The Wichita State women’s basketball team fell to Evansville 63-54 on Thursday night inside the Ford Center.
Alie Decker led the Shockers in scoring 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-9 from behind the three-point line. Michelle Price, Jamillah Bonner and Alex Harden each added 10 points in the loss.
Evansville opened the game on an 8-0 run before Alie Decker hit the first basket of the game for Wichita State, a three-pointer that cut the Purple Ace’s lead to 8-3 at the 17:00 mark. Decker hit another three on the next Wichita State possession to cut the deficit to 10-6.
After Evansville went up by as many as 10, the Shockers rattled off seven consecutive points, started by a pair of Michelle Price free throws and capped with another Decker three at the 10:21 mark to put the Shockers down three, 18-15.
A layup from Jamillah Bonner ended a 10-0 Evansville run and put Wichita State down 11 with just less than five minutes to go in the first half.
The Shockers went into the locker room down 11, 35-24, shooting 9-for-29 (.310) in the first 20 minutes. Decker led Wichita State in scoring with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 3-of-5 from three-point range. Evansville shot 11-for-20 (.550) from the field and outscored the Shockers in the paint 20-6.
Wichita State went on a 10-2 run early in the second half, capped by a layup from Jamillah Bonner off an assist from Alex Harden to cut the Purple Ace’s lead to 36-42 with 16:15 remaining in the game.
Evansville answered again, this time with a 7-0 run to pull back ahead 13, 49-36 at the 12:15 mark. After the Purple Ace’s lead hovered around double-digits, the Shockers went on a 7-0 run, capped by a pair of Harden free-throws to cut the deficit to single digits, 57-51 with just less than six minutes left.
Wichita State could not get the Evansville lead below seven the rest of the way and fell 63-54.
The Shockers will now head to Carbondale, Ill. to take on Southern Illinois on Saturday at 6 p.m.