The Washburn Ichabods had a successful weekend doubleheader against their in-stat foes from Crawford County, the Pittsburg State Gorillas. It was an important pair of wins for Washburn, too, before the Ichabods hit the road for their two longest road trips of the season over the next two weeks.
Women: Washburn 75, #25 Pittsburg State 62
The Ichabods earned their first ranked win of the season this weekend by knocking off the sliding Pitt State Gorillas by 13, ending Washburn’s three-game losing skid. In a total role reversal from Wednesday’s loss to Missouri Southern, when the Ichabods scored just one point in the first quarter and shot 3-of-29 from the floor in the first half, Washburn surged ahead of the Gorillas in the second period, taking the lead for good at the 5:01 mark in the quarter.
Senior guard Aubree Dewey led WU in scoring with 23 points in the win, her third 20-point performance in the last four games. Sophomore center Yiibari Nwidadah added 15 points along with 14 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the year, and sophomore guard Aniah Wayne also cracked double figures with 14 points in the victory.
Men: (RV) Washburn 81, Pittsburg State 74
Washburn got off to a slow start on Saturday, falling behind 26-16 in the first half before finding another gear and taking over the game. The Ichabods ended the half on a 21-10 run, including a layup by sophomore guard Sam Ungashick just before the halftime buzzer to take the lead.
It was an even scoring effort for Washburn in the victory, with seven players scoring at least seven points. Freshman guard Jack Bachelor continued his recent tear with a team-high 14 points and five assists, while fellow freshman Brayden Shorter had another big shooting game, knocking down a pair of threes on his way to 13 points. Ungashick and junior forward Andrew Orr each had 13 points, too. The Ichabods shot nearly 51% from the floor in the win and hit almost 44% of their three-point tries.
Next up: Washburn will face the Fort Hays State Tigers on the road Thursday, with the Game 1 tipoff set for 5:30 p.m.