Turnpike Tussle On Tap For Wednesday

By: Washburn Sports Information
By: Washburn Sports Information


Ichabods host Lady Hornets in season's first game of Turnpike Tussle
After playing each other four times in each of the last two years, the Ichabods and Emporia State will finally meet for the first time this year with a 5:30 p.m. game Wednesday at Schendel Court in Lee Arena. This is the first time the two rivals didn't meet in the season series until February since 1977-78.

Washburn is 13-6 overall and tied for fourth in the MIAA at 8-4 after a 69-62 loss Thursday at Fort Hays State. Emporia State is 19-2 and tied for first in the MIAA at 10-2.

This will be Washburn's 1,200th game since the program began in 1969-70 and 92 of those games (7.7%) have been against the Lady Hornets.

The game will be carried live on 106.9 FM KTPK. Links to video, live stats and audio are available at wusports.com/live.

Washburn lost three of four to the Lady Hornets last year including their final two games of the season in the MIAA semifinal and NCAA tournament first round. The Ichabods had the tables turned the previous season with three out of four wins including one that knocked ESU out of the MIAA tournament.

Casyn Buchman leads the Ichabods and is third in the MIAA scoring 16.2 points a game. Brittney Lynch is second in the MIAA with 8.9 rebounds a game and Taylor Ignoto is averaging 15.0 points a game through her first 10 contests. She sat out the first semester after transferring and would be seventh in the league in scoring but she hasn't played enough games to qualify.

McHenry gets 350th career win and 200th MIAA win in same week
Washburn head coach Ron McHenry is 355-77 (.822) overall and 204-50 (.803) in MIAA games. He earned his 350th career win January 9 against Oklahoma Christian and he got his 200th MIAA win January 11 against Northwest Missouri.

McHenry started this year, his 14th season at Washburn, with the highest winning percentage among active NCAA II coaches with at least 10 years at four-year schools.

McHenry is a four-time MIAA coach of the year and he has eight MIAA regular season titles. He's been to 12 straight NCAA tournaments and he coached Washburn to an NCAA II national title in 2004-05. He started the year second all-time in NCAA II history among coaches with at least 10 years with an .828 winning percentage. Lloyd Clark holds the record with an .834 winning percentage at Delta State from 1984-2002.

Rare case of getting out-rebounded
The Ichabods have been out-rebounded in three straight games, a feat they had suffered only three other times in head coach Ron McHenry's 14 years. Fort Hays State's +18 margin over Washburn on Saturday was the highest difference the Ichabods had suffered since also having an 18-rebound difference at FHSU in 2010-11.

Washburn has traditionally rebounded well under McHenry. They haven't been out-rebounded in more than seven games since his opening season in 2000-01 when teams out-rebounded Washburn nine times. McHenry's teams have posted positive rebounding margins every year and usually average +7.0 or more.

Washburn currently has a +6.9 rebounding margin, third best in the MIAA and 13th in the nation. The Ichabods had a +9.6 margin before this three-game stretch of getting out-rebounded. Opponents are out-rebounding Washburn at +7.7 in the last three games with Northeastern State and Nebraska-Kearney out-rebounding Washburn by just two and three, respectively, and FHSU getting a +18 advantage. Washburn has never been out-rebounded in more than three straight games under McHenry.

Tardy Turnpike Tussle
Wednesday's 92nd edition of the Turnpike Tussle will be the latest Washburn and Emporia State have started their season series since the 1977-78 year when they didn't meet until February 12. They also played twice in February that year, something they will do this year.

Washburn and ESU have played at least twice a year every season since 1995-96 and they have always played at least one of those games before January ended.

Ichabods' top-two finishing streak in jeopardy
The Ichabods have finished first or second in the MIAA every year since Ron McHenry's second season in 2001-02. They are currently tied for fourth at 8-4 in the league and are two games out of Emporia State and Central Missouri's first-place tie with 10-2 records.

Washburn has finished first or tied for first eight times under McHenry and has finished second four times. The Ichabods finished seventh in 2000-01, McHenry's first year.

Ignoto earns starting spot after joining team after fall semester
Junior guard Taylor Ignoto had to sit a full year at Washburn and she played her first games in mid December after the fall semester ended. After four games off the bench she earned her first start and Washburn went 6-0 in her first six games in the starting lineup. She's averaging 15.0 points a game and she's reached double figures in nine of her 11 games this year.

Ignoto would be seventh in the MIAA in scoring but she hasn't played enough games to qualify for the league or NCAA rankings.

