Courtesy: Washburn Athletics
The Ichabods made 11 of 12 free throws the final five minutes to hold on for a 78-71 win Saturday over Missouri Western at Schendel Court in Lee Arena.
The eighth-ranked Ichabods improved to 11-2 overall and 3-2 in the MIAA. They’ll continue conference action Monday at home at 5:30 p.m. against Central Missouri.
Washburn led the entire second half until the Griffons (6-4, 1-3 MIAA) tied the game at 70 with 1:08 to play after two free throws by LaQuinta Jefferson. Casyn Buchman then answered with a jumper in the paint 11 seconds later that put the Bods back up for good.
She then grabbed a defensive rebound on the Griffons’ next possession and made two free throws after she was fouled with 39 seconds left. Taylor Ignoto then made two more free throws 20 seconds later and Buchman stretched the Washburn lead to three possessions with two free throws with six seconds left.
Ignoto ended up 6 of 11 from the field and 11 of 16 from the line for a career-high 24 points. It was her fifth 20-point game and it gave her double figures for the 12th time in her 12 games this year.
Buchman, the MIAA’s leading free throw shooter, shot 8 of 8 from the free throw line to improve her percentage to .905 at the line. She ended with 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Honor Duvall went 7 of 12 from the field for 16 points and she added four assists and eight rebounds.
Jayna Smith had a career-high 10 rebounds and five assists as she made her second career start. She shot 3 of 6 from the field with eight points.
The Ichabods built their first double-digit lead of the game at 26-16 with 7:43 left in the first half. The Griffons then erased that with an 11-0 run to go up 27-26. The Bods jumped back ahead and led 38-33 at halftime.
Buchman’s layup at 14:34 in the second half gave the Ichabods a game-high 14-point lead and they kept the advantage until the Griffons tied the game with an 8-1 run near the one-minute mark.
Washburn shot 52 percent in the first half but cooled to 40 percent in the second half to end the game shooting 46 percent. The Griffons shot 45 percent in the game and made 10 of 25 3-pointers (40 percent). Washburn made just 2 of 11 3-pointers after going 0 for 4 in the first half. The Ichabods made up the difference by making 26 of 32 (81 percent) free throws while the Griffons made 11 of 18 charity shots.
The Ichabods won the rebound battle, 37-31 and had 46 points in the paint while the Griffons had 28. MWSU was led by 25 points off the bench from Jefferson. She was 9 of 13 from the field with four 3-pointers. Sarafina Handy had 16 points.
The Washburn Ichabods men’s basketball led from start to finish picking up an 85-60 win over Missouri Western Saturday night on Schendel Court at Lee Arena. The Ichabods will return to action on Monday with a quick turnaround as they will host No. 8-ranked Central Missouri.
The Ichabods jumped out to leads of 7-0, 10-2, 20-5 and 24-8 in the first 13 minutes of the ball game as Washburn shot 54 percent from the field in the first half hitting 14 of 26 shots overll while holding the Griffons to a 7 of 28 shooting mark in the opening stanza. Washburn led 40-18 at the break behind 11 first-half points from Kyle Wiggins, who lifted his career total to 994 career points after scoring 17 in the game.
In the second half, Washburn (8-8, 3-2 MIAA) outscored the Griffons (5-6, 1-3 MIAA) 45 to 42 as both teams shot above 50 percent in the frame. The Ichabods were 13 of 24 and 6 of 11 from 3-point range while the Griffons were 12 of 23 going 7 of 14 from 3-point range. Washburn led by as many as 32 in the game at 63-31 before Missouri Western used a 14-3 run over the next 2:39 to cut the lead to 66-45 with 10:12 to play after hitting four-straight 3-pointers. From that point on Washburn outscored the Griffons 19-15 to take the 25-point win.
Alex North led the ichabods with 21 points on 7 of 10 shooting hitting 4 of 7 3-pointers. He also had four steals. Kyle Wiggins scored 17 points and tied a career-high with three blocks adding six assists. Kevin House scored a career-high nine points adding four assists and four steals. David Salach had a team-high five rebounds.
Cole Clearman led the Griffons with 19 points.
Washburn outrebounded the Griffons 32 to 28 and forced 14 turnovers leading to 21 Ichabod points in the game.