Wichita State Rides winning streak in matchup against Denver

Wichita State (5-1) vs. Denver (2-4)
Wednesday, November 30th, 2022 | 6:00 p.m. CT | Charles Koch Arena
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IN THE AIR

Wednesday’s game can be heard online at GoShockers.com/Listen with Steve Strain announcing the action. Strain is in his ninth season as a radio voice for Wichita State women’s basketball. The game will also be broadcast on ESPN+ and the ESPN app.

LAST TIME-OUT
Wichita State ended a 2-0 weekend at the LMU Thanksgiving Classic with a 69-57 win over Loyola Marymount on Saturday. For the third straight game, Wichita State overcame a double-digit deficit to win for the fourth straight game overall. Jane Asinde averaged 21.0 points and 17.0 rebounds in the two games after a career-high 22 points and 15 rebounds against LMU. She also added four steals to go 10-of-15 from the field. Asinde opened the tournament with 20 points and a career-high 19 rebounds against Montana. Nhug Bosch Duran posted a new career high with 15 points on 3-of-4 from across the arc. DJ McCarty was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line to the end with 14 points and Curtessia Dean 12 points scored.

LOOKING FOR THE PIONEERS
Denver go into the matchup 2-4 in the season as they earn a win over New Mexico State. Emma Smith scores the top team with 13.4 points per game, followed by Jojo Jones and Makayla Minett with 10.2 points per game each. Minett averages a double-double with 10.5 rebounds to her 10.2 points and 12 blocks. Denver averages 61.2 points on 38.8 percent shooting. The Pioneers connect 27.4 percent of their three-point attempts and make 6.2 per game. Doshia Woods is in her third season at the helm of the Denver program after spending 10 seasons as an assistant at Tulane.

THE SERIES VS. DENVER
Wichita State and Denver have only met once before Wednesday’s matchup — a competition that was held in Denver a year ago.
The state of Wichita is hosting Denver for the first time.

LAST MEETING
Wichita State and Denver met just over a year ago on Nov. 15, 2021 β€” a contest that would go the way of Wichita State, 76-61. A great fourth quarter allowed the Shockers to pull away with a convincing away win. Though Denver made seven more threes than Wichita State, the Shockers made up for poor shooting performance by overtaking Denver 47-25 and having a near-perfect night at the free-throw line (16-17). Trajata Colbert powered the Shockers with a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Mariah McCully added 13 points and Asia Strong had 10 points and eight rebounds. Jane Asinde and DJ McCarty added 12 and 11 points from the bench.

TEXAS-BIG COMEBACK
Wichita State made the biggest comeback in history Keitha Adams Era on November 19 against North Texas. The Shockers were down 17 (41-24) at halftime, but edged Mean Green by 33-12 in the second half. Wichita State’s 17-point deficit surpassed the previous high of 16 against Tulsa on Jan. 15, 2020.

JANE HAS GAME
Wichita State Senior Jane Asinde was unstoppable for the Shockers. The Ugandan native has double-doubles in three of the four games she has played in, including two consecutive 20-point double-doubles at the LMU Thanksgiving Classic. Asinde opened the LMU Thanksgiving Classic with a career-high 19 rebounds before closing with 20 points against Montana and followed that with a career-high 22 points and 15 rebounds against Loyola Marymount.

ASINDE AWARDED PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior Jane Asinde was named American Athletic Conference Player of the Week on November 28. Asinde averaged 21.0 points, 17.0 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and shot nearly 60 percent from the field in two games of the LMU Thanksgiving Classic. Asinde had back-to-back 20 point, 19 rebound and 22 point, 15 rebound games against Montana and Loyola Marymount. She became the first shocker to receive the Player of the Week award since Rangie Bessard on January 15, 2018.

TAKE ON, CALL IT A COMEBACK
The state of Wichita has a habit of falling behind lately. The Shockers have trailed by double figures in each of their last three games and ended up winning them all: 17th, North Texas (Nov. 19); 11, Montana (November 25); 13, LMU (26 Nov). In those three games, Wichita State outscored their opponents 125-74 in the second half.

COLBERT DEPOSITS

Trajata Colbert has improved dramatically at the free-throw line over the past two years. The Georgia native started her career 42.1 percent as a freshman, 61.1 percent as a sophomore and 50.9 percent as a COVID sophomore. She posted a career-high 76.0 percent in 2021-22 and is 19-21 (90.5 percent) in six games in 2022-23.

EXTRA TIME REQUIRED
Wichita State went into overtime in two of its first five games of the season. The Shockers fell into overtime on November 12 in Omaha but rallied an overtime win over Montana on November 25. Wichita State is down 4-4 in overtime games Keitha Adams. Wichita State is 21-24 all-time in overtime games.

HOT START
Wichita State is 5-1 for the second straight season and is on a four-game winning streak. A Wednesday win over Denver would take them 6-1 for the fourth time in school history, joining teams in 2021-22, 1986-87 and 1980-81. Last year’s team opened 7-1 before suffering their second loss of the season.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKS
In six games, Wichita State ranks within the top 60 nationally in the following categories: #12 in defensive rebounds per game (31.7), #29 in rebounds per game (44.5), #28 in rebound Marge (10.3) and No. 31st field goal defense percentage (34.2). Jane Asinde ranks 18th nationally in doubles doubles (3). Trajata Colbert Ranked 33rd in field goal percentage (61.2%) and 47th in free throw percentage (90.5%).

WANTED FOR THEFT
junior guard DJ McCarty was a pest on defense for opposing offenses in six games. McCarty has recorded at least one steal in all six games and multiple steals in four of the six games. Her 15 steals are by far the most on the team and she ranks third in the American Athletic Conference and 91st nationally. Her 2.50 steals per game also ranks third in the US and 86th nationally.

A SHOCKER WIN WOULD…
… make them 6-1 in the season
… be her fifth win in a row
… make them 3-0 at home this season
… move them to 2-0 all-time against Denver
… bring Keitha Adams‘Record at 68-79 in the state of Wichita
…do Adams 352-288 at the Division I level
… bringing Adam’s career coaching record to 479-325
…they go 389-248 all-time at Charles Koch Arena
… make Wichita State 638-727 all the time

A SHOCKER LOSS WOULD…
… make them 5-2 this season
…go on a four-game winning streak
… drop them to 2-1 at home this season
… make them 0-1 all-time against Montana
… bring Keitha Adams‘Record at 67-80 in Wichita State
…Adams make 351-289 at the Division I level
… lower Adams’ career coaching record to 478-326
…they go 388-249 all-time at Charles Koch Arena
… make Wichita State 637-728 all the time

NEXT
Wichita State hosts New Orleans on Saturday, December 3 at 2 p.m. at Charles Koch Arena.

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