Ignoto debuted with 14 points on December 19 against Lincoln. She then had a season-high 23 the next game at Lindenwood the next game. She earned her first start on January 9 against Oklahoma Christian and went 6 of 7 from 3-point range for 21 points.

Winning streak ends at six games
The Ichabods went undefeated during a five-game home stand and then went on the road last Thursday to extend their winning streak to six straight games, their longest of the season. That streak was snapped Saturday at Fort Hays State.

The Ichabods outscored their opponents by 13.7 points a game during the streak and had a +7 rebound margin. Scoring was balanced during the streak as four different players averaged between 10 and 14 points a game.

Washburn's defense held opponents to 57.8 points a game and 34 percent shooting during the streak. Overall, opponents are shooting 38 percent this year and scoring 66.1 a game.

Buchman third in scoring and near the top in several MIAA categories
Junior guard Casyn Buchman is near the top in several MIAA statistic categories in the latest report. She's fourth in scoring with 16.2 points a game and first shooting .871 from the free throw line. She's fourth in assists with 3.8 a game and 17th with 6.6 rebounds a game. Overall, her name appears in nine of the 13 categories.

Buchman has led Washburn in scoring eight times and has reached double figures 14 times. She's scored at least 20 six different times.

Protecting the basketball usually equals a win for Ichabods (and most teams...)
Washburn was 9-0 this year when winning the turnover battle until Saturday's loss at Fort Hays State. Overall, the Ichabods average 13.3 turnovers a game while getting 13.9 a game from their opponent. The +0.63 margin is sixth best in the league and their turnover average is the 11th lowest in the nation. They are 9-1 when committing less turnovers than their opponent and 4-5 when committing less.

Tough Schedule
Washburn has three opponents this year ranked in the top 10 in last week's poll. This week's poll will be released Tuesday. Emporia State, a school Washburn will play twice in February, was third at 18-1 but went 1-1 last week. Nova Southeastern was fifth at 15-1 and Drury was seventh at 16-1. Those two schools beat Washburn earlier this year on their home courts in non-conference games.

Washburn drops out of national poll
The Ichabods dropped out of the USA Today Sports national poll after week four and they have been absent from the last six polls now. Washburn was ranked in 176 of the last 177 polls, dating back to week three of the 2002-03 season. The final poll of the 2010-11 season was the last time Washburn was not ranked before these last six polls.

Emporia State is the highest ranked MIAA team with a No. 2 ranking after a 17-0 start to the season. The Ichabods and Hornets won't play until February as they battle February 5 in Topeka and February 22 in Emporia. Central Missouri is eighth in the poll. The two teams played their only scheduled meeting January 6 in a UCM win. Previous non-conference opponent Nova Southeastern is third in the nation and Drury is ninth.

Quick history review
In Washburn's 44 years of basketball since 1969-70, the Ichabods are 836-362-1 (.698) in 1199 games. They have 13 MIAA regular season titles and nine tournament titles since joining the league in 1989-90. Thirty all-America awards have been won between 16 different players and Washburn has seven MIAA MVPs and 22 MIAA first-teamers.

The Ichabods won the 2004-05 NCAA II national title and set an NCAA II record with a 51-game winning streak stretching from 2004-05 into the 2005-06 season. Guard Jennifer Harris was the NCAA II player of the year in 2005-06 and was the No. 20 pick in the 2006 WNBA Draft.

Coming up next
The Ichabods will stay at home to play Nebraska-Kearney Saturday at 5 p.m. in Lee Arena. The two just played on January 30 in an 82-70 Washburn win. Washburn will have just one home game remaining on the schedule after that, February 19 against Fort Hays State.


Opening Tip
• The Washburn Ichabods return to Topeka looking to snap a two-game slide as they play host to Emporia State in the first battle of the Turnpike Tussle.
• Washburn (14-5, 7-5 MIAA) is coming off an 87-85 overtime loss at No. 24-ranked Fort Hays State on Saturday snapping the Ichabods' five-game winning streak over the Tigers.
• Emporia State (14-8, 7-5 MIAA) is also looking to break a two-game losing streak after a double overtime loss at Fort Hays State and a 66-65 loss at Nebraska-Kearney on Saturday.
• Washburn is in a two-way tie for fifth in the MIAA standings with Emporia State two games behind Fort Hays State, Central Missouri and Missouri Southern who are all 9-3. Northwest Missouri leads the league with an 11-1 record.
• The Ichabods are 10-1 in games at home while the Hornets are 3-6 in road games this season.

