Lady Shockers play tough

Published On: Jan 20 2014 10:52:08 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 20 2014 11:00:04 PM CST

Complete and total domination.

It's the only phrase to describe the Wichita State women's basketball team.

Jody Adams' team ripped Drake apart Monday, 88-55, to extend their winning streak to 13 games, passing their previous record of 12.

"This team is at the top of their game," Adams said following the win. "And that's what you say the first 20 minutes - it was explosive, on both sides of the ball."

As exceptional as the offense has been, the Lady Shockers (14-2, 5-0) are fueled by their defense - winning by an average of 20 points during the winning streak. They held Air Force to just 37 points on December 1st.

"That fuels us, it allows us to be more patient on offense and bring some tempo (our plays)," Alex Harden said. 

"It's becoming more natural," Kelsey Jacobs said. "I think the game has slowed down for us older girls and I think it's benefitting the bench too. I think we play off each other well."

And this team shows no mercy, so far. Outside of the average win margin, WSU scored outscored Drake 35-3 off of turnovers. They held Drake just 19 field goals for the game. It's a theme they've worked on all season, and even before.

"We've lived off our defense in the past and it's just nice to see it equal out," Adams said. "For this year, it's the best production we've had off turnovers."

The Shocker men have lived on their defense under head coach Gregg Marshall, an overall theme for success inside the Roundhouse.

It's evident that winning breeds winning as the programs are 33-2 this season and both riding incredible winning streaks. The Shockers "Play Angry" and the Lady Shockers do it a little different with the same result.

"I don't know if we use the "Play Angry" motto," Harden said.
"We just play to dominate."