Women’s basketball secures two straight matches at Lee Arena

Sophomore Reagan Phelan drives down the court against Missouri Western State Wednesday, Feb. 7 at Lee Arena.

Justin Villalona

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The last two home games of the season for the women’s basketball team ended up with two wins, the first game was Feb. 7 against Missouri Western State University.

The Ichabods held the Griffons scoreless in the first quarter as they went on a 12-0 run, then in the second quarter Washburn scored only eight points as the Griffons scored 15.

The Griffons went on a 9-0 run that made the score 18-13 with 2:02 left in the half. It wasn’t enough to stop the Ichabods from scoring as they scored 16 in the third quarter and 23 in the fourth to put away the game.

Washburn never trailed in the game and dominated throughout the whole game. The Ichabods made 20 out of 45 from the field with 5 of 14 from the three-point line. They also went 14 out of 17 from the free throw line, a won the rebound battle 33-25.

Sophomore Reagan Phelan finished with a game best 16 points and five rebounds, while senior Axelle Bernard followed with 14 points and two blocks, and freshman McