Three Shockers scored in double figures as the Wichita State women’s basketball team defeated Sam Houston State 64-47 on Thursday night inside Johnson Coliseum.
Alex Harden and Michelle Price both recorded double-doubles with 12 points and 12 rebounds each. Harden also added eight assists. Ali Decker led the scoring for Wichita State with 14 points, while pulling down seven rebounds.
Wichita State took a 10-6 lead at the 14:08 mark in the first half on back-to-back jumpers by Decker and Harden. Then, after a bucket by Sam Houston State, proceeded to go on an 11-0 run started by a layup from Price and capped at the 10:10 mark with a 3-point play by Kelsey Jacobs that put the Shockers up, 21-8. In the midst of the Wichita State run, the Shocker defense forced two consecutive backcourt violations.
Jaleesa Chapel hit her first 3-pointer of the season with 8:08 remaining in the half to put Wichita State up 14, 25-11. Six minutes later, Chapel gave her team the biggest lead of the half with a 2-point jumper that put Wichita State up 32-14.
The Shockers went into the locker room up 33-18.Price led all scorers with eight points, while also grabbing eight first half rebounds. Kelsey Jacobs and Jaleesa Chapel each added seven points. The Shockers shot 13-for-31 (.419) and held the Bearkats to 4-of-22 (.182) shooting. Wichita State also forced 13 Sam Houston State turnovers.
A Michaela Dapprich 3-pointer at the 18:44 mark in the second half put the Shockers up 36-20. The Bearkats got the Wichita lead down to as many as 12 with 14:34 remaining in the game, but Jamillah Bonner ignited a 6-0 run with a driving layup. At the end of the run, the Shockers were back up 18, 48-30, with just under 11 minutes to go.
Sam Houston State never threatened the rest of the way as the Shockers went on to win 64-47.
The Wichita State defense held the Bearkats to 13-of-52 (.250) shooting and forced 18 turnovers. The Shockers shot 26-for-62 (.419), including 4-for-7 (.571) from behind the arc.
Arkansas State will come to Charles Koch Arena on Thurs., Dec. 12. Tip is set for 7 p.m.