Getting a lift from Sabrina Lozada-Cabbage’s career high 21 points, Wichita State cruised to a 76-39 victory in its season opener against Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Charles Koch Arena on Wednesday night.
Alyssia Faye led the Shockers in rebounding with eight, while Lozada-Cabbage snagged six boards. Jada Peacock added 11 points and Serephine Bastin came up with five assists while grabbing four rebounds and scoring nine points in her collegiate debut.
The Shockers started the first quarter with a 12-0 scoring run, capped off by a 3-pointer by Lozada-Cabbage. Wichita State opened the gap by going on another double-digit scoring run, with a three from Jaida Hampton and a free throw from Raven Prince giving the Shockers a 20-point advantage after the first quarter.
Behind Lozada Cabbage’s 10 first quarter points, the Shockers carried the momentum into the second quarter. Thanks to two threes from Peacock, Wichita State extended its lead to 23 with just over seven minutes to go in the first half.
Lozada-Cabbage continued her first-half tear all the way until the final buzzer, coming up with an and one basket and a jumper before a block gave the Shockers the final possession. The Shockers went into the locker room up 39-14 after a pass from Bastin set up the senior for another basket just before the buzzer.
After scoring the first six points of the second half, a jumper from Carla Bremaud put the Shockers ahead by 30 with 7:12 left in the third quarter. A three from Faye and a basket from Bastin put the Shockers ahead 52-21, with a block from Trajata Colbert setting up two free throws on the other end to give the Shockers a 56-26 lead after the third quarter.
Forcing the Golden Lions to shoot 31 percent in the third quarter, the Shockers continued to turn defense into offense. Dawnyel Lair got the fourth quarter started with a layup and a basket in the paint from Shyia Smith allowed the Shockers to go ahead 61-28 with 5:41 remaining.
The Shockers held Arkansas-Pine Bluff to 26 percent shooting on the and forced 22 turnovers, resulting in 20 points off turnovers while shooting 44 percent overall.
Wichita State (1-0) continues its home stretch with Missouri State on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. at Charles Koch Arena.