TOPEKA, Kan. -- The Washburn Ichabods lost at home for the first time this season as Northwest Missouri rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit to top Washburn 83-76 on Schendel Court at Lee Arena. Washburn will be back in action next Saturday at home when they will host Pittsburg State.
Washburn (11-3, 4-3 MIAA) led 42-28 at the break after shooting 48 percent from the field while holding the Bearcats to 8 of 27 shooting for a 30 percent average as three different Ichabods scored at least eight points.
In the second half, the Bearcats (10-5, 5-1 MIAA) scored the first six points of the frame cutting into the Washburn lead and continued on a 12-4 run over the first 3:13 of the half while the Ichabods were holding a 46-40 lead with 16:50 to play. Washburn pushed th lead to as many as 11 with 15:21 to play on a 3-pointer by Alex North, but again the Bearcats rallied to cut the lead back to four at 53-49 with 11:32 to play. Washburn then pushed its advantage back to 12 at 61-49 with 8:45 to play after a putback by Jeremy Lickteig.
The Bearcats would then go on a 17-2 run over the net 4:45 as the Ichabods went cold from the field hitting only 1 of their next eight shots while the Bearcats would go 11 of 12 from the free throw line and 3 of 4 from the field to take a 66-63 lead with four minutes to play.
Kyle Wiggins had a lay up to cut the lead back to one, but Washburn's DeShaun Cooper hit a three to push the margin back to four. North responded with a 3-pointer of his own to trim the margin back to one. After a bucket by the Bearcats, Wiggins hit another 3-pointer to tie the game at 71 with 1:32 remaining.
Cooper connected on a layup with 1:15 to play and Wiggins hit two free throws to tie the score back at 73. However a 3-pointer by Cooper stretched the lead back to three and after a pair of Bearcat free throws with 22 seconds left Washburn would get no closer than four the rest of the way as the Bearcats added two free throws with 0.9 seconds to play after a video review pushing the final margin back to seven at 83-76.
Wiggins led four Ichabods in double figures with 22 points while Leon Flowers scored 15 and North added 13 with nine rebounds. Korey Fisher scored 10. Coner Crooker scored 19 to lead the Bearcats.
Washburn was outrebounded 43 to 34 in the loss as the Bearcats scored 17 second chance points in the game. The Bearcats finished 28 of 34 from the free throw line whle the Ichabods were 13 of 18.
TOPEKA, Kan. – The Ichabods pulled ahead in the final 10 minutes Saturday in a 73-55 win over Northwest Missouri at Schendel Court in Lee Arena as head coach Ron McHenry earned his 200th career MIAA victory.
The Ichabods won their second straight game and improved to 9-5 overall and 4-3 in the MIAA. Washburn will now break during the midweek next week and play Saturday at 5 p.m. against Pittsburg State.
Washburn led by just six at the 12:20 mark of the second half before going on a 10-0 run to lead 53-37 with 9:59 to go. The Bearcats never got closer than 11 points down after that.
Casyn Buchman led Washburn with 19 points as she was 8 of 14 from the field with three 3-pointers. She also had eight rebounds. Taylor Ignoto kept her streak going with another double-figure game as she had 15 points. She's scored at least 14 in all six of her games this year. Brittney Lynch rounded out the starters in double figures with 10 points and Haley Pfau came off the bench to score a career-high 12 points all off a career-high three 4-pointers.
Pfau hit three of her shots in the first half as Washburn built a 35-26 lead at the break. Washburn then returned to the court to shoot 47 percent in the second half. A 7-0 run late in the game pushed Washburn's lead above 20 for the first time at 73-51 with 1:53 to go.
Overall, Washburn shot 44 percent in the game while the Bearcats shot 34 percent. Washburn made 11 of 28 3-pointers and the Bearcats hit 3 of 15.
Janelle Travis had a season-high eight assists and she added eight points, four rebounds and two steals. Honor Duvall led the Ichabods with nine rebounds off the bench.
Northwest Missouri was led by Ariel Easton with 15 points and Annie Matthews with 13 rebounds.
Washburn won its 30th straight home game over the Bearcats, a streak that dates back to the late 1980s.