Wichita State’s top stories of 2012

  1. 1. Men’s basketball wins the Missouri Valley Conference title and returns to the NCAA Tournament. Losing to VCU ended the run on a disappointing note. That shouldn’t detract from the regular season – going 16-2 in the MVC is impressive. The 8-0 record in February is about as good a month of basketball as this program has seen.
  2. 2. Baseball team finishes third in the MVC and sits out NCAA play for a third straight season. That sets up an interesting 2013, in which the pressure to reverse this decline increases.
  3. 3. Volleyball reaches the Sweet 16 with wins over Arkansas and Kansas. The Shockers took advantage of their draw to produce a memorable weekend in Lawrence. Few things delight Shocker fans more than taking down an in-state school that won’t play a regular-season match.
  4. 4. Distance runner Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton finishes third in the 5-kilometer in the NCAA indoor meet and seventh in the 3k. In the NCAA outdoor meet, she finishes second in 10k and fifth in the 5K. This fall, she finishes fourth in the NCAA cross country meet. WSU’s best athlete – any sport, any time, male or female? She is in the discussion.
  5. 5. President Don Beggs retires. Beggs hired former athletic director Jim Schaus and helped raise money to renovate and expand Levitt Arena into Koch Arena, two landmarks in the history of athletics at WSU. Athletics improved greatly during Beggs’ tenure, who was liked by coaches and administrators in the department.
  6. 6. Toure Murry wraps up one of the most productive careers in Shocker basketball history. He started as a freshman and played in 139 games, more than any other Shocker. His versatile skills allowed him to rank No. 11 in scoring, No. 1 in assists and No. 2 in steals.
  7. 7. Joe Ragland makes a jump from an inconsistent junior to an amazingly efficient senior. His 2011-12 season ranks among the best for shooting accuracy. He made 50.4 percent of his three (51-117), tops in Shocker history, and 56.8 percent of his shots (150-264). No Shocker point guard has scored more effectively than Ragland as a senior.
  8. 8. Murry, Ragland and Garrett Stutz play in NBA summer leagues before signing overseas contracts. Even if all they did was pass to No. 1 draft picks, that much borderline NBA talent is a sign of ┬áthe program’s rising stature.
  9. 9. WSU’s women’s tennis team wins its fourth straight MVC title and advanced to the NCAAs, led by senior Luftiana Budiharto. She ended her career with three MVC Player of the Year honors and tied second on WSU’s career wins list with 108. She qualified as an individual for the NCAA singles draw.
  10. 10. Men’s golf wins a fifth consecutive MVC title and played in the NCAAs for a seventh time in a row. The Shockers won seven tournaments in 2011-12.

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