSU is alone in first play in the MVC, with Creighton a half game back at 7-1. The Shockers defeated Creighton 67-45 on Jan. 19.

Next for the Shockers is a home game against Illinois State on Friday at 7:05 p.m. The Redbirds are currently tied for third in the Valley at 5-2, 13-6 overall.

Friday’s game can be watched on ESPN3.