Shockers Ousted in American Athletic Conference Championship First Round

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (WSU release) For the second straight season Wichita State’s season came to an end in the first round of the American Athletic Conference Championship. The No. 10 seed Shockers fell 61-50 to the No. 7 seed Tulsa Golden Hurricane at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

Wichita State (12-18) and Tulsa met for the second time in four days after the home team took each regular season matchup.

Seraphine Bastin registered her first career double-double with 13 points (7-10 at the free throw line) and 10 rebounds, while also adding four assists. Carla Bremaud notched her team-leading 15th game in double-figures with 10 points. She finished just 4-of-11 from the field and 1-of-6 from beyond the arc. Raven Prince added nine points and Maya Brewer added eight – all in the first half.

Playing in her final game, Sabrina Lozada-Cabbage finished with four points and seven rebounds despite playing only one minute in the first half due to foul trouble. Fellow senior Cesaria Ambrosio also suited up for the last time, going scoreless in 15 minutes.

WSU finished the game shooting 31.4 percent and just 2-of-8 from beyond the arc, but did make 16-of-22 attempts at the free throw line. The Shockers won the rebound battle for the second game in a row vs. Tulsa (37-32).

Crystal Polk led four Golden Hurricane players in double-digits with 19 points. Tulsa forced 17 WSU turnovers, shot 39 percent from the field and converted at the free throw line (13-15).

The opening minute of action was shaky for the Shockers with Lozada-Cabbage picking up two quick fouls and WSU misfiring on its first four attempts to help Tulsa score the game’s initial five points.

After Tulsa opened a 14-7 lead, Wichita State answered with a 6-0 spurt to pull within a point at the 1:50 mark. Raven Prince scored inside, followed by a Brewer trey and a free throw from Bastin made up the run, but it would be Tulsa who would score the final four points of the quarter to lead 18-13 after 10 minutes.

Crystal Polk continued her strong play against WSU, leading the Hurricane with eight points in the period. Both teams shot 5-of-13 from the field. Tulsa capitalized at the free throw line, going 8-for-9 after forcing WSU into early foul trouble.

Brewer began the second quarter by completing a three-point play after a third offensive rebound on the possession to cut the TU lead to 18-16. The Hurricane continued to hold a lead between 2-5 points for much of the quarter until a pair of Maddie Bittle three-pointers gave TU its largest lead to that point, 31-24 with 2:00 minutes remaining.

As time expired to end the half, Tulsa’s Rebecca Lescay banked in a running three-pointer from the top of the key to send the Hurricane into the locker room with a 34-26 lead.

Brewer led WSU with eight first-half points with the Shockers shooting 33 percent from the field. Polk led all scorers with 10 points, as TU warmed up from the field down the stretch, finishing at 41 percent, including 4-of-11 from long range.

A pair of Prince free throws put the first points on the board to begin the third, but the Shockers would score just two points over the next 8:07, allowing Tulsa to push its lead to 45-30.

Bremaud’s three from the right wing finally snapped the drought with 1:24 left in the frame before TU wrapped up the quarter with a 47-35 lead. WSU was only 2-of-9 from the field in the quarter to go with six turnovers.

Another long scoring drought covering almost five minutes allowed Tulsa to maintain a double-digit lead. Bremaud ended it with a three-point play to make it 53-41.

The Shockers continued to trail by 13 for much of the final quarter before trimming the deficit to nine, but only 2:23 remaining. Tulsa would seal it at the free throw line in the final minute to end WSU’s season.