Women glide past Blue Tigers

Ben Mack

The Washburn women’s basketball team were able to get its first MIAA win against Lincoln University of Missouri Thursday night. The win pushed their season record to 6-3 on the year.

The Bods played a sloppy first half having 10 turnovers while only shooting 42 percent from the floor. Luckily the Blue Tigers didn’t have much either in the first half of this contest, only shooting 44 percent from the floor and having nine turnovers of their own.

The Blue Tigers were shooting lights out from beyond the arch hitting seven out of 14. The Blue Tigers, who are not known for their three-point shooting caught Washburn off guard. Washburn Head coach Ron McHenry to change from his normal man-to-man defense into a zone defense, because of match up problems the Ichabods faced with the Blue Tigers lineup. The Ichabods were fortunate to go into halftime trailing 35-31.

“I told the girls it was somewhat embarrassing, we shouldn’t be down to Lincoln at half,” said McHenry.

The second half was a different song and dance. Washburn were the ones that caught fire from downtown connecting on five-12. Washburn got a lot of help from their bench, who contributed 18 points. The Bods won 74-66.

A bright spot for the Bods was getting Taylor Ignoto back on the court. Ignoto has been inactive for the past year due to MIAA transferring policies. In her return she was able to spark the Bods offense with 14 points.

“Shes a great asset to our team,” McHenry said. “Shes going to help us out a lot down the road when she gets the system down, and gets back into a rhythm.

The Bods were led by none other than senior Casyn Buchman who had a game high of 21. Buchman lead all MIAA in average points per game. Following Buchman was Ignoto and Kara Lee with 13. Brittney Lynch stood out with a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

“I think we took away the fact that we are still in where we want to be and we still have improvements to work on,” said Buchman.

The Bods are at home at 1 p.m. Sunday against Lindenwood. Sunday’s game will wrap up the year before they start back up in January.