Bod Notes
• The Washburn Ichabods have won 513 games since becoming a member of the NCAA Division II ranks prior to the start of the 1989-89 season - which is the most by any member of the MIAA during that stretch.
• The Ichabods have hit at least one 3-pointer in 301 games entering the match up with ESU. The last game the Ichabods did not hit a 3-pointer was Dec. 30, 2003 at Missouri Western.
• Alex North recorded his seventh double double of the season, his fourth-straight and the ninth of his career with 23 points and 12 rebounds against Fort Hays State.
• The Ichabods have been outscored 246 to 187 in the second half of the five losses this season and have been outrebounded by an average of 14.2 per game.
• Alex North hit 600 career points against Fort Hays State. He has scored 600 points in 80 games averaging 7.5 a game including a 14.8 ppg average this season. He went over the 400-rebound total against Nebraska-Kearney and his is entering the game with ESU with 421 career boards.
• Jeff Reid went over the 650-point plateau as he now has 675 in his third season at Washburn and has averaged 8.7 ppg in 78 career games. He is averaging a career-high 10.3 ppg this season.
• Kyle Wiggins went over the 650-point mark at the Lopers. He now has 666 for his Washburn career averaging 8.5 ppg in 78 games including a team-high 14.6 ppg this season.
• Ichabod junior Christian Ulsaker will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a broken bone in his shooting hand in practice. He was averaging career-bests of 13.0 ppg and 3.8 rpg. He will apply for a medical redshirt as he played in only four games.

Ichabods on Radio
Washburn games will be broadcast on KTPK 106.9 FM radio with Mark Elliott and Jake Lebahn calling the action. The game will also be streamed live on the wusports.com website by following the listen live links on the men's basketball schedule page.

The Coaches
Washburn Ichabod head basketball coach Bob Chipman
• is in his 35th season at the helm of the Ichabods.
• a 1973 graduate of Kansas State earning both his undergraduate and master's degree in Manhattan.
• is 754-309 overall.
• has 513 wins since the Ichabods joined the MIAA, the most of any conference school since the 1989-90 season.
• has led the Ichabods to 12 MIAA regular season titles and a MIAA-coaching tops of five postseason MIAA tournament championships.
• has led the Ichabods to 12 NCAA National Tournament appearances.
• in home games, he is 438-80 going 387-69 in Lee Arena.
• is second in all-time coaching victories in active NCAA Division II coaches.
• his 754 coaching wins is 22nd in all-time NCAA coaches at all levels.
• led the Ichabods to the 1987 NAIA National Championship and a 2001 NCAA National game, which was later vacated by Kentucky Wesleyan.
• Chipman played for legendary coach Jack Hartman earning two letters.

Emporia State head coach Shaun Vandiver
• is 36-40 in his third season at Emporia State.
• was a first round draft pick by the Golden State Warriors in 1991 spent ten years as an assistant coach at the NCAA Division I level.
• as a player he was a key component in Hutchinson CC's tournament run to the 1988 NJCAA National Championship before earning first-team All-Big 8 honors at Colorado.
• is 1-4 against Washburn.

Ichabod Player Notes
#3 • Jeff Reid • Moved into 10th on the Ichabods' all-time 3-pointers made chart against Fort Hays State hitting his 104th of his career … needs four more to catch Ryan Murphy (1999-2003).
#4 • Andy Wilson • Eleven of his 20 field goals this season have been 3-pointers and 30 of his 57 shot attempts have been from behind the 3-point line.
#5 • Korey Fisher • Nine assists in the last two games.
#11 • Kyle Wiggins • Has gone 15 of 21 from the field in the last two games averaging 15.5 ppg with 3.0 apg.
#13 • Chris Deanes • Has eight offensive rebounds and 25 defensive rebounds this season.
#14 • Christian Ulsaker • Will miss the rest of the season with a wrist injury and will apply for a medical redshirt playing in only four games.
#15 • Evan Robinson • Has two rebounds this season.
#21 • Chris Davis • Has gone 6 of 8 from 3-point land in the last two games averaging 10.0 ppg.
#22 • Alex North • Has had double figure rebound totals in each of the last four games recording 10, 20, 13 and 12 boards.
#24 • Stephon Drane • Team-high 14 blocks this season.
#31 • Leon Flowers • Has had six-straight games with double figure scoring outputs.
#32 • Dalton Abel • Scored first three points of the season hitting a 3-pointer against Missouri Southern.
#34 • Jeremy Lickteig • Recorded his eighth block of the season against Fort Hays State.
#42 • Colton Anderson • has at least one rebound in each of the last four games played.

