TOPEKA, Kan. – Caysn Buchman had a career-high 26 points as 16th-ranked Washburn won its home opener, 87-58 over Southwestern Saturday at Schendel Court in Lee Arena.
Buchman was 9 of 14 from the field with four 3-pointers. She joined three others in double figures as Kara Lee scored 14 off the bench, Brittney Lynch had 12 and Janelle Travis scored 10. Lynch had her second double-double of the year with 14 rebounds, a career high.
The Ichabods improved to 3-2 and they will continue action at home Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. against Benedictine. Southwestern, ranked 14th in the NAIA, counted the game as an exhibition and remained 6-1.
Washburn shot just 41 percent from the field but held the Mound Builders to a 28 percent effort. Washburn did make 7 of 12 3-pointers while Southwestern made 6 of 26. Both teams shot exactly 16 of 24 (67 percent) from the free throw line.
The Lady Builders hit two early 3-pointers to take an 8-1 lead. Washburn responded with eight straight points to go up but SC went up again by four after five straight points from Jordan Hobbs. Buchman later hit two free throws at 13:26 to put the Ichabods up for good.
A 10-0 run later put Washburn up by 12 with 9:35 left in the half and Washburn led by 21 at halftime as Buchman scored seven points during a 9-0 run that ended the half.
The Builders only cut the lead inside of 20 once in the second half and Washburn was able to build a game-high 31-point lead when Travis hit a 3-pointer and then Brittney Lynch hit two free throws.
Buchman was two rebounds and three assists shy of a triple-double. She led Washburn with seven assists and second with eight rebounds. Lee and seven rebounds and Ally Nikkel had four assists.
Hobbs ended with a team-high 12 points for Southwestern and Jana Reichenberger had nine and a team-high seven rebounds.