Michelle Price earned her ninth double-double of the season with 16 points and 13 rebounds as Wichita State fell to Indiana State 63-51 on Sunday afternoon inside Charles Koch Arena.
Indiana State’s Jasmine Grier led all scorers with 22 points that included 5-of-7 from beyond the arc.
With the score tied at six in the opening minutes, Indiana State went on a 10-0 run to put it up 16-6 with 12:18 remaining in the first half. A pair of Alex Harden free throws ended the Sycamore run and cut their lead to 16-8.
The Shockers continued to cut into the deficit and went on a 13-1 run to close out the half. Michelle Price connected on a layup with a little more than two minutes remaining in the half to give Wichita State a one-point advantage, 22-21, heading into the locker room.
Price led the Shockers with seven points and 11 rebounds in the first 20 minutes. Michaela Dapprich scored five points, while Alex Harden added four points and two assists. The Shockers shot 8-for-31 (.258), while Indiana State shot 7-of-19 (.368) in the first half. The Wichita State defense forced 14 turnovers and had seven steals.
Indiana State opened half with a three but Jamillah Bonner answered with a three of her own to tie it at 24. The Sycamores then scored seven consecutive points to pull ahead 33-26 with 16:32 remaining in the game.
Kelsey Jacobs hit a jumper in the paint at the 14:02 mark to cut the deficit to 37-34, before Indiana State went on another run, this time 9-0, to take a 12-point lead, 46-34.
The Sycamores led by as many as 17 before the Shockers started to chip away at the lead. The Shockers rattled off seven consecutive points to cut the lead to 60-50, taking advantage of three consecutive Sycamore turnovers. However, that is as close as the Shockers would get down the stretch as Indiana State defeated Wichita State 63-51.
Wichita State is next in action on Thursday, Feb. 27 when it travels to Evansville to take on the Purple Aces at 7:00 p.m. on MVC TV.