Turnpike Tussle Preview

The No. 4 ranked Washburn Lady Blues will head to Emporia, Kan., to take on arch-rival Emporia State in the first edition of the 2007-08 Turnpike Tussle. The Lady Blues are 10-1 overall and 2-0 in the MIAA after topping Central Missouri 68-47 last time out in Lee Arena. The No. 16 ranked Lady Hornets are 8-3, 1-1 in the MIAA after falling at Southwest Baptist last time out 76-73. Washburn is playing its first game in a stretch of three straight games away from Lee Arena.

The top two scoring teams in the MIAA will play each other as well as Washburn travels to Emporia State Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the 187th meeting between the two in-state rivals. The Ichabods enter the game 9-2 and 1-1 in the MIAA while Emporia State is 5-6 overall and 0-2 in the league.

The game can be heard live on AM580 WIBW throughout Topeka and most of northeastern Kansas. The audio will also be streamed live through a link at wusports.com for free and fans have the option of watching a live webcast of the game at themiaa.tv for $5.50 a game.

The Ichabods earned their first MIAA victory with an 82-76 comeback win against Central Missouri Saturday while the Hornets lost their third straight game and sixth in the last seven in a 93-70 defeat at Southwest Baptist.

Washburn was 25th in the country while ESU was ranked 23rd in the NABC national poll released December 18. Both teams dropped out of Tuesday’s poll as Washburn went 3-1 since the last poll and ESU went 1-4.

Angel Santiago leads the Ichabods in scoring with 12.0 points a game, all off the bench, and he’s reached double figures seven straight times. DeAndre Townsend leads ESU and the MIAA with 20.6 points and three other Hornets are in double figures.

The all-time series between the two schools, the most played in both their histories, is tied at 93-93 after ESU has won the last four.

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