Nov 25, 2022

🏀 Cali Dreamin': Shockers ready for LMU Thanksgiving Classic

Posted Nov 25, 2022 12:24 AM
WSU Women travel to California for Thanksgiving Classic on Friday
WSU Women travel to California for Thanksgiving Classic on Friday

WICHITA, Ks—Wichita State Women's Basketball will travel to California to participate in the Loyola Marymount Thanksgiving Classic.

Wichita State recorded the largest comeback of the Keitha Adams era last Saturday vs. North Texas. The Shockers trailed by 17 at halftime, but outscored the Mean Green 33-12 in the second half to win 57-53 in Charles Koch Arena. After allowing 41 points on nearly 60 percent shooting in the first half, Wichita State turned the tables and held North Texas to 12 second half points on 4-of-27 shooting. North Texas' Quincy Noble outscored Wichita State by herself in the first half, 25-24, but finished with only five second half points. Jane Asinde scored 10 of her 13 points in the third quarter to help change the momentum. Curtessia Dean added 12 points and Trajata Colbert pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.

Montana is 2-2 through four games this season and Loyola Marymount is 1-3. Sammy Fatkin paces Montana in scoring and rebounding at 17.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Gina Marxen adds 14.0 points per game to go with a team-high 17 assists. As a team Montana averages 68.5 points and shoot 31.3 percent from beyond the arc. For Loyola Marymount, Alexis Mark and Ariel Johnson score 11.8 and 11.5 points per game. The Lions score 56.0 points per game, but allow 76.0 on 47.8 percent shooting. Loyola is just 12-of-60 from three-point range through four games.

This is the first-ever meeting between Wichita State and Montana.

This is the first-ever meeting between Wichita State and Loyola Marymount.

Wichita State senior Trajata Colbert has been the most consistent Shocker through the first four games of the season. Colbert has scored 10 or more points in three of the four games and is second on the team in scoring at 13.3 points per game, which would easily be a career high. To go with her three double figure games in scoring, Colbert also has two double digit rebound games. She had 10 in the opener vs. Alcorn State and 11 vs. North Texas on Nov. 19.

Wichita State completed the largest comeback of the Keitha Adams era on Nov. 19 vs. North Texas. The Shockers trailed by 17 (41-24) at halftime, but went on to outscore the Mean Green in the second half, 33-12. Wichita State's 17-point deficit bested the previous high of 16 vs. Tulsa on Jan. 15, 2020.

Senior Jane Asinde made her 2022-23 season debut on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at Oral Roberts. All she did was record her 10th career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. She is Wichita State's active double-double leader followed by Trajata Colbert with seven.

Despite the loss at Omaha on Nov. 12, Wichita State had two individuals record new career highs. Shamaryah Duncan scored 13 of her career-high 17 points after halftime behind a perfect night from three-point range. Duncan was 3-for-3 and was the only Shocker to connect a triple in the contest. DJ McCarty pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds and also dished out a career-high tying six assists.

Wichita State senior Trajata Colbert enters the season on the career charts at Wichita State for field goal percentage. Her career field goal percentage of 51.0 ranks 10th and sits behind Theresa Dreiling's 51.8 percent in ninth. Colbert also needs 18 blocked shots this season to crack the top 10 list at Wichita State. She enters with 73 career blocks and 10th place is currently 91.

Senior Trajata Colbert has improved dramatically the last two years at the free throw line. The Georgia native began her career shooting 42.1 percent as a freshman, 61.1 percent as a sophomore and 50.9 percent as a COVID sophomore. In 2021-22 she shot a career-high 76.0 percent and so far through three games in 2022-23, she is 13-for-15 (86.7 percent).

Wichita State went to overtime at Omaha on Nov. 12, marking the seventh time under head coach Keitha Adams the Shockers have played an OT contest. Wichita State is 3-4 in those games. Wichita State is 20-24 all-time in overtime games.

Head coach Keitha Adams bolstered her coaching staff in the offseason with the hire of Jim Littell as an assistant coach. Littell spent the last 11 seasons as the head coach at Oklahoma State, and the six years prior to that as an associate head coach for the Cowgirls. He compiled a 204-140 record in his 11 seasons as head coach of the Cowgirls. Littell was a two-time Big 12 Coach of the Year (2016, 2021), while leading Oklahoma State to six NCAA Tournament appearances, a WNIT title and seven Cowgirls achieved All-America status under his guidance. Adams and Littell are no strangers, however. It was at Oxford High School where Adams and Littell first met. Adams was on the basketball team at Oxford where she played for Littell, and the two have maintained a close friendship throughout the years. Littell was the head coach at Oxford High School from 1978-83, before building a powerhouse at Seward County Community College from 1991-2004.

For the sixth season in a row, the Shocker basketball team will feature several players from international countries. The 2022-23 Shockers feature eight student-athletes from international countries, which is the most in school history. Jane Asinde (Kampala, Uganda), Carla Budane (Maputo, Mozambique), Nhug Bosch Duran (Barcelona, Spain) and Tatiana Platonova (Moscow, Russia) return after a season in the program. They are joined by newcomers: Daniela Abies (Málaga, Spain), Ambah Kowcun (Adelaide, Australia), Ornella Niankan (Montreal, Canada) and Raissa Nsabua (Ottawa, Canada). In the 12 seasons prior to Keitha Adams taking over the program, Wichita State had one international player (Marija Pacar). Under Adams, 20 international players have played for the Shockers in just six seasons, representing 13 different countries. Associate Head Coach Ewa Laskowska leads the charge in international recruiting thanks to Stalowa Wola, Poland, being her hometown.

... make them 4-1 on the season
... make them 1-0 on a neutral court this season
... make them 2-1 on the road this season
... move them to 1-0 all-time vs. Montana
... move them to 1-0 all-time vs. Loyola Marymount
... bring Keitha Adams' record to 66-79 at Wichita State
... make Adams 350-288 at the Division I level
... run Adams' career coaching record to 477-325
... make Wichita State 636-727 all-time

... make them 3-2 this the season
... drop them to 0-1 on a neutral court this season
... drop them to 1-2 on the road this season
... make them 0-1 all-time vs. Montana
... make them 0-1 all-time vs. Loyola Marymount
... bring Keitha Adams' record to 65-80 at Wichita State
... make Adams 349-289 at the Division I level
... lower Adams' career coaching record to 476-326
... make Wichita State 635-728 all-time

Wichita State wraps up the month of November at home on Nov. 30 vs. Denver at 6 p.m.