Shocker Women top Arkansas State, win fifth straight

Published On: Dec 12 2013 09:57:15 PM CST

Jamillah Bonner scored a career-high 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting, leading the Wichita State women’s basketball team to a 66-47 victory over Arkansas State Thursday night in Charles Koch Arena.

Michelle Price added 15 points for the Shockers, while Alex Harden contributed 14 and led Wichita State with eight rebounds in the victory.

The Shockers took an early 9-3 lead after a quick jumper by Harden and layup by Dapprich in the first three minutes of play. Arkansas State cut the Wichita State lead, 9-5, before the Shockers went on a 9-0 run, capped by a layup and one from Bonner with 12:49 left in the first half, extending the lead, 18-5.

The Red Wolves went on an 11-4 run to pull within eight, 20-28, sparked by two quick layups with 11:38 remaining until halftime.

Arkansas State hit a three at the 1:22 mark to cut the Shocker lead, 32-23, but a breakaway layup from Price would put Wichita State back up, 34-23, heading into the locker room.

Bonner led the way in the first half with nine points, while Price added eight in 19 minutes of play. The Shockers shot 50 percent (14-for-28) in the first half and held the Red Wolves to 29 percent (8-for-27), forcing 12 turnovers.

Wichita State extended its lead in the second half, 47-30, off a Harden jumper at the 14:43 mark, and the Shockers would not let Arkansas State any closer the rest of the game.

The largest lead of the game would come off a Bonner layup with 5:21 left in the game, 64-40. The Red Wolves would cut the Wichita State lead, 64-47, but a layup by Dapprich with 29 seconds left would give the Shockers a 66-47 victory.

Wichita State held Arkansas State to 34 percent (18-for-52) from the field and 30 percent (4-for-13) behind the arc while the Shockers shot 49 percent (27-for-55) from the field and 20 percent (2-for-10) from three-point range. Wichita State forced 19 turnovers and dished out 14 assists on the night.