Wichita State paired one-quarter of great offense with three quarters of suffocating defense to notch its fourth win in six games.
The Shockers (11-13, 4-7) smothered the SMU Mustangs (8-7, 2-10), winning 53-42 despite cooling on offense in the second half. The game was not as close as the final score indicated, as Wichita State led by 18 with less than two minutes to go.
The Shockers scored 23 points in the first quarter and shot 7 of 13 from 3 in the first half to build a 37-18 halftime lead. Wichita State’s guards were able to penetrate and kick, leading to open jump shots all over the court.
Seraphine Bastin served as the fulcrum of that strategy, nearly achieving a rare triple-double with 10 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds.
SMU’s larger front line did help the Mustangs shoot more than 20 free throws. But the visitors scored just 27 points through three quarters after blasting Wichita State, 78-50, on Jan. 15.
A little more than one month later, the Shockers were stuck on that same number (50 points) with 1:52 to play, this time with a 16-point lead. That’s the kind of defense Wichita State played until a flurry of SMU buckets in the final 100 seconds.
Wichita State hosts UCF on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. CT. The Shockers are now 9-6 at home, but must face a UCF team that’s 20-4 overall.
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