Coyotes Down Shockers in Home Opener

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WICHITA, Kan. (WSU Athletics) -

Wichita State head coach Keitha Adams will have to wait at least one more game to pick up her first win as a Shocker after South Dakota downed the Shockers, 62-48, Saturday afternoon in Charles Koch Arena.

Wichita State (0-3) drops to 28-16 all-time in home openers and 3-2 vs. South Dakota. 

Rangie Bessard collected her first double-double of the season and 15th of her career, finishing with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Bessard had to fight and claw to get to double-digits after hitting only 6-of-15 attempts.

Jeliah Preston chipped in nine points off the bench and Angiee Tompkins added eight points and four rebounds in the losing effort.

As a team, Wichita State struggled all game long from beyond the arc. For the game they finished just 2-for-18 and 35.6 percent overall. South Dakota didn’t fare much better from long range (6-for-22), but managed to shoot 46.7 percent in total.

The Shockers forced 20 turnovers and outrebounded the Coyotes (33-32), but couldn’t make enough shots to pull out the win.

Allison Arens led South Dakota with 13 points and nine boards and Jaycee Bradley and Ciara Duffy each added 10.

1st Quarter
Wichita State held a 13-11 lead after the first 10 minutes of action. Tompkins scored the first four Shocker points and Bessard and Keke Thompson added three each.

As a team, the Shockers were just 5-of-14 from the field, including 1-of-5 from deep, but forced six Coyote turnovers in the period.

2nd Quarter 
South Dakota scored the first eight points to open the quarter to take a 19-13 lead just a little over two minutes in. A Preston basket got Wichita State on the board, but the Coyotes would take a 24-15 lead courtesy of a 13-2 run.

Preston would add a jumper and that would be it for the Shockers in the period. South Dakota outscored Wichita State 19-4 in the quarter to take a 30-17 lead into halftime. 

Wichita State hit only seven of its 26 field goal attempts (27 percent), including a 1-for-9 mark from three-point range. The Coyotes shot 48 percent and were led by Jaycee Bradley and Madison McKeever’s seven points.

3rd Quarter 
The Shockers found a little bit of rhythm on the offensive end, but South Dakota still won the quarter, 19-17. 

After three quarters of play Wichita State trailed 49-34 with Tompkins and Bessard leading the way with eight points apiece.

4th Quarter
A three-pointer from Preston followed by a three-point play from Bessard closed the gap to nine, 49-40, to open the final quarter, but the Shockers would get no closer.

South Dakota bumped its lead back to 14, 56-42, with just two minutes remaining.

The Coyotes would add another trey to ice the game in the final minute of regulation.

Up Next
Wichita State is right back on the road for the first of four straight road games beginning with a matchup vs. No. 14 Tennessee in Knoxville on Nov. 20. Following Rocky Top, the Shockers head to Albuquerque for the UNM Thanksgiving Classic, Nov. 24-26.