The Wichita State women’s basketball team defeated Air Force, 61-37, Sunday afternoon in Charles Koch Arena.
Jamillah Bonner and Alie Decker led all Shockers with 10 points apiece and Michelle Price pulled down nine rebounds and added nine points in the victory. Moriah Dapprich scored a career-high eight points on 3-of-4 shooting and brought down eight rebounds in 23 minutes.
Both teams came out struggling from the field, shooting a combined six for their first 20. Kelsey Jacobs scored Wichita State’s first basket at the 15:03 mark to make the score 5-0 Shockers, and two free throws by Michaela Dapprich pushed the score to 7-2. Alie Decker gave Wichita State its first double-digit lead with a long 2-pointer from the corner, to put the score at 15-4 Shockers with 7:58 remaining in the half.
Alex Harden hit a baseline jumper as the shot clock expired to put Wichita State up 11 again, 21-10, with 2:44 remaining in the half. Harden then nailed another 2-point jumper as time ran out in the first half to give the Shockers a 25-15 lead at the break.
The Shockers were led in scoring by Harden, who scored eight points in the first 20 minutes on 3-of-6 shooting. Jacobs and Michaela Dapprich added four points each.
Two free throws at the 16:37 mark in the second half by Jacobs gave the Shockers a 31-17 lead, and two minutes later after a 3-point play by Air Force, Alie Deck hit her first 3-pointer of the day to put Wichita State up 34-20.
A Michaela Dapprich layup off an assist from Moriah Dapprich gave the Shockers an 18-point advantage, 44-26, with 7:55 remaining in the game. Another pass from Moriah Dapprich led to a basket for Wichita State at the 3:34 mark, this time Michelle Price was the beneficiary, and her layup up the Shockers up 50-31.
Another Decker 3-pointer and back-to-back layups from Jamillah Bonner and Price put the Shockers up 24, 57-33 with a little more than two minutes remaining in the game, and Wichita State went on to win 61-37.
The Shockers held the Falcons to just 36 percent shooting (15-for-42) from the field and forced 25 turnovers in the victory. Wichita State finished the game shooting 37 percent (20-for-53) from the field and 28 percent (2-for-7) from behind the arc.
The Shockers will travel to Huntsville, Texas to take on Sam Houston State, Thurs., Dec. 5. Tip-off is slated for 6:30 p.m.