Washburn Sweeps Mo West Saturday

Men:

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- The lone Ichabod senior Leon Flowers scored a career-high 26 points with 24 coming in the second half as Washburn topped Missouri Western 79-69 improving to 11-1 and 4-1 overall as the Ichabods won their third straight game in St. Joseph. Washburn will have a quick turnaround as they will travel to face Central Missouri on Monday night in Warrensburg.

After the Ichabods had a 29-22 lead at the break, the Griffons (6-6, 1-3 MIAA) cut into the lead and would take the lead at 35-34 after back to back to back 3-pointers by the Griffons, Flower put the Ichabods on his back and scored 13 of Washburn's next 15 points as the Ichabods pushed the lead back to 10 at 46-36 with 13:47 remaining.

When the Griffons pulled back within six at 46-40 with 12:42 to play, Flowers hit another three to push the margin back to nine. With the Ichabods holding a six-point lead, Flowers connected on another 3-pointer pushing the margin back to nine.

Three times the Griffons would cut the lead back to four and the Ichabods answered. The final time was with 3:48 to play with the Ichabods holding a 62-58 lead and Flowers scored the ichabods' next five points pushing the difference back to nine and Missori Western would get no closwer than seven the rest of the way.

Flowers finished with 26 points on 9 of 12 shooting including a 5 of 6 3-point shooting and 3 of 3 from the free throw line while Kyle Wiggins scored 16 points and Alex North tallied 11 points. Jeff Reid recorded a career-high 11 rebounds with eight on the offensive end adding seven points.

Ryan Devers scored 25 to lead the Griffons.

Washburn held a 39 to 25 advantage on the glass turning 12 offensive rebounds into 15 second chance points.

The Ichabods finished 27 of 55 from the field for a 49 percent average while the Griffons shot 54 percent in the second half enroute to a 46 percent shooting night.

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Women:

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – The Ichabods started the game on a 13-2 run and never gave up the lead in a 67-49 win Saturday at Missouri Western.

Washburn improved to 7-4 and 3-2 in the MIAA after going 12 days without playing during the holiday break. The Ichabods will stay on the road and play at eighth-ranked Central Missouri Monday at 5:30 p.m.

Washburn's top two scorers came off the bench as the starters had a slow start with just 11 first half points. Taylor Ignoto led the Ichabods with 15 points and Honor Duvall had 13. Jannelle Travis was the only starter in double figures with 10 points. Ignoto made 4 of 8 field goal attempts and 6 of 7 free throws.

MIAA leading scorer Casyn Buchman was held to a season-low nine points. She went 1 of 5 from the field but made all six free throws. She contributed five rebounds and a game-high six assists.

Brittney Lynch led the team with seven rebounds and she added eight points while Kara Lee had nine points, playing in foul trouble much of the game.

The Griffons got within three points in the first five minutes of the second half at 36-33. Three straight free throws from Ignoto pushed it back to nine and then a 3-pointer from Travis at 10:28 later made it 10 again. The Griffons never got closer than nine points down the rest of the way.

Washburn shot 44 percent from the field in the game and 70 percent from the free throw line. The Griffons shot just 30 percent from the field and made 65 percent of their free throws. MWSU edged Washburn in rebounds, 37-36 but committed 19 turnovers while the Ichabods had 13.

Neither team scored the first 2:40 of the game before Lynch hit a layup. Missouri Western scored its first points at the 14:52 mark and then didn't get another field goal until the 11:10 mark. That field goal started a 9-0 run for the Griffons that got them within three points at 15-12. Washburn pushed its lead to eight twice after that in the half and led by six, 30-24 at halftime.

The Griffons put just one player in double figures as Tiffanie Abrams had 11 points. Quenisha Lockett had seven rebounds.

Missouri Western lost its sixth straight game to fall to 4-6 and 0-4 in the MIAA. This was Washburn's eighth straight win in the series against MWSU.


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