Hot first-half effort carries WSU over SMU

WICHITA, Kan. (WSU) – Wichita State held SMU to 22.2 percent shooting for the game and led almost wire-to-wire in a 53-42 win over the Mustangs Sunday afternoon in Charles Koch Arena.

Wichita State (11-13, 4-7) shot 50 percent in the first half, but went just 4-for-24 from the field after halftime and finished 32.6 percent for the game. The Shockers were 8-for-22 from beyond the arc, setting a new season high with their eight made three-pointers.

SMU (8-17, 2-10) outrebounded WSU 45-25, but committed 29 turnovers and hit only 5-of-25 three-point attempts to go with its 22.2 percent shooting overall. The 29 forced miscues set a season high for the Shocker defense.

Sabrina Lozada-Cabbage collected her 10th game in double-figures with a team-high 12 points – all before halftime. Seraphine Bastin left her fingerprints all over the game, finishing with 10 points, a season high nine assists and six rebounds. Carla Bremaud added 11 points behind 3-of-8 shooting from long distance.

Kayla White was the lone Mustang in double-figures with 14 points.

Bremaud and Bastin combined to score the first 11 points for Wichita State to help build an early 11-4 lead four minutes into the game. SMU missed nine of its first 11 attempts from the field, while the Shockers started 4-of-7 behind a pair of Bremaud three-pointers.

Following an SMU three, Wichita State would score the next 10 points to open a 21-7 lead and just 1:30 remaining in the quarter. Jaida Hampton and Cesaria Ambrosio both cashed in on three-pointers during the run.

A pair of Trajata Colbert free throws would put the finishing touches on the quarter, sending WSU into the second with a 23-7 lead. The Shockers hit 58 percent of their attempts, including 4-of-8 from long range. SMU made just two of its 15 shots (13.3 percent), while turning it over seven times.

Three minutes into the second period, Wichita State held a 28-11 lead after a Lozada-Cabbage jumper and Ashley Reid trey. Lozada-Cabbage converted on a three-pointer after a few empty possessions to make it 31-14 with 4:30 to go until halftime.

Lozada-Cabbage drained another three-pointer and Jaida Hampton made all three free throws with 0.6 seconds left after being fouled on a three-point attempt to send the Shockers into the locker room with a 37-18 lead.

The senior, Lozada-Cabbage, led all scorers with 12 first half points to help WSU finish the half shooting 50 percent from the field, including a 7-of-13 mark from downtown. On the defensive end, WSU held the Mustangs to 16.1 percent (5-for-31) shooting and 3-of-14 from deep.

Wichita State wouldn't score its first point of the third quarter until the 3:45 mark on a Bastin dish to Ambrosio in transition. Prior to Bremaud's three-pointer with 29 seconds left in the quarter, WSU missed 12 of its 13 field goals and would finish the period just 2-of-15.

Despite a poor shooting performance in the frame, WSU still led 42-27 entering the final quarter.

Midway through the fourth, WSU continued to keep its lead in double-digits, 48-31, coming on the heels of a Bremaud baseline floater.

SMU held the Shockers without a field goal for the final 5:09, but could only cut the deficit to 11.

Up Next
Wichita State welcomes UCF to Charles Koch Arena for its first-ever trip to Wichita on Wednesday, Feb. 20 for a 6:30 p.m. tip.