Jamillah Bonner, Alex Harden and Michelle Price all scored in double figures and the Shocker defense forced 19 turnovers as the Wichita State women’s basketball team defeated Green Bay 63-58 on Sunday afternoon inside the Kress Events Center.
Bonner, Harden and Price scored 16, 15 and 11 points respectively, while Price completed a double-double, grabbing 10 rebounds.
Green Bay started the game off with a three-pointer, but Harden answered with a three of her own to tie the score at 3-3 in the early minutes. The Phoenix scored five consecutive points before Harden hit another shot from beyond the arc to keep Wichita State within arm’s length, 8-6.
Two free throws from Michelle Price tied the game at 11 with 14:48 remaining in the half, but Green Bay went on a 6-0 run, and eventually went up by eight, 21-13 at the 9:22 mark.
After the Shockers had cut the Phoenix lead to two, back-to-back threes from Bonner put Wichita State ahead 27-26 at the 3:48 mark, and the Shockers went into the locker room up 31-30.
Wichita State shot 11-for-29 (.379) in the first half and forced 10 turnovers. Bonner and Harden led the scoring in the first half for the Shockers with eight points each. Green Bay shot 10-for-23 (.435) from the floor, including 2-for-6 from behind the arc.
A layup by Harden early in the second half stretched the Wichita State lead to six, 38-32. Green Bay stayed in the game with their three-point shooting, but the Shockers never let them take back the lead.
With 7:20 remaining in the game, Harden answered a Phoenix three-pointer with a big three of her own that put Wichita State back up eight, 55-47. After Green Bay had once again cut the Shocker lead, this time to one with just over two minutes remaining, Bonner’s two-point jumper stopped the run.
Kelsey Jacobs hit two big free throws with four seconds remaining to make it a two possession game and Harden hit another with one second left to seal the Shocker victory.
Wichita State will return home for the Wichita State Winter Classic on Dec. 21-22. The Shockers will first take on Austin Peay on Sat., Dec. 21 inside Charles Koch Arena at 3:30 p.m.