The Washburn women’s basketball team led from start to finish against Newman in a 70-53 victory in Lee Arena Saturday afternoon. The Ichabods posted their third-straight home win and improve to 10-5 (4-5 MIAA) while the Jets drop to 9-11 (4-7 MIAA).
Reagan Phelan got things started in a hurry for the Ichabods as she connected on a three-pointer just 22 seconds into the game. Washburn continued to add on in the frame as it shot 52.9 percent from the field (9-for-17) and went 4-for-9 from three point land and led 22-10 at the end of the opening quarter.
To start the second quarter, it was Mia Castaneda’s turn to hit a three-pointer right away followed by two made free throws by Hunter Bentley to make it a 17 point lead. Newman put together two separate 6-0 scoring runs, but still trailed 35-26 at halftime. Both teams finished the first half shooting 40 percent from the field while the Ichabods held an advantage from behind the arc, going 5-for-14 (35.7 percent) to the Jets’ 1-for-9 (11.1 percent).
Newman got within seven points, 51-44, early in the fourth quarter, but another three from Phelan at the 8:09 mark put Washburn up by double-figures again and they would keep that it above that mark for the remainder of the game. Washburn shot 47.1 percent (8-of-17) in the final frame and finished with the 70-53 victory after Sabela Reigosa added a layup in the final minute of play.
Washburn finished the game shooting 41 percent from the field (25-of-61) while Newman shot at a 40.5 clip (17-of-42). The Ichabods held a resounding advantage from three-point distance, making 11-of-25 three pointers (44 percent) to the Jets’ 18.8 percent (3-of-16). Washburn was 9-for-10 from the charity stripe and the Jets made 21 trips to the foul line and made 16 of those attempts. Washburn edged Newman in rebounds, 34-30, and also grabbed seven offensive boards off the glass. Turnovers proved costly for the Jets as the Ichabods converted 22 turnovers into 21 points.
Piggie led all scorers with 18 points and was 7-for-13 from the floor and 3-for-5 from behind the arc. Bentley contributed 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Phelan moved up to ninth on Washburn’s all-time scorers list after adding 12 points on four triples in the game. She now has 1,322 points in her career. Alexis McAfee handed out a career-high eight assists and also reached a career milestone of over 800 points as she scored six tonight and now has 805 total.
Washburn will travel to the Show Me State next week for two games. The Ichabods will take on Lincoln on Jan. 29 and then travel to Central Missouri on Feb. 1.