Last Time Out For The Ichabods
#24 Fort Hays State 87, Washburn 85 • Feb. 1, 2014
HAYS, Kan. -- The Washburn Ichabods trailed by as 14 at halftime and by as many as 17 in the second half but came up shy of the comeback win falling 87-85 to No. 24-ranked Fort Hays State.
The Tigers' Dwayne Brunson hit a jumper with 0.3 left to put the Tigers (18-3, 9-3 MIAA) up and then stole the ensuing inbounds pass to lock up the game snapping the Ichabods (14-5, 7-5 MIAA) five game winning streak over the Fort Hays State.
Washburn trailed by 17 in the second half with 16:23 to go at 50-33 before Washburn outscored the Tigers the rest of the half 44-27 with 10 of Washburn's 13 field goals were 3-pointers. Alex North hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with four seconds remaining to tie the game at 77 sending the game into overtime after the Tigers shot came up short at the buzzer.
In the overtime period the Tigers Carson Konrade scored the first four points from the free throw line and then a 3-pointer by Jeff Reid and a layup by Kyle Wiggins put Washburn up 82-81 with 2:47 to play. The Tigers tied the game with 2:20 remaining and Washburn regained the lead with a free throw by North with 2:07 at 83-82 and Wiggins put Washburn up 85-82 with 1:28 left. Konrade tied it with a 3-pointer with 1:02 remaining and neither team scored until Brunson's game-winner.
Washburn trailed 43-29 at the break after shooting 10 of 25 from the field while the Tigers were 15 of 27 in the opening half. The Ichabods improved to 15 of 28 from the field going 10 of 16 from 3-point range finishing 14 of 25 from 3-point land. The 14 was one shy of the school record. Washburn finished 15 of 22 from the free throw line and the Tigers were 26 of 30.
North led five Ichabods in double figures with 23 points recording his fourth-straight double double adding 12 rebounds. Chris Davis scored 14 hitting all four 3-point attempts. Leon Flowers and Wiggins each scored 13 and Reid finished with 12.
Craig Nicholson led the Tigers with 23 points adding eight assists.

Fort Hays State Leftovers
• Washburn now leads the all-time series 88-67.
• The Ichabods had their five-game winning streak snapped in the series with the loss.
• Fort Hays State is now 5-2 against WU in overtime games.
• Chris Davis his all four of his 3-point attempts scoring a season-high 14 points.
• Korey Fisher tied a season high with five assists for the third time this year.
• The 18 field goal attempts by Alex North was a career-high and his four 3-pointers tied a career high.
• Jeff Reid recorded a career-high four steals.

About Emporia State
• The Hornets are 14-7 and 7-5 in the MIAA tied for fifth with the Ichabods in the MIAA standings.
• Emporia State has won six of their last nine games losing its last two contests.
• They are led by Kaleb Wright at 19.1 points per game. Terrence Moore is averaging 15.6 points and leads the MIAA in steals with 52 averaging 2.4 per game this season.
• Paul Bunch leads the league in blocked shots with 64 averaging 2.9 per game.

Series History With Emporia State
• The meeting on Wednesday will be the 204th meeting between these two schools and the Ichabods lead at 104-99. This is the most-played series for Washburn.
• The Ichabods have won four of the last five meetings in the series overall.
• The two teams started the series in 1905-06, Washburn's first recorded year of basketball, and they have met every year since the 1945-46 season.
• This will be the 69th straight year they have played each other at least once.
• The Ichabods are 21-8 against the Hornets in Lee Arena.
• Washburn is 27-14 against ESU in MIAA games.
• Washburn is 4-1 against ESU in MIAA Postseason tournament games.

Last Time Out for Emporia State
Feb. 1, 2014 -- Nebraska-Kearney's Davion Pearson hit a three pointer with 12.2 seconds left to defeat the Emporia State men 66-65 on Saturday afternoon in Kearney, Neb. The Hornets had a shot at the end but a three point shot and rebound attempt both missed.
Emporia State used a 13-2 run to take a 23-12 lead with 8:59 left in the first half. The Hornet lead would reach 15 on four occasions before the Hornets settled into a 40-27 lead at the break. Emporia State shot 50% from the field in the first half, including a seven of 14 effort from behind the three point line. Jay Temaat hit all three of his three point attempts in a 2:19 span near the end of the half.
The Lopers scored the first six points of the second half to get back in the game at 40-33 with 17:48 left. They would later use a 10-2 run to cut the Hornet lead down to one at 54-53 with 7:00 remaining. Gavin Brown answered with a three pointer to put Emporia State back up by four. A pair of free throws by Pearson with 3:23 left gave the Lopers their first lead of the second half. Kaleb Wright gave the lead back to the Hornets at 61-59 with a three-pointer at the 3:01 mark. A layup from Paul Bunch and two free throws from Wright gave Emporia State a 65-60 lead with 1:24 left. Pearson hit three-pointer with 1:01 left to pull UNK within two points. The Hornets worked the shot clock down but turned it over with 26.2 seconds left. Pearson, who's only field goals came in the final 1:24, then hit the go ahead three. Emporia State had a shot with 1.8 left but Temaat's contested three was off and Bunch couldn't get the tip in to fall.
Wright led Emporia State with 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Terrence Moore was six of seven from the field for 15 points while Bunch finished with 11 points and seven rebounds.

