Wichita State completes 17-point deficit for comeback win

WICHITA, Kan. – Wichita State was down 17 at halftime but held North Texas to 12 points in the second half to complete a 57-53 win over Mean Green Saturday afternoon at Charles Koch Arena.

Wichita State (3-1) seemed like two completely different teams in the two halves. After conceding 41 points in the first half, a season high, Wichita State went into a trapping zone defense. That defense held North Texas to 4-of-27 from the field and just 12 points after halftime.

The 17-point comeback is the biggest of the Keitha Adams Era who defeated a 16-point comeback against Tulsa on January 15, 2020.

Jane Asinde scored 10 of their team-best 13 points after halftime to lead the charge. Curtessia Dean 12 points added and Trajata Colbert grabbed 11 rebounds.

Shamarya Duncan was a key figure in the second half, scoring all nine points after halftime, including five big ones early in the last quarter.

The Shockers finished the game by shooting 40 percent from the field and passing North Texas 13-14 on offensive end.

After scoring 25 points in the first half, Quincy Noble was limited to just five in the second half. She scored 30 of the 53 points for the mean green.

Wichita State took an 11-5 lead early in the opening minutes, behind five quick ones DJ McCarty points and a pair of steals, but North Texas would end the period on a 14-3 run. North Texas would lead 19-14 after 10 minutes.

The Mean Green would take that momentum into the second quarter after a 7-0 run, increasing the lead to double digits. With 2:28 at halftime, Wichita State pulled back within nine, but North Texas capitalized on a 10-2 sprint in the final minute 1:49 to put its biggest lead of the half in the dressing room, 41-24.

The Wichita State defense had no answer for North Texas’ Quincy Noble, who outclassed the Shockers alone. Noble torched Wichita State for 25 first-half points on 10-of-15 shooting and 5-of-7 from beyond the arc.

As a team, North Texas was 7-on-13 from long range and shot 59 percent overall while forcing 16 turnovers in Wichita State. Offensively, Wichita State was just 1-of-7 from three-point range and 32 percent from the field.

A reinvigorated team came out of the locker room after halftime for Wichita State. Behind Asinde’s 10 points, Wichita State beat North Texas 18-7 in the third quarter, making it a 48-42 game.

The last 10 minutes was all Wichita State. The Shockers scored 15 points against the North Texas five, resulting in a 33-12 score in the second half.

With two 2:54 left, Dean converted the game by connecting Jumper, and then four points from McCarty gave the Shockers a final lead. North Texas went from 7:28 to 12 seconds into the game without a point.

Wichita State travels to Los Angeles over Thanksgiving for the LMU Thanksgiving Classic, where they face Montana and Loyola Marymount on November 25th and 26th.