WICHITA, Kan. — Several scoring droughts by Illinois State and some hot shooting by Wichita State led to the Shockers taking an 85-38 victory over the Redbirds in a Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball game Friday night at Charles Koch Arena.
Katy Winge led ISU, which shot 25.5 percent from the field and committed 22 turnovers, with nine points as the Redbirds fell to 0-17 overall and 0-6 in the Valley.
Michaela Dapprich paced the Shockers (15-3, 6-0) with 18 points. Jamillah Bonner added 17 points, while Alex Harden scored 14 and Alie Decker 13. Wichita State shot 51 percent from the field and were 6 of 12 outside the arc.
“We are struggling so much to score, and we need to be stronger offensively,” said ISU coach Barb Smith. “We missed easy layups and couldn’t finish.
"We needed to settle down in the second half, but we just have to keep working at it. Wichita State has so much leadership and composure. You have to give credit to them. They were all over the place and played hard.”
Winge scored ISU’s first two baskets of the game, but the Redbirds were scoreless from the field for the next seven minutes, going 0-of-10 from the field. WSU used a 9-0 run to take a 19-6 advantage at the 12:08 mark.
The two teams traded baskets in the middle of the half, as ISU pulled within 27-17, but the Shockers regained momentum to seize a 41-21 lead at intermission.
Wichita State extended the margin to 49-21 early in the second half and led by as many as 48 with less than a minute to play.
Kelli Tolar scored a career-high six points for ISU, faces Missouri State at 2:05 p.m. Sunday in Springfield, Missouri.