Wichita State capped 2018 and non-conference play with a 66-50 win over Savannah State on Sunday afternoon at Charles Koch Arena.
Jaida Hampton tallied a team and new career high 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting (3-for-3 from beyond the arc). Carla Bremaud added 13 points and six rebounds and Seraphine Bastin stuffed the stat sheet with 11 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals.
Sabrina Lozada-Cabbage pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds to go with six points. Cesaria Ambrosio swiped five of the team’s 14 steals.
The Shockers shot below 30 percent in the first half, but found their stroke in the third quarter going 9-of-14 (64.3 percent) to finish at 40 percent for the game. WSU struggled at the free throw line and behind the line going 13-for-23 at the stripe and just 5-of-17 from downtown.
WSU’s defense held the Tigers to 31.5 percent shooting overall and 6-of-26 from long range, while also forcing 27 turnovers.
Savannah State jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first six minutes, making four of its first seven shots. Five consecutive points from Hampton cut the Shocker deficit to one possession, but the Lady Tigers quickly built their lead back up 18-7 at the end of the first quarter.
Two quick baskets for the Shockers cut the deficit to seven to open up the second quarter, with a jumper from Jada Peacock cutting the Savannah State lead down to three with four minutes left in the first half. A free throw from Bastin and a basket following an offensive rebound from Raven Prince tied the game at 19 all.
A turnaround layup jumper from Bastin allowed the Shockers to take their first lead of the game before Savannah State responded with two free throws that tied it up at 21 all heading into the locker room.
The Shockers started the second half going out in front with a three from Hampton and four straight points from Carla Bremaud. Forcing Savannah State to shoot 14 percent to start the third quarter, Wichita State took a 33-24 lead with just over five minutes to play.
Shyia Smith extended the Shocker lead with a three-point play, making it a 41-28 advantage with 2:36 left to play in the third quarter. The Shockers scored six straight baskets to end the the quarter, moving ahead 48-31.
Two baskets from Smith and a three from Bremaud gave the Shockers a commanding 22-point lead with under eight minutes left. Bremaud knocked down another one from downtown, putting Wichita State ahead 62-36 with 4:32 to play.
Wichita State (7-6) begins American Athletic Conference play at Tulsa on Friday at 7 p.m.