Wichita State (12-11, 3-7) at UCF (18-3, 10-1)
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022 | 5:00 PM CT | Addition Financial Arena
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WICHITA, Kan. † Wichita State begins a three-game road trip with a visit to Orlando to face the league-leading UCF Knights Wednesday night.
ON THE AIR
Wednesday’s game can be heard on the radio at KFH 97.5 FM/1240 AM with Steve Strain calling the action. Strain is in his eighth season as the radio voice for Wichita State women’s basketball. The game will also be televised on ESPN+ and the ESPN app.
LAST TIME OUT
Wichita State snapped a four-game losing streak with a 58-47 win vs. SMU last Saturday at Charles Koch Arena. Wichita State trailed by three heading into the fourth quarter, but outscored SMU 22-8 in the final 10 minutes to complete the comeback. Four Shockers finished in double figures led by Mariah McCully with 13 points. Asia Strong scored eight of her 12 points before halftime and Trajata Colbert poured into nine or her 11 after halftime. Jane Asinde registered her team-leading seventh double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Wichita State outrebounded the Mustangs 43-30, while limiting them to just five offensive rebounds, tied for a season low.
SCOUTING THE KNIGHTS
UCF is riding a six-game win streak and sits atop the American Athletic Conference standings at 10-1 and 18-3 overall. Two of their three losses this season were to teams ranked in the top 25. The Knights boast one of the nation’s top defenses, as they allow only 50.0 points per game – a mark that ranks 2nd nationally. UCF is a top 25 team in steals per game, field goal percentage, defense and limiting fouls. Diamond Battles scores a team-best 14.4 points per game to go with 75 assists and 48 steals. Tay Sanders also puts up double figures at 10.5 per game. Alisha Lewis ranks 16th nationally in steals per game (3.12) and 27th in steals (60). UCF averages 59.7 points per game and shoots 40.7 percent from the field.
THE SERIES VS. UCF
Wichita State and UCF have met only five times prior to Wednesday, having never met before Wichita State joined The American. The Shockers are still searching for their first win in the series after the Knights won the first meeting this season. Wichita State is 0-2 all-time vs. UCF in Orlando.
In the first meeting this season on Jan. 29, UCF held a double digit lead at halftime and eventually led by as many as 26 in the fourth quarter. The Knights won going away, 68-50 at Charles Koch Arena. Wichita State shot a season-worst 29.1 percent from the field and outrebounded by 14. The Shockers also recorded one of the worst games at the free throw line, going 10-for-19. Wichita State hero the Knights to just 1-of-11 from beyond the arc. UCF dominated in the paint, outscoring Wichita State, 38-14. Shamaryah Duncan was the lone Shocker in double figures with a career-high 12 points. Duncan scored all 12 of her points from three-point range where she was a career-best 4-of-5.
Junior point guard Seraphine Bastin returned to the line up on Feb. 6 vs. Tulsa after missing four straight games due injury. Bastin came off the bench for the first time in her career and chipped in 12 points and five rebounds in 19 minutes. With her out of the lineup Wichita State lost the rebound battle in all four games.
WANTED FOR THEFT
Wichita State Senior Guard Mariah McCully has been pest on defense for opposing offenses through 22 games this season. McCully had her streak of 14 straight games with a steal snapped vs. UCF, but has swiped at least one in 19 of the 22 games she’s played. She’s had multiple in 13 of the 22. Her 42 steals easily lead the team and rank seventh in the American Athletic Conference. Her 1.91 steals per game rank sixth in the conference. During her first season at Wichita State (2019-20), McCully had a career-long 19-game streak with a steal, including a career-high seven at Tulane on Feb. 16, 2020.
Wichita State is ranked in the top 100 nationally in10 categories after the first 23 games. The Shockers rank No. 9 in offensive rebounds per game (15.9), No. 14 in rebounds per game (43.57), No. 22 in total rebounds (1,002), No. 52 in rebound margin (5.3), No. 57 in field goal percentage defense (37.1), No. 64 in free throw percentage (74.5), No. 70 in blocked shots (94), No. 72 in blocks per game (4.1), No. 98 in three-point field goal defense (29.1) and No. 98 in steals (199).
Wichita State is off to an impressive start rebounding the basketball through its first 23 games. The Shockers have outrebounded all but seven teams and currently average 43.6 rebounds a game, which ranks 14th nationally. Their 1002 total rebounds rank 22nd in the NCAA. Wichita State ranks 9th in offensive rebounds per game and 52nd in rebound margin. As it stands now, Four different Shockers pull down at least 5.5 boards per game, led by Jane Asinde at 9.0.
DYNAMIC POINT GUARD
• Wichita State point guard Seraphine Bastin had her best season in a Shocker uniform in 2020-21. Bastin averaged 10.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.3 steals a game, while shooting 78.7 percent from the free throw line. The 5-foot-8 guard led the team in rebounding, assists, steals and double-doubles. In The American, Bastin ranked second in free throw percentage, third in assists, fourth in rebounding and fifth in assist-turnover ratio.
• She is off to another great start on the glass in 2021-22. Her 7.2 rebounds rank second on the team, and she’s already had five games with 10 boards. In all but three games she’s had five or more rebounds. Her season low is two.
• Bastin entered the Wichita State top 10 list for career assists on Nov. 26 vs. Alcorn State. She passed Allison Daniel who held the No. 10 spot with 308 career dimes. She has since moved into sole possession of 7th. Bastin is already in the top 10 for career assists per game at 3.8. Her 3.8 helpers rank ninth best in school history.
• The Dinant, Belgium, native has a bulldog mentality and that is evident in her rebounding. Bastin led Wichita State and ranked sixth in the American Athletic Conference in rebounding at 7.7 per game and 131 total rebounds in 2020-21. Her 131 rebounds were 15 more than the next closest Shocker, which was Trajata Colbert with 116. Bastin has been one of the program’s best rebounders since she arrived in 2018. She has 558 career rebounds, far and away the team’s active leader. She has averaged 4.6 rebounds or more every season, including her career best 7.7 in 2020-21.
A SHOCKER WIN WOULD…
… make them 13-11 on the season
…make them 4-7 in conference play
… improve their record to 5-6 on the road this season
… move them to 1-5 all-time vs. UCF
…snap UCF’s five-game win streak in the series
… bring Keitha Adams‘ record to 61-73 at Wichita State
…make Adams 345-282 at the Division I level
… run Adams’ career coaching record to 472-319
…make Wichita State 631-721 all time
A SHOCKER LOSS WOULD…
… make them 12-12 this the season
…make them 3-8 in conference play
… drop them to 4-7 on the road this season
…make them 0-6 all time vs. UCF
… bring Keitha Adams‘ record to 60-74 at Wichita State
…make Adams 344-283 at the Division I level
… lower Adams’ career coaching record to 471-320
…make Wichita State 630-722 all time
Wichita State continues its road trip with a pit stop in Memphis for round two vs. the Tigers on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 2 pm