KEARNEY, Neb. – WOMEN:
Ichabods shake off slow start to hand Lopers first home loss
The Ichabods trailed by 10 points five minutes into their game Thursday at Nebraska-Kearney but shot 56 percent in the second half to go on to an 82-70 win. Washburn won its sixth straight game and improved to 13-5 overall and 8-3 in the MIAA. Conference leader Emporia State and No. 3 Missouri Southern both fell Thursday to allow Washburn to move to a tie for third in the league with MSSU. ESU and Central Missouri are tied for first at 9-2. Janelle Travis led Washburn with 20 points as she was 6 of 9 from the field and 4 of 7 from long range. She also added a game-high six assists. Brittney Lynch had 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds and Honor Duvall came off the bench to score 14 points. Duvall and Lynch were a combined 11 of 19 from the field. The Ichabods gave up the first five points of the second half but took control after that with a 13-2 run that gave them a 53-44 lead with 15:29 to play. Casyn Buchman hit a layup at the 9:20 mark to put the Ichabods up by double digits and they led by at least that much until the final minute when UNK was able to pull as close as eight. Washburn was 14 of 25 in the second half to end the game shooting 49 percent. The Lopers shot 42 percent in the first half and then 37 percent in the second half to end at 40 percent. The Lopers won the rebound battle 39-36 but had 17 turnovers while Washburn had 12. The Lopers opened the game on a 14-4 run and also held a 10-point lead at 22-12 with 11:08 to play in the first half. Lynch pulled Washburn within three with a jumper with 8:46 remaining and then a pair of free throws from Haley Pfau and a jumper from Dana Channel gave Washburn its first lead since the opening minute. Those four points were part of a 9-0 run that put Washburn up 35-29 with 4:13 to go in the half. The Lopers pulled within a point in the final minute but Taylor Ignoto hit a layup in the final seconds to give Washburn a 40-37 lead at halftime. Ignoto ended with eight points and Buchman had nine. Buchman also added six rebounds and three assists. The Lopers fell to 7-11 and 3-8 in the MIAA. They lost their first home game this year after starting 5-0 at the Health and Sports Center. Shelby Zimmerman led UNK with 21 points and Amarah Williams had 19. They each pulled in at least 10 rebounds for double-doubles and they combined to shoot 15 of 28 from the field.