February 28, 2013
Wichita State’s (19-9, 13-3 MVC) Chynna Turner delivered in a tip-in off a miss with eight seconds left to put WSU on top 56-55 before Jenkins’ game winner. Illinois State (19-8, 11-4 MVC) closed the game on a 28-15 run.
The Shockers raced to a 12-point lead early in the second half, thanks to an 11-0 run sparked by a Michaela Dapprich three. Another Dapprich basket put the Shockers on top 50-44 with 4:16 left. Illinois State again fought back and took their first lead of the second half, 55-54, after Brianna Puni hit both ends of a one-and-one with 34 seconds left.
Alex Harden led the Shockers with 17 points. Jazimen Gordon added 10 rebounds. Jessica Diamond contributed nine points and eight boards. Janae Smith led Illinois State with 17 while Candace Sykes added a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The first half saw 12 lead changes and two ties as neither team could muster more than a four-point lead. The Shockers used a 9-4 run midway through the half to take a 16-15 lead then extended to 24-21 at the break. Harden delivered nine of her points by the break while Janae Smith led the Redbirds with 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting.
The Shockers return to the road Sunday afternoon to face fourth-place Indiana State. Tipoff is scheduled for 12:30 inside the Hulman Center and will be broadcast on the FOX Sports family of networks as part of the Missouri Valley Conference’s “Wild Card Weekend” television package.