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Shocker Brew 1/29: Ready For Launch
Today, a men’s basketball recap and seven Shockers earn wins at the Wilson Invitational
Good morning! Wichita State honored its Shocker Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2024 this weekend as Alexis Harden, Cacy Williams, Charlie Giadurone and Taryn Torgerson had their legacies solidified.
What are we mixing into today’s Brew?
🏀 Men’s basketball tops Mustangs
👟 Seven Shockers earn wins at the Wilson Invitational
🌾 And much, much more!
🌾 ONE BIG THING
Wichita State put an end to its losing streak with an all-around performance, defeating SMU, 77-72 at The Roundhouse. The Shockers closed out the game on an 8-0 run over the final two minutes to secure the victory.
Peak Player of the Game, Harlond Beverley, scored a team-high 14 points and added five rebounds and four assists. Colby Rogers scored 12 and Dalen Ridgnal went 60% from beyond the arc to tack on an additional 11 points. The Mustangs came in ranked top 10 nationally in field goal defense, three-point defense and scoring defense, but Wichita State finished with 77 points on 46.7 percent shooting and 6-of-16 from three-point range.
Up next, Wichita State and Tulsa will square off for the first time this season on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
📈 STOCK UP
🔼 Seven’s Heaven. Having only entered half of the team, the Shockers were still able to come away with seven event wins at the Wilson Invitational. The Shockers’ only indoor event of the season saw Brady Palen (pictured) match his season best after clearing 2.15m in the high jump. It also saw Chidera Okoro sweep the horizontal jumps with season bests in the triple jump (12.08m) and the long jump (5.88m).
In the throwing events, Creighton Camp and Kylie Zimmer each claimed victories with Camp winning the weight throw with a personal best of 16.27m and Zimmer winning the shot put with a season best of 14.46m.
🔼 Fell In Four. Shocker women’s basketball gave up only 12 turnovers and out-rebounded Florida Atlantic 38-34, but were unable to come away with the win. Salese Blow led Wichita State for the seventh time this season with 16 points, and Jayla Murray put up a career-high 13 points. Raissa Nsabua also finished in double figures with a career-high 10 points.
Wichita State travels to Philadelphia, Pa. for a rematch with Temple on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
🔼 Feels Good To Be Home. Shocker men’s tennis broke its losing streak in the team’s home opener with a tight 4-3 win over Omaha. The win moved the Shockers’ all-time record to 6-0 against the Mavericks. The boys started hot and earned the doubles point thanks to back-to-back victories. In singles play, Alejandro Jacome, Kristof Minarik and Vanja Hodzic came out on top to earn the final three points needed to secure the win.
Men’s tennis is back in action next weekend when they head to Norman, Oklahoma to battle the hometown Sooners on February 2 at 5 p.m.
🔼 Ready For Launch. The Shockers began full practices on Friday as head coach Brian Green enters his first season with Wichita State. His observation is that outfielder Jaden Gustafson indeed learned from 2023 and is prepared to grab a prominent role.
🗣️ "I think he's turning himself into a prospect," Green said. "He's changed his swing. His balance is different. He is a guy we expect to have a very big season." - Brian Green
Gustafson played in 28 games last season, starting in 13, and hit .255 with eight runs and seven driven in. He finished with a .323 batting average over his final 14 games, and his progress continued in the summer with the Hutchinson Monarchs on the way to the NBC World Series title.
🤔 SHOCKER TRIVIA
Conference Crowns. Track and field put on a show this weekend in the three-day Wilson Invitational. Our question today: do you remember which two Shocker track and field athletes have earned conference awards this season?
Think you got it? Scroll down to the bottom of this email for the answer!
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🎉 TRIVIA ANSWER
Answer: Brady Palen and Jaleel Montgomery!
Both Shocker track and field athletes earned AAC Athlete of the Week honors following their performances at the Mark Colligan Memorial.
🌾 Have a great Monday, y’all!