After a slow start, the Washburn women’s basketball team tied up the game early in the fourth quarter, but Emporia State pulled away to win the non-conference game, 60-52. With the loss, the Ichabods drop to 3-3 while the Lady Hornets improve to 5-2 on the season. The Ichabods open MIAA play next week on the road at Pittsburg State (Thursday, Dec. 5) and Missouri Southern (Saturday, Dec. 7).

Both teams started out slow to start the game as the Lady Hornets held a 9-8 advantage at the end of the opening quarter. The Ichabods remained sluggish in the second quarter going 4-of-12 (33.3%) from the field while the Lady Hornets went 7-of-15 (46.7%). Hunter Bentley hit a shot from behind the arc as time expired in the second quarter to make the Lady Hornets’ lead just six at 24-18. Bentley scored seven of the Ichabods’ 10 points in the second period.

Emporia State made the first eight points of the second half to go up by double-digits, 32-18. Trailing 35-23 with 3:48 left in the third quarter, Bentley sparked a 7-0 scoring run with a pair of free throws followed by a three-point shot by Mia Castaneda and a layup by Abby Oliver to get Washburn within five, 35-30. The Ichabods ended the frame on a 6-0 scoring to make it a one point affair, 37-36, after a pair of made free throws by Reagan Phelan.

Just 10 seconds into the fourth quarter, Irene Sanz buried a triple to give Washburn its first lead (39-37) since the first points of the game. The Lady Hornets answered with back-to-back made jumpers to go up 41-39. Oliver made another crucial layup to tie up the game at the 8:15 mark, but Emporia State rattled off six-straight points to retake a lead it wouldn’t give up again. The Lady Hornets went up by a dozen, 57-45, with 3:26 left before the Ichabods went on a 7-2 run to cut the lead down to single-digits, 59-52. Emporia State added one last free throw with 32 seconds left to make the final score 60-52.

The Ichabods finished the game 17-of-52 (32.7%) from the floor while the Lady Hornets were 23-of-63 (36.5%). Washburn made more three-point shots, going 7-of-28 from distance and Emporia State was 5-of-21. Both teams pulled down 37 rebounds.

Bentley played all 40 minutes and led the Ichabods in scoring and rebounds with 20 points and eight boards. She was a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe. Shelbe Piggie added nine points and had one steal. Castaneda and  Oliver contributed eight points apiece. Oliver was 4-of-6 shooting from the field and pulled down five rebounds.