In a battle of the last two undefeated teams in the Missouri Valley Conference, the Wichita State Shockers defeated Indiana State on the road 83-63. The Shockers came out hot against the Sycamores and never looked back.
"We talked about coming out from the very beginning and setting the tone and we did that from the jump ball," WSU head coach Jody Adams said. "Ever since it was set at that jump ball we did not slow down. We kept the tempo that we wanted to keep. I'm very proud of this team and what we've accomplished."
Four Shockers ended up in double digits. Jamillah Bonner led the way with 23 points and five assists. Junior Alex Harden was right behind her with 18 points and seven rebounds. Alie Decker added 17 points of her own as well with five threes.
"She's had a few of those for us this year," Adams said about Decker's great game. "It's been great to see her continuing to have that success. She is a great shooter but not only is she a good shooter but she can put it on the ground. She expects those shots to go down and we do too."
The fourth was Kelsey Jacobs with 11 points. This win gives the Shockers their 15th consecutive win and it also means they are the only unbeaten women's team left in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Here's the press release from Wichita State Athletics:
Jamillah Bonner scored 23 points and handed out five assists to help lead the Wichita State women’s basketball team past Indiana State 83-63 to remain the only unbeaten team in Missouri Valley Conference play and capture its 15th consecutive win.
Alex Harden added 18 points, pulled down seven rebounds and handed out four assists. Alie Decker had 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting, including 5-of-6 from three-point land.
Bonner and Michaela Dapprich hit back-to-back three-pointers to start the game for Wichita State (16-2, 7-0), and a steal and layup by Harden capped an 8-0 run and forced Indiana State to take a timeout at the 17:55 mark. Decker hit her first three of the game with 16:03 remaining in the first half to put the score at 13-2 Shockers.
Harden nailed a pull-up jumper at free-throw line to continue the scoring for Wichita State and stretch the lead to 21-8. Later, a Bonner jumper at the 8:38 mark capped a 7-0 run for the Shockers that put them up 17, 28-11.
After a jumper by Harden at the 6:00 mark that put the score at 33-16 Shockers, neither team scored for almost four minutes. Decker scored the last five points of the half for Wichita State with a three-pointer and a jumper from the baseline.
The Shockers went into the half up 38-22, led by Decker’s 14 points. She connected on all five of her shots in the first 20 minutes, including a perfect 4-for-4 from behind the arc. Harden added 10 points and Bonner had nine points and led the team in rebounds with four. Wichita State shot 15-for-30 from the field in the first half, including 6-for-9 from three-point land. They also scored 12 points off of 10 Sycamore turnovers.
Bonner started a 7-0 run for Wichita State early in the second half with a three-pointer from the right corner. The run was capped with a jumper from Michaela Dapprich at the 18:07 mark that saw the Shockers lead 45-24.
Four minutes later, after Indiana State had tried to cut into the lead, Kelsey Jacobs completed an old-fashioned three-point play which put her team up 22, 53-31. Bonner completed a three-point play of her own with 8:21 remaining in the game to give Wichita State its biggest lead of the night, 69-41.
The lead never dipped below 20 for the remainder of the game as the Shockers connected on their first 13 shots of the second half and went on to win 83-63.
Wichita State shot 29-for-49 (.592) from the field for the game, including 8-for-13 (.615) from behind the three-point line. The Shockers also won the rebounding battle 36-24.
The Shockers will now return home to play Southern Illinois on Fri., Jan. 31 inside Charles Koch Arena at 7 p.m.