Washburn advances to second round of MIAA Tournament

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Washburn women's basketball team is moving on to Kansas City after beating Southwest Baptist 80-70 in the opening round of the MIAA Tournament on Monday night at Lee Arena.

The win snaps a four-year drought of not advancing past the first round for the Ichabods.

Washburn, the 7-seed, trailed by five at halftime but opened the second half on a 16-4 run.

Axelle Bernard scored a career-high 21 points (10-for-14) in the win.

Alexis McAfee recorded a double-double for the Ichabods, scoring 20 points and grabbing ten rebounds.

Washburn will face 2-seed Pittsburg State on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at Municipal Auditorium.