WICHITA, Kansas – The Wichita State women’s basketball team will make its second-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance when they head to University Park, Pa. to play No. 3 seed Penn State as the No. 14 seed on Sun., Mar. 23 at 11:30 a.m.
The Shockers carry the best record in school history at 26-6, and are coming off their second-straight Missouri Valley Conference regular-season and tournament championships.
In its first NCAA Tournament appearance in program history last season, Wichita State fell to Texas A&M 71-45 in the first round. Michelle Price led the way for the Shockers in that game, scoring 12 points, while pulling down three rebounds.
This season, junior Alex Harden leads Wichita State in scoring at 17.1 points a game and is a two-time All-MVC First Team selection, two-time All-MVC Defensive Team member and two-time MVC Defensive Player of the Year. Averaging 18.7 points and 7.3 rebounds a game in St. Charles over the weekend to lead the Shockers to the tournament title; Harden was also named the MVC Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player for the second year in a row.
Price and Jamillah Bonner were each named to the MVC All-Tournament Team, All-MVC First Team and All-MVC Defensive Team.
The Shockers are led by sixth-year head coach Jody Adams, who earlier this season became the winningest coach in Wichita State history and has directed the program to its best 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-year win totals in addition to the school record of 26 wins this season. She will be making her third appearance in the NCAA Tournament as a head coach after winning a national championship as the point guard at Tennessee in 1991. She also took Murray State to the tournament in her only season as head coach there in 2007-08.