WICHITA, Kan. (RELEASE) Wichita State won its fourth straight game and overcame an eight-point fourth quarter deficit to dispatch No. 23 USF, 64-56, Sunday afternoon in Charles Koch Arena.
Wichita State (9-12, 4-3) held one of the better shooting teams in the country to just 31.3 percent overall and 3-of-22 from beyond the arc to record the upset. The Shockers also outrebounded the Bulls, 49-39.
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for USF (15-5, 5-2).
Diamond Lockhart was all over the court finishing with a team-high tying 16 points to go with eight rebounds and seven assists. Her eight rebounds set a new career high and the seven dimes tied a career best.
Rangie Bessard scored 11 of her 16 points in the second half. Bessard also added seven boards, two assists, two blocks and two steals. Angiee Tompkins finished with 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting.
Sabrina Lozada-Cabbage grabbed a season-best 10 rebounds and Cesaria Ambrosio flirted with a double-double adding nine points and eight rebounds.
The Shockers held USF’s leading scorer to 16 points on 6-of-21 from the field (0-8 from three). Maria Jespersen finished with a double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds).
Wichita State utilized a 9-0 run to erase an early 6-2 USF lead behind four points off the bench from Tompkins, a triple from Bessard and a short corner jumper from Sabrina Lozada-Cabbage.
The Shocker defense was solid in the first 10 minutes, limiting USF to just 32 percent shooting, including an 0-for-7 mark from long range. After one quarter Wichita State held a 15-12 lead thanks to the help of six offensive rebounds.
Five different Shockers scored in the period with no one having more than four.
USF took its first lead in the opening minutes of the quarter, but a Tompkins three gave the Shockers the lead right back. Tompkins added another score for her ninth point of the game to tie the game at 24.
A 6-0 spurt gave the Bulls a 29-24 lead with less than 2:00 minutes on the clock. The Shockers went more than four minutes of game time without a score to help USF take the lead. Wichita State was also facing foul trouble with four players on the bench with two fouls (Bessard, Tompkins, Thompson and Lozada-Cabbage).
Lockhart snapped the cold spell, but the Shockers trailed at the break 31-26. Both teams struggled from three-point range with USF hitting only 1-of-12 attempts and the Shockers 2-of-6.
The Bulls upped their lead to nine (40-31) just a little over two minutes into the half behind six quick points from Laksa.
Wichita State cut the lead to two with less than 2:00 minutes in the quarter following a Lockhart jumper in transition and a three-point play from Bessard. USF answered back with four straight to take a 52-44 lead into the final quarter.
Three Shockers had entered double-figures led by Tompkins’ 11.
Through three quarters, Wichita State’s defense held USF to just 3-of-20 from beyond the arc.
To open the fourth, Wichita State blitzed the Bulls with a 10-0 run to take its first lead since early in the first quarter, 58-54. A lead WSU would not relinquish. The Shockers got the lead after a steal and score plus the foul for Ambrosio and then Lockhart came back with a trey. WSU went scoreless over the next few minutes and finally capped the run at 12-0.
USF went more than half the quarter without a score before finally getting an offensive rebound and putback to cut the deficit to 60-56 with 59.1 seconds left. They would come no closer.
Lockhart added three free throws and Lozada-Cabbage hit 1-of-2 to put the finishing touches on the victory.
Wichita State outscored USF 20-4 in the final quarter to overcome an eight-point deficit to start the period.
Wichita State makes a road swing at Memphis and ECU, beginning with a matchup vs. the Tigers on Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. CT. The Shockers then visit Greenville, N.C., to take on the Pirates Jan. 30.