WICHITA, Kan. Wichita State tied a season high with eight made three-pointers and had three players in double-figures to give the Shockers a 71-49 win on Senior Night over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.
Wichita State (12-17, 5-11) sent its two seniors, Sabrina Lozada-Cabbage and Cesaria Ambrosio, out in style. The Shockers played their most complete game in conference action, shooting 46 percent overall and 8-of-21 from behind the line.
Seraphine Bastin registered a new career high with 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Playing in her final home game, Lozada-Cabbage notched her 13th game in double-figures with 13 points, while also grabbing six boards. Carla Bremaud added 11 points and Maya Brewer just missed her second straight double-digit outing with nine points.
Tulsa struggled beyond the arc, finishing just 3-of-20 and 36 percent overall. In the first meeting, Tulsa won the rebound battle convincingly, but tonight the Shockers outrebounded the Hurricane, 35-29.
Crystal Polk led all scorers with 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting.
Tulsa came out red-hot to open the game, hitting six of its first seven field goals to take a 12-6 lead, but Wichita State would answer with a 7-0 spurt to take its first lead, 13-12, at the 3:30 mark.
At the end of one quarter it was all tied up at 15 behind six points from Bastin and five from Bremaud. After Tulsa’s hot start, the Hurricane finished the quarter 7-of-15 from the field, while the Shockers hit 7-of-17 attempts.
Wichita State outscored the Hurricane 9-2 over the first 4:28, including six straight after a steal and score from Ambrosio forced a Tulsa timeout. Out of the timeout, WSU added to its run behind scores from Bastin and Trajata Colbert to cap the run at 10-0, giving the Shockers a 28-17 lead.
The Hurricane responded with a run of their own to trim the lead down to only three with 1:00 minute remaining before a Maya Brewer trey sent the home team into the locker room with a 33-27 lead.
WSU finished the half shooting 42 percent to Tulsa’s 41 percent, while the Shockers cashed in 3-of-11 attempts from long range. On the other side, Tulsa missed all eight of its three-pointers.
Bastin (8) and Lozada-Cabbage (7) paced Wichita State in the half, while Crystal Polk led all scorers with 12.
Back-to-back three-pointers from Bastin and Lozada-Cabbage quickly pushed WSU’s lead to 12 to begin the third quarter, leading to a Tulsa timeout just 2:30 into the period. Following Tulsa’s first three-pointer of the game, Bremaud knocked down a jumper and Ambrosio added a three to push the lead to 14, 44-30.
The lead grew to 16 on the heels of a Lozada-Cabbage tip-in and Brewer banking in a triple from the top of the key to force another Tulsa timeout and 2:03 remaining in the frame.
Through three quarters, WSU held a 53-36 lead with Tulsa just 1-of-11 from beyond the arc and outrebounded by six.
WSU continued to score at will in the final quarter, both at the rim and behind the three-point line. Colbert and Bastin opened the quarter with three-point plays and a Bremaud three-pointer made it 63-42 with 6:20 to go.
Tulsa called its final timeout at the 5:27 mark and the cushion at 19. That would be as close as it would get the rest of the way.
Wichita State will open the American Athletic Conference Championship on Friday, March 8 in Uncasville, Conn., at the Mohegan Sun Arena.