Last Meeting With Emporia State
Feb. 28, 2013 -- EMPORIA, Kan. -- The Washburn Ichabods trailed by as many as 14 but cut it back to three late but couldn't get over the hump as they fell 61-55 at Emporia State.
The Hornets (13-12, 8-9 MIAA) led 27-21 at the break after finishing the half on a 9-0 run holding the Ichabods (18-7, 11-6 MIAA) without a field goal for the final 5:17. The Ichabods led 21-18 after a pair of free throws with 4:47 remaining prior to the Hornets run. The Ichabods struggled from the field hitting 6 of 29 shots in the opening stanza going 1 of 8 from 3-point range. Washburn did go 8-8 of from the free throw line.
A swipe and steal by Will McNeill put a halt to a 16-0 Hornet run Washburn within 11 at 34-23. Five straight more by McNeill and a lay up by Wiggins put Washburn down four at 34-30 with 14:18 to go in the game.
The Hornets would push their lead back to 12 at 44-32 with 10:33 to play in the game before the Ichabods would cut the lead back to seven at 5:50 to play after a pair of Joseph Smith free throws.
A 3-pointer by the Hornets put the lead back to double digits at 50-40 with 5:29 to go in the game, but Washburn trimmed the lead back to three after a dunk by Bobby Chipman ad four straight points by Smith pulling Washburn back within three at 53-50.
After the Hornets went back up six with 1:49 to go, Washburn had two free throws by McNeill. Two more free throws by ESU was answered by a 3-pointer by Wiggins with 23 seconds left cutting the lead to 58-55 would be the closest the Ichabods would get the rest of the game as the Hornets finished 3 of 4 free throws down the stretch.
McNeill led the Ichabods with 27 points going 10 of 14 from the free throw line adding six rebounds and four steals. Joseph Smith had 12 points as the only other Ichabod to reach double figures. Chipman led the team with nine rebounds and had two blocks.
Paul Bunch had 15 to lead the Hornets.
The Ichabods were 17 of 60 from the field going 3 of 17 from 3-point range in the game. ESU finished 20 of 48 overall and 17 of 24 from the free throw line compared to 18 of 22 by the Ichabods.
ESU held a 37 to 34 advantage on the glass. Washburn had 15 offensive rebounds leading to 13 second chance points. Washburn turned 21 Hornet turnovers into 23 points.

Ichabods in the national rankings
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Ichabods fell out of the rankings after the loss to Missouri Southern and received votes in the last two weeks worth of polls, but fell completely out after the loss to Northwest Missouri.

Ichabod basketball history
• The Ichabods are 1464-979-4 (.591) all-time in the 109th year in the program's history.
• Washburn is the eighth-winningest program in NCAA Division II history by victories.
• Washburn is the winningest MIAA program since the 1989-90 season with an overall record of 513-228.
• The Ichabods have recorded 25 20-win seasons and they have one 30-win seasons after going 35-4 during the 1986-87 NAIA Championship season.
• Washburn has won 21 conference championships including 10 MIAA titles.
• Washburn has received 12 NCAA Tournament bids going to three Elite Eight's appearing in the 2001 NCAA National Championship game.

Home sweet home
• The Ichabods are 387-69 (.848) all-time in Lee Arena.
• The 2013-14 season marks the 29th season of play in Lee Arena.
• The Ichabods recorded a school-best 28-game winning streak from Nov. 19, 1993 to Feb. 8, 1995 in Lee Arena.

Up next
• Washburn returns to the court facing Nebraska-Kearney on Feb. 8 looking to avenge an 88-79 loss to the Lopers on Jan. 30. Washburn will then take on Central Oklahoma on Feb. 13 and Northeastern State on Feb. 15 before wrapping up the regular season home slate with Fort Hays State on Feb. 19. Washburn will wrap up the regular season with road contests at Emporia State on Feb. 22 and at Pittsburg State on March 1.

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