Women's Basketball Recap - Dec. 1
Sunday, December 2, 2007

Wichita State, led by Kiki Stephens' 20 points, earned a 65-61 win over Western Illinois in MVC Women's Basketball action, while Indiana State and Bradley both suffered losses Saturday.

Wichita State 65, Western Illinois 62
Senior Kiki Stephens scored a season-high 20 points as the wichita State women's basketball team (3-4) came from behind to win its second-straight game, grabbing a 65-62 win over Western Illinois (1-5), Saturday night inside Charles Koch Arena.

Stephens led all players with her eighth career 20-point performance, while Jacie Hoyt recorded nine points and three assists and Kyrie Kinder scored eight to lead the Shockers. Sudbeck led WSU with eight rebounds, and Stephens had a game-high four assists.

For WIU, Gina Hugelier led three Westerwinds in double figure with 13 points, while Katy Davenport added 12 and Stephanie Lovingood had 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

The Shockers, who trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half, outscored the Westerwinds 21-12 over the final 8:33 for their third-straight home victory.

The Shockers opened the game ice cold from the field, missing nine of its first 10 shots over the opening six minutes, allowing WIU to start the contest with a 12-5 lead. Kiki Stephens ended a five-minute drought from the field with a jumper that closed the Westerwinds lead to 12-7 with 14:12 left, but a Jordan O'Brien's second three-pointer of the contest extended the Western advantage to 15-7, its largest of the game to that point.

Frannie Vathauer's 3-pointer with just over 12 minutes left cut the deficit to 15-10, but Western answered with a 7-2 run to take a 22-12 lead with just under 10 minutes left following a pair of Davenport free throws.

A Jacie Hoyt 3-pointer with 6:25 left brought the Shockers to within one, and Stephens' turnaround jumper 30 seconds later gave the Shockers a 24-23 lead, their first since the opening minutes, capping a 12-1 WSU run. WIU answered with a Davenport 3-pointer to cap a 5-0 mini run to take a 28-24 lead, maintaining that advantage to the break, 37-29 thanks to a Hugelier steal and layup under the Shocker basket as time expired.

Western shot 50 percent from the field in the first half, includinig a 6-for-12 mark from long-range. WSU recovered from the slow start to finish the half shooting 35 percent, with a 4-for-6 effort at the free-throw line. WIU's bench was the story of the first, including Hugelier's eight first half points, as Western's bench held a 17-8 advantage in scoring at the break.

The Shockers answered the bell in a big way to start the second, opening the frame on a 7-2 run, capped by a Hoyt 3-pointer that closed the deficit to three, 39-36, with 18:13 left to play in the contest. WIU answered with a 5-0 run of its own before a Hoyt putback and a Stephens layin cut the deficit to 44-40 with just less than 14 minutes left.

It was as close as WSU could get until a Hoyt free throw with 8:21 left brought the Shockers to within three at 50-47. Stephens then scored three-straight to tie the game, 50-50 with 7:30 left in the contest.

WSU did not wait long after to claim its first lead of the second as a Daria Fazier layin with seven minutes left gave the Shockers a 52-50 advantage and Kinder's 3-pointer 30 seconds later extended Wichita State's lead to 55-52, tying its biggest lead of the contest to that point, capping an 11-2 run over a span of just more than two minutes.

A three-point play by freshman Samantha Smith gave WSU a 58-53 lead with just under five minutes left to play before a Kinder 3-pointer put the Shockers up by six with less than three minutes in the game, 61-55.

WIU's Stephanie Lovingood responded with four-straight points to close the Shocker advantage to 61-59. Frazier fouled out with 2:13 left on an offensive foul, leaving WSU's bench a player short of the final two minutes, but Western couldn't capitalize, as Stephens' 18th point of the night came at the top of the key as the shot clock was winding down, giving WSU a 63-59 lead.

WIU's O'Brien connected on a jumper with just over a minute left to cut the WSU lead to 63-61, but Stephens responded yet again, sinking a 12-footer from the baseline to secure the Shockers' second-straight win.

Butler 83, Indiana State 70
Indiana State nearly overcame a hot-shooting first half from Butler in the opening game of the 2007 State Farm Hoosier Classic at Valparaiso, but the Bulldogs’ 13-point halftime advantage proved to be to big of a hill to climb as ISU fell 83-70 to Butler on Saturday afternoon.

Indiana State fell to 4-2 on the season while Butler improved to 6-1.
ISU fell to 6-2 all-time in the State Farm Hoosier Classic, losing just once to Valparaiso (2001) as well as once to Butler (today).

