Three Shockers in double-figures combined with a stout defensive effort led Wichita State to a 57-48 road win at Memphis Wednesday night at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.
Wichita State (10-12, 3-6) held Memphis to 33 percent shooting, 3-of-21 from three-point range and outrebounded the Tigers.
Carla Bremaud collected her team-leading 11th game in double-figures with a game-high 13 points. She finished 3-of-5 from beyond the arc to go with five rebounds. Trajata Colbert just missed her season high with 11 points and Seraphine Bastin chipped in 12 points, five boards and four assists.
Colbert hadn’t played since Jan. 4 at Tulsa and hadn’t scored more than two points since November 17 vs. Houston Baptist, but came up big when her number was called tonight.
WSU finished the game shooting 43 percent overall and 6-of-21 from downtown.
The first 10 minutes saw both teams in a defensive battle with Wichita State leading 11-9 at the end of one quarter. The Shocker defense held Memphis to just 18 percent shooting with seven turnovers.
On the offensive end for WSU, four players contributed in the scoring column to finish the period shooting 36 percent.
An offensive rebound and putback from Colbert followed by a Bremaud three-pointer pushed Wichita State’s lead to five just 2:50 into the second quarter. Four more points from Colbert and another Bremaud triple upped the lead to 23-17 at the 4:20 mark.
Colbert provided a much-need spark in the first half after logging zero minutes over the last seven games.
Lozada-Cabbage’s three-pointer with 49 seconds remaining in the quarter briefly put WSU up by eight, its largest of the half, but Memphis would answer with one of its own to trim the lead to 27-22 at the half.
After 20 minutes of play, Wichita State was leading Memphis on the scoreboard and in field goal percent (41 percent to 35 percent), three-pointers made (4-1), turnovers (10 to 12), rebounds (16-14) and points in the paint (14-6).
Colbert (7) and Bremaud (6) led the Shocker scoring attack, while Memphis’ Alana Davis led all scorers with eight.
Both teams traded baskets over the first few minutes of the third quarter before Bremaud’s third three-pointer of the game gave the Shockers a six-point margin with 5:37 remaining.
The Tigers scored five straight to pull within a point with 1:00 minute to go before a Colbert 10-footer made it 38-35. Memphis would score the final points of the period on an offensive rebound to send the Shockers into the fourth with a 38-37 lead.
On Wichita State’s second offensive possession of the final quarter, Colbert again found herself in the right spot to score her 11th point and again giving the Shockers a three-point cushion. Just as WSU had made it a five-point game, Memphis got buckets on back-to-back possessions to make it 44-43 with 5:11 remaining and forcing a WSU timeout.
Out of the timeout Bastin would go on a personal 6-0 scoring run to give the Shockers a 50-43 lead with 3:30 left.
Cesaria Ambrosio would seal the win with a trey to make it a 10-point game with 1:05 remaining.
Wichita State travels to Cincinnati on Sunday, Feb. 10 to take on the Bearcats for a nationally-televised matchup on ESPNU at 1 p.m. CT.