MEMPHIS (RELEASE) Behind 22 points from Rangie Bessard and a career-high 19 from Cesaria Ambrosio, Wichita State recorded a road win at Memphis, 77-64, and moved its winning streak to five in a row.
Wichita State (10-12, 5-3) upped its season-high winning streak to five consecutive and moved evened the all-time series with Memphis to 2-2.
Rangie Bessard scored a game-high 22 points and added six rebounds, three assists, five blocks and two steals. She finished 11-of-16 from the field to help Wichita State shoot 53.3 percent overall.
Cesaria Ambrosio tallied a career-high 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Ambrosio also handed out a team-high tying six assists. Diamond Lockhart stuffed the stat sheet again, finishing with 17 points, six rebounds and six assists.
The Shockers finished the game with a season-best 25 assists on 32 made field goals and outrebounded the Tigers, 29-26. Memphis knocked down 10 triples in 21 tries and shot 48 percent overall.
Brea Elmore led five Tigers in double-figures with 15 points, while Cheyenne Creighton (14), Taylor Barnes (13), Jada Stinson (12) and Alana Davis (10) rounded out the scoring.
Memphis hit a pair of three-pointers to open the game, but a Shocker 11-0 run covering 3:20 put Wichita State in front 13-6. Lockhart hit her first three attempts to give her seven early points.
On the defensive end, Wichita State forced five Memphis turnovers and held the Tigers to 2-of-6 shooting over the first six and a half minutes.
The Shockers led by as many as eight in the first quarter before taking a 21-15 lead into the second. WSU was able to turn the five Memphis turnovers directly into 11 points. The Shockers handed out six assists on nine made field goals in the first 10 minutes.
Memphis pulled within two after play resumed, but again the Shockers answered with a 6-0 spurt to go up 27-19.
Bessard scored eight straight points for Wichita State to make it 35-29 with 2:45 remaining in the half. Both teams had pushed their field goal percentage above 50 percent after hitting six of their first nine attempts.
Bessard would finish the half with a game-high 14 points to give the Shockers a 39-34 halftime lead. Creighton led the Tigers with 10 points.
WSU hit 8-of-13 attempts in the period and converted on 56.7 percent for the half. The Shockers dished out an impressive 14 assists on 17 made field goals. Memphis didn’t help themselves with 12 turnovers because they shot 52 percent, including 6-of-12 from long range.
An 8-2 Shocker run gave Wichita State its first double-digit lead of the game four minutes into the half. The Tigers missed their first five field goal attempts to help WSU extend its lead.
The two teams would trade baskets over the final five minutes, sending Wichita State into the final frame with a 55-47 lead. After a red-hot shooting first half, both Memphis and WSU shot less than 40 percent in the third.
Through three quarters Wichita State had 20 assists, tying its season high.
Wichita State upped its lead to 14 with less than 7:00 minutes on the clock with four points each from Bessard and Ambrosio.
Memphis would not go quietly with back-to-back treys to shrink the deficit to seven, 69-62, with 2:50 remaining.
Wichita State hit its free throws down the stretch to ice the game, going 7-of-8 from the line.
Wichita State wraps up its two-game road swing with a stop on the East Coast in Greenville, N.C. The Shockers will matchup with ECU on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. CT on the American Digital Network.