The Butler Bulldogs, who entered the game hitting only 31.3% of their shots from 3-point range, connected on 10-of-18 (55.6%) from downtown in the opening half to stake themselves to a 45-33 lead at the break. On the flip side, Indiana State hit just 2-of-9 3-point attempts in the opening stanza, while putting down 42.9% of their shots from the field.

While Butler cooled considerably from long range in the second half, going 0-of-4 from 3-point territory, the Sycamores gave up 12 second chance points off of 14 Butler offensive rebounds and were not able to completely climb their way back into the contest.

The Sycamores made their greatest stand of the game in the second half when they trailed 57-42 with 14:29 left in the game. ISU rattled off four consecutive points on free throws by Heather Seyfred and Laurence Rivest. After a bucket by the Bulldogs, Indiana State’s Angela Phillips connected on a 3-pointer with 11:52 left to make it 59-49 and then she laid the ball up in transition to cut the lead down to 59-51.

Indiana State further cut into the advantage on a steal and break-away lay-up by Laura Rudolphi to make it 59-53 with 10:58 left, but the Sycamores could get not closer and Butler stretched the lead to as many as 20 points over the final six minutes of the game in emerging victorious, 83-70.

ISU was paced in scoring by Rudolphi, who scored 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field as well as a 4-of-4 effort from the charity stripe. She added eight rebounds as well as a career-best five blocked shots in the game. Rudolphi now has 114 career blocked shots, an ISU record.

Angela Phillips, coming off a 33-point effort at Eastern Illinois earlier in the week, scored 14 points, hitting a pair of 3-pointers.
Kelsey Luna added seven points as well as seven rebounds to the effort.

For the game, Indiana State hit 43.9% of their shots while Butler stroked 43.1% of its attempts through the bucket. Butler out-rebounded the Sycamores by a 43-36 margin.

The Sycamores were 5-of-20 from the 3-point line in the game. Butler finished 10-of-22.

The Bulldogs were paced with 20 points from Lade Akande, who hit
9-of-18 shots from the field. The Bulldogs had two players, Susan Lester with 16 points and 10 rebounds as well as Candace Jones with 14 points and 10 rebounds, post double-doubles.

UALR 65, Bradley 40
Bradley was expecting to benefit from a little southern hospitality on its first-ever trip to the state of  Arkansas, but host Arkansas-Little Rock was not very accommodating as the Trojans downed the Braves 65-40 in non-conference women’s basketball action Saturday at the Jack Stephens Center. 

UALR (5-2 overall) was one of the top defensive team’s in the nation last year and the Trojans picked up where they left off, limiting the Braves to a season-low 40 points and 30.4 percent shooting.  Bradley (2-5 overall) also committed 26 turnovers in the contest and was outrebounded by UALR 40-33.

The Braves scored the first point of the game on a Monica Rogers (Forsyth, Ill./St. Teresa/Hampton) free throw, but UALR would respond with an 11-2 run keyed by two three-pointers by Peoria, Ill., native Nikya Hughes as the Trojans took an 11-3 lead.  A Kim Sitzmann three-pointer with 5:17 left in the first half capped a 9-0 spurt that pushed the UALR advantage to 17 points (28-11).  The Trojans would lead by as many as 18 in the first half and held a 36-20 lead at the break.

Bradley was held to two points over the first 7:30 of the second half, allowing UALR to extend its lead to 24 points (46-22) with 12:30 remaining.  The Braves would never cut the deficit to under 22 points as the Trojans cruised to the 65-40 victory.  Bradley shot 25.9 percent (7-for-27) from the floor, including 11.1 percent (1-of-9) from beyond the arc and committed 13 turnovers in the second half.

Senior Rachel Merriman (Peoria, Ill./Notre Dame/Illinois Central) and sophomore Skye Johnson (Olympia Fields, Ill./Marian Catholic) led the Braves with eight points each.  The duo hit 7-of-11 shots from the field and each came away with three steals.  Sophomore Jenny Van Kirk (Waconia, Minn./Waconia) and junior Megan Klingler (Lawrence, Kan./Lawrence/Coffeyville) tied for the team lead with six rebounds apiece.

Hughes led UALR with 15 points and snagged nine rebounds.  Chastity Reed added 13 points and 10 rebounds off the bench as four Trojans scored in double figures.  UALR shot 41.1 percent from the field, including 38.5 percent from three-point range.