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Final

Illinois State 65

(23-10, 13-5 MVC)

Wichita State 69

(24-9, 15-3 MVC)

Coverage: ESPN3

3:05 PM ET, March 17, 2013

1 2 T
ILST 39 2665
WICH 40 2969

Top Performers

Illinois State: J. Russell 27 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 5 Stl

Wichita State: A. Harden 19 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

Wichita State makes NCAA tournament for first time

Associated Press

ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- Alex Harden and Michaela Dapprich scored 19 points each to lead Wichita State to a 69-65 win over Illinois State in the championship game of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament on Sunday.

The top-seeded Shockers (24-9) won the tournament for the first time and will be making their first NCAA tournament appearance.

Chynna Turner added 12 points and Jessica Diamond chipped in with 11 for Wichita State, which has won five in a row.

Jamie Russell led third-seeded Illinois State (23-10) with a game-high 27 points. Janae Smith added 19 points and Brianna Puni had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Redbirds.

Wichita State used a 10-2 run early in the second half to go in front for good at 52-49.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ILST
WICH
Points 65 69
FG Made-Attempted 25-53 (.472) 27-55 (.491)
3P Made-Attempted 2-7 (.286) 5-13 (.385)
FT Made-Attempted 13-17 (.765) 10-15 (.667)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 13 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
Largest Lead 5 11

Game Leaders

 
ILST
WICH
PointsJ. Russell 27A. Harden 19
ReboundsB. Puni 10C. Turner 7
AssistsA. Jenkins 3J. Diamond 4
StealsJ. Russell 5A. Harden 2
BlocksA. Jenkins 1C. Turner 2

2012-13 Season

DATEGAMELINKS
Feb 1, 2013 @WICH 66, ILST 54Recap | Box Score
Feb 28, 2013 @ILST 57, WICH 56Recap | Box Score
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