Washburn Sweeps Lopers Saturday Afternoon

KEARNEY, Neb. -- The No. 13-ranked Ichabods made their first made their first trip to face the Lopers a good one as Washburn cruised to a 72-56 win over Nebraska-Kearney. Washburn will return home for the first time in three game to host Truman on Wednesday in Topeka.

Martin Mitchell led the Ichabods with 23 points tying a career high and Will McNeill recorded his second-straight double double - his sixth of his career - in the win while Bobby Chipman filled up his stat line with eight points, 10 rebounds and a career-high seven assists.

The Ichabods (10-2, 3-1 MIAA) trailed only once at 4-3 during the game as Washburn turned an 11-11 tie using a 13-2 run over a four-minute span to go up 11 at 24-13 with 8:19 to play in the first half. The Ichabods would go on to lead by as many as 14 in the first half before taking a 36-25 lead into the break over the Lopers (4-10, 1-5 MIAA).

In the second half the Lopers would get no closer than 13 as Washburn started on a 6-0 run to put the game out of reach as the Ichabods would go on to build a margin of 25 points at 59-34 with 11:15 to play rolling to the 16-point win.

Mitchell scored 17 of his 23 in the first half hitting 7 of 9 shots from the field including three 3-pointers. Washburn shot 58 percent in the first half hitting 15 of 26 shots and finished 30 of 55 from the field for a 55 percent average. Defensively the Ichabods held the Lopers to 34 percent from the field.

Washburn had 24 assists on its 30 made field goals. Following Chipman's seven, Kyle Wiggins and Mitchell each had five assists and McNeill had four. Joseph Smith had three blocks eight points and seven rebounds.

Pierre Newton led the Lopers with 14 points and Jon Henderson scored 13.

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KEARNEY, Neb. -- A 9-0 run in under a minute late in the first half pushed the 12th-ranked Lady Blues to a double-digit lead at Nebraska-Kearney Saturday and they ran away with a 29-point win, 74-45 Saturday in the Health and Sports Center. The game was Washburn's first against UNK since the 2001-02 season as the Lopers are playing their first season in the MIAA.

The Lady Blues won their fourth straight and improved to 10-2 overall and 4-0 in the MIAA while the Lopers fell to 4-9 and 1-5 in the league. Washburn wrapped up a three-game road trip and will return to Lee Arena Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. against Truman.

Laura Kinderknecht hit two 3-pointers during Washburn's quick run before halftime and finished with a game-high 19 points. She was 8 of 12 from the field overall and 3 of 6 from long range. Stormye Everett tied her career high with 13 points as she went 4 of 8 from the field with two 3-pointers. Lavonda McCall had 10 pooints with a 4 of 5 performance from the field.

Kinderknecht hit a 3-pointer with 1:04 to go in the first half and then Everett hit a 3 with 22 seconds to go.Casyn Buchman got a backcourt steal and passed it to Kinderknecht who hit a 3 with three seconds in the half.

Washburn shot 58 percent in the first half from the field and 4 of 7 from 3-point range. Kinderknecht went 7 of 9 for 16 points in the first half. Everett scored eight points off 3 of 5 shooting.

The Lady Blues ended up shooting exactly 50 percent (28 of 56), reaching that mark for the first time since the second game of the year. Nebraska-Kearney shot 35 percent and had 20 turnovers while Washburn had 12. Washburn scored 27 points off turnovers.

A layup from McCall five minutes into the second half gave the Lady Blues a 21-point lead and they kept it over 20 the rest of the way. Washburn's lead was never less than 25 the final 10 minutues and a layup fromBianca Fennessee at 1:58 made the lead a game-high 29.

McCall led Washburn with seven rebounds and Dana Elliott led with four assists. Washburn won the rebound battle 40-31 and had seven blocks while UNK had two.

Shelby Zimmerman was the only Loper in double figures as she scored 11 off a 5 of 10 performance. Melissa Norman had eight rebounds.


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