Ichabods Pull Away From Hillcats in Second Half

The Washburn women’s basketball team cruised in the second half to an 80-53 win at Rogers State on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Ichabods improve to 15-9 (9-6 MIAA) and clinch a place as one of the 10 teams who will advance to the MIAA Tournament next month.

Rogers State (4-21, 2-14 MIAA) scored the first points of the game on a jump shot, but Washburn responded by scoring the next 11 points and holding the Hillcats scoreless for over five minutes of play. The Washburn defense played well, limiting Rogers State to shooting just 2-of-11 from the floor and forced nine turnovers. At the end of the opening 10 minutes, Washburn led by a dozen at 21-19.

The Ichabods came out in the second period making six of the first eight points scored to go up by 16, 27-11. Rogers State found its groove midway through the frame and finished out the half on a 13-7 run. A triple by Alexis McAfee with five seconds left in the quarter put Washburn back up by double-digits at 36-26.

The Hillcats stayed in the game to start the second half as they got within seven points twice in the third quarter, but a big three-pointer by Hunter Bentley started an 11-1 burst for the Ichabods that included three made shots from deep for a double-figure lead they would hold for the remainder of the game.

Leading 53-36 to start the final stanza, Washburn poured in 27 points to finish out the game. Hayley Thompson was 5-of-5 in the fourth and made three-straight buckets for the Ichabods in the midst of an 8-3 run. Eight different Ichabods scored at least two points in the fourth quarter.

The Ichabods shot 44.9 percent from the floor in the contest while the Hillcats finished at an even 38 percent clip. Defensively, Washburn forced 24 RSU turnovers and converted those into 17 points. The Ichabods used their speed in transition throughout the game and scored 23 fast break points while the Hillcats had just two fast break points. The Hillcats finished with a 26-20 advantage on the glass and both teams finished with 12 offensive rebounds. At the charity stripe, the Ichabods were a perfect 10-of-10.

Thompson led four Ichabods in double-figures as she tallied a career-high 16 points after making 8-of-12 field goal attempts. Bentley added 14 points and handed out a career-best seven assists. Doing a little bit of everything on the hardoowd today was McAfee, who finished with 11 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, and four steals. Phelan rounded out the top-four scorers with 10 points.

Washburn will return to Lee Arena next week for its final homestand of the season. The Ichabods will host Central Missouri on Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m. for the pink game.