Shockers Defeat Grambling State on Kids Day With a season-high 7,356 in attendance, mostly of energized elementary kids, Wichita State ended a three-game skid and defeated Grambling State on Tuesday afternoon at Charles Koch Arena.
Shyia Smith led the Shockers with 15 points and grabbed a season-high eight rebounds, while Carla Bremaud and Jaida Hampton added 14 points each. Bremaud also stepped up grabbing a season-high six rebounds. Raven Prince chipped in 10 points - eight in the first half.
The Shockers finished the game shooting just 38 percent and 4-of-13 from beyond the arc, but won the rebounding battle, 35-32 and forced 26 turnovers. The Tigers hit 5-of-18 attempts from 3-point range and 46 percent overall.
After Grambling State took an 11-8 lead midway through the first quarter, Seraphine Bastin's 3-pointer knotted the game. A basket from Bremaud allowed the Shockers to take a one-point lead, with a steal and layup from Cesaria Ambrosio extending the advantage with under a minute to go.
The Shockers took a 19-16 lead after the first 10 minutes, shooting 53 percent from the floor.
Following another basket by Bremaud at the five-minute mark, a 3-pointer by Grambling State cut the Shocker lead to two. Two consecutive layups for the Tigers tied the game at 31-31 with 11.9 seconds to go, and Grambling State shooting 54 percent in the second quarter.
Holding the Shockers to 25 percent shooting in the period, Grambling State came from behind to tie the game heading into the locker room.
With Grambling State shooting 20 percent in the first four minutes of the second half, the Shockers jumped out to a three-point lead. Seven straight points from Hampton stretched the Shocker lead to six with four minutes to play in the third quarter. Hampton would end the period with nine points.
Bremaud gave the Shockers momentum heading into the final 10 minutes, knocking down a 3-pointer to put the Shockers ahead 53-46. She followed up with another one from downtown to start the fourth quarter that put Wichita State ahead by 12.
Hampton kept the rain storm of threes coming that gave the Shockers a 61-46 lead, forcing Grambling State to call a timeout with 8:19 left. The Tigers cut the deficit to single digits, but a three-point play from Smith pushed the lead back out to 10.
Grambling would come no closer than eight points the remainder of the game.
Wichita State (6-4) plays their next game in Las Vegas, competing in the Duel in the Desert, and faces Northwestern on Dec. 19.