Ichabods Slow Start Too Much to Overcome

The Washburn women’s basketball team saw its four-game winning streak snapped as No. 20 Central Missouri posted a 70-59 victory in Lee Arena on Thursday evening. The Ichabods are now 15-10 overall and 9-7 in conference play while the Jennies improve to 22-4 (16-1 MIAA).

Washburn’s offense started off icy cold, going 0-11 from the field and not scoring its first points until the 3:41 mark in the first quarter to make it 14-3. The Ichabods closed out the opening period on a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to single-digits at 19-10.

The Jennies opened the second quarter going on a 7-2 run to go up 24-12 with 7:27 on the clock. Shelbe Piggie started the scoring again for Washburn and netted eight of the Ichabods’ 11 points over the course of the final 6:35, including a layup as time expired in the opening half. The Jennies outscored the Ichabods in the second quarter, 19-13, and took a 38-23 lead into the locker room.

Central Missouri hit its fourth triple of the third quarter at the 4:17 mark to go up 51-29. Piggie responded and scored five unanswered points and then Reagan Phelan went on a 5-0 run herself after the Jennies converted on a three-point play. Two free throws by UCM would be the final points of the third frame to give them a 56-39 advantage.

Washburn outscored Central Missouri in the final stanza, 20-14. Mia Castaneda drained a three-pointer to begin the fourth and starting at 6:46 Washburn went on a 9-2 burst. Three Ichabod free throws in a row cut the score down 10 at 69-59 with 23 seconds left in regulation, but one final free throw by UCM made the score ending at 70-59.

Washburn shot an even 36 percent (18-of-50) from the floor while Central Missouri finished at a 38.9 clip (21-of-54). The Jennies made 9-of-26 shots from deep while the Ichabods hit just 4-of-13. UCM out-rebounded WU, 36-30, and Washburn outscored UCM in the paint, 24-20.

Piggie led all scorers with a career-best 25 points, making 10-of-14 from the field. Phelan added 11 points and was 6-for-7 from the charity stripe. She also snatched five steals and dished out four of Washburn’s six assists. Castaneda hit two triples and finished with eight points.

The Ichabods will play their final home game of the season on Saturday, Feb. 22, against Lincoln at 1 p.m. The six Washburn seniors will be recognized at the conclusion of the game.