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Dance Card: Wichita State, Missouri Valley champions

Shockers- but not a shocker.

Who? The Shockers of Wichita State.

What? An anthropomorphic shock of wheat named WuShock. I'm not making this up. Back in the 1900s, a lot of football players made money "shocking" wheat (harvesting it, that is, not traumatizing it).

Where? Wichita, Kansas, a "uniquely American" city.

When? March 17th, in Port Charles, Missouri.

Why? They won the Missouri Valley conference tournament.

How? Michaela Dapprich and Alex Harden each had 19 points as Wichita State withstood several runs from Illinois State to hold on to a 69-65 win.

Surprise? Predicted to finish second in the conference, they tied with Creighton for first and went ahead on the tiebreaker.

RPI: 62

SOS: 109

Record: 25-9 (16-3 MVC)

Good wins: At SMU.

Bad losses: Bradley.

Who's driving this thing? Jody Adams, since 2008. She's off the Summitt tree.

Extra, Extra! The Wichita Eagle.


Sophomore guard Alex Harden leads the way with 12.2 points per game; senior guard Jessica Diamond is right behind at 12.1. Harden also averages approximately four assists per game and leads the team with 5.1 rebounds. Jody Adams leans heavily on her backcourt, as both Harden and Diamond play over 33 minutes per game.