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High jumper Brady Palen warms up on the track during a meet in fall 2023.

Track and field breaks records but still finishes third in Kansas Triangular

Jacob Unruh, Assistant Sports Editor January 16, 2024

Wichita State’s track and field team came in third in a three-team triangular against the University of Kansas and Kansas State University, but had some impressive individual performances along the way. The...

The Wichita State softball team gathers together before the match against McLennan Community College on Sept. 16.

Softball picked overall No. 1 in preseason coaches poll

Melanie Rivera-Cortez, Sports Editor January 16, 2024

Wichita State softball was picked to repeat as American Athletic Conference champions in a coach’s preseason poll for its 2024 season and is set to repeat as conference champions. Wichita State received...

TreZure Jobe prepares to take a free throw shot in the last few minutes of the Dec. 1 game versus Saint Louis. Jobe went 9-13 for her free throw shots Friday night.

Women’s basketball falters against North Texas in fourth quarter

Melanie Rivera-Cortez, Sports Editor January 16, 2024

The Wichita State women’s basketball team headed down south to face off against conference newcomer North Texas, inevitably stumbling in the fourth quarter, 72-68. The Shockers faced off against a...

Harlond Beverly jumps to make an attempt at the basket against Memphis. Beverly scored 17 points throughout his 34 minutes of play on Jan. 14.

Men’s basketball allows over 100 points in loss against Memphis

Melanie Rivera-Cortez, Sports Editor January 16, 2024

After nearly 20 years of not allowing an opponent to score 100 points, No. 13 ranked Memphis outscored Wichita State men’s basketball 112-86. “I was just as shocked as everybody else,” Memphis...

Wichita State womens’s tennis team huddles during break. With “Go Shocks!” during match against Omaha at Gensis Rock Road on Mar. 26.

Women’s tennis comes up short in season opener at No. 13 Oklahoma

Jacob Unruh, Assistant Sports Editor January 15, 2024

In a tough matchup to begin their season against #13 Oklahoma University, the Wichita State women’s tennis team was beaten, 6-1. It is the 37th consecutive home win for the Sooners. The Sooners swept...

After completing the doubles matches, the WSU tennis team gathers for a team huddle.

Men’s tennis goes 1-2 against Arizona teams to open season

Jacob Unruh, Assistant Sports Editor January 15, 2024

Men’s tennis swung into the 2024 season with a road trip to Arizona. On Thursday, they beat Grand Canyon University, 5-2. On Friday, the team lost both legs of a doubleheader with Northern Arizona University...

Prior to the start of the Tuesday night game, the Shockers do a group huddle.

Women’s basketball slow start allows Temple to cruise to victory

Melanie Rivera-Cortez, Sports Editor January 11, 2024

Wichita State women’s basketball had its worst performance during conference play this season, losing 72-49 against Temple University.  “We got to get back in the gym and take some more shots...

Paul Mills looks at his notes as the Shockers suffer a significant point defecit agaisnt KU in the second half. The Shockers fell to 2nd ranked team KU in their last non-conference game on Dec. 30.

Comeback attempt falls short; men’s basketball loses at Temple

Jacob Unruh, Reporter January 11, 2024

In an up and down game where the Wichita State men’s basketball team led by nine points and trailed by 17, the Shockers ultimately came up short, losing away to Temple University, 68-61 on Jan. 7. Wichita...

The Wichita State womens basketball team huddles together before the start of their Wednesday night match against Missouri Southern State University on Nov. 1.

Slow start dooms women’s basketball against UTSA

Jacob Unruh, Reporter January 9, 2024

It took more than six minutes for the Wichita State women’s basketball team to score their first points against UTSA on Saturday. The Shockers never recovered from their slow start, losing 74-60 on the...

Colby Rogers runs past the defensive player during the second half of the Jan. 4 game. Rogers played 38 minutes, and scored 18 points and one rebound.

AAC newcomer North Texas defeats Wichita State men’s basketball in conference opener

Melanie Rivera-Cortez, Sports Editor January 6, 2024

In its first game of 2024, Wichita State lost to American Athletic Conference newcomer the University of North Texas, 74-62. “Our intensity wasn’t where it needed to be,” redshirt junior Colby...

Senior Aniya Bell blocks a player from MSSU at the exhibition game on Nov. 1. Bell had two personal fouls by the end of the game.

Women’s basketball experiences first conference loss of the season

Piper Pinnetti, Reporter January 4, 2024

Road trips to opposing courts have continued to trouble Wichita State (5-9, 1-0 AAC) as the Shockers lost 76-64 to Rice University (7-5, 1-0 AAC) on Jan. 3. The Shockers lost their first American Athletic...

Dalen Ridgnal looks down between free throws in the second half of the Dec. 30 game. The Shockers fell to KU at the T-Mobile Center 86-67.

Men’s basketball falls to No. 2 University of Kansas

Melanie Rivera-Cortez, Sports Editor December 31, 2023

In a sea of red, white and blue at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Missouri, Wichita State lost to the University of Kansas, 86-67, in the Shockers’ last non-conference game.  Head men’s basketball...

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