Wichita State tied a season high with eight made three-pointers and had three players in double-figures to give the Shockers a 71-49 win on Senior Night over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.
Wichita State (12-17, 5-11) sent its two seniors, Sabrina Lozada-Cabbageand Cesaria Ambrosio, out in style. The Shockers played their most complete game in conference action, shooting 46 percent overall and 8-of-21 from behind the line.
Seraphine Bastin registered a new career high with 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Playing in her final home game, Lozada-Cabbage notched her 13th game in double-figures with 13 points, while also grabbing six boards. Carla Bremaud added 11 points and Maya Brewer just missed her second straight double-digit outing with nine points.
Tulsa struggled beyond the arc, finishing just 3-of-20 and 36 percent overall. In the first meeting, Tulsa won the rebound battle convincingly, but tonight the Shockers outrebounded the Hurricane, 35-29.
Crystal Polk led all scorers with 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting.
Tulsa came out red-hot to open the game, hitting six of its first seven field goals to take a 12-6 lead, but Wichita State would answer with a 7-0 spurt to take its first lead, 13-12, at the 3:30 mark.
At the end of one quarter it was all tied up at 15 behind six points from Bastin and five from Bremaud. After Tulsa’s hot start, the Hurricane finished the quarter 7-of-15 from the field, while the Shockers hit 7-of-17 attempts.
Wichita State outscored the Hurricane 9-2 over the first 4:28, including six straight after a steal and score from Ambrosio forced a Tulsa timeout. Out of the timeout, WSU added to its run behind scores from Bastin and Trajata Colbert to cap the run at 10-0, giving the Shockers a 28-17 lead.
The Hurricane responded with a run of their own to trim the lead down to only three with 1:00 minute remaining before a Maya Brewer trey sent the home team into the locker room with a 33-27 lead.
WSU finished the half shooting 42 percent to Tulsa’s 41 percent, while the Shockers cashed in 3-of-11 attempts from long range. On the other side, Tulsa missed all eight of its three-pointers.
Bastin (8) and Lozada-Cabbage (7) paced Wichita State in the half, while Crystal Polk led all scorers with 12.
Back-to-back three-pointers from Bastin and Lozada-Cabbage quickly pushed WSU’s lead to 12 to begin the third quarter, leading to a Tulsa timeout just 2:30 into the period. Following Tulsa’s first three-pointer of the game, Bremaud knocked down a jumper and Ambrosio added a three to push the lead to 14, 44-30.
The lead grew to 16 on the heels of a Lozada-Cabbage tip-in and Brewer banking in a triple from the top of the key to force another Tulsa timeout and 2:03 remaining in the frame.
Through three quarters, WSU held a 53-36 lead with Tulsa just 1-of-11 from beyond the arc and outrebounded by six.
WSU continued to score at will in the final quarter, both at the rim and behind the three-point line. Colbert and Bastin opened the quarter with three-point plays and a Bremaud three-pointer made it 63-42 with 6:20 to go.
Tulsa called its final timeout at the 5:27 mark and the cushion at 19. That would be as close as it would get the rest of the way.