Hot start from Ignoto helps Ichabods in win over Oklahoma Christian
TOPEKA, Kan. – Taylor Ignoto hit all six of her first half 3-pointers and the Ichabods led by double digits the final 30 minutes Thursday in a 79-66 non-conference win over Oklahoma Christian. Washburn improved to 8-5 overall as head coach Ron McHenry earned his 350th career victory. He will go for his 200th career MIAA win Saturday at 5 p.m. as the Ichabods host Northwest Missouri at Schendel Court in Lee Arena.
The first of three halftime performers this season, the Kansas City Disc Dogs, will take the court for the women's and men's games. Ignoto made her first start and scored all 21 of her points in the first half as she was 7 of 8 from the field. She hit three 3-pointers in the first 1:38 to give Washburn a 9-2 lead and her fifth 3 at the 9:54 mark gave the Ichabods a 12-point lead. They kept it in double figures the remainder of the game. Casyn Buchman went 9 of 12 from the field for 19 points and Kara Lee had her first double-double of the year with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Honor Duvall led the Washburn bench with 13 points. Washburn shot 58 percent in the first half but cooled in the second half with a 38 percent performance to finish the game at 47 percent from the field. The Eagles, 6-7 overall in their second year in transition to NCAA Division II, shot 36 percent in the game. Washburn improved to 5-0 this year when returning from losses.
The Ichabods were outscored by eight points in the second half but never led by less than 11. They missed all nine of their 3-point attempts in the second half but the Eagles only shot a percentage point better than Washburn in the half. The Eagles used an 11-2 run early in the second half to get within 12 at 52-40 with 14:53 to play. Kara Lee's layup with just under 10 minutes to play pushed it back to a 20-point lead. The Eagles later had a 6-0 run that got them within 14 but they got no closer until hitting a pair of free throws in the final seconds to close Washburn's lead at 13. Washburn shot just 13 free throws in the game and made seven of them (62 percent). The Eagles were 20 of 28 from the line. McKenzie Stanford led OC with 14 points and Roz Hamilton and Krista Stevens each had 12.