NORMAL, Ill. — Despite a 22-point, 10-rebound double-double from Haleigh Lankster, the Wichita State women's basketball team fell short, 68-62, at Illinois State Thursday night. The defeat drops the Shockers out of first place in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Wichita State turned the ball over 20 times, the team's highest total in MVC competition, and forced just 10 Redbird miscues. That soured a return to form in the rebounding department, where the Shockers held a 34-27 advantage.
Illinois State scored the first seven points of the game before WSU rallied and took its first lead of the game, 21-20, on a Jazimen Gordon jumper with 7:13 remaining in the first half. From there the score stayed tight until Illinois State's Allison Seberger drained a three-pointer from the top of the key with seven seconds left to give the Redbirds a six-point advantage.
Jessica Diamond quickly followed with the play of the game, a last-second shot from just past half court that swished through the net to pull Wichita State within 30-27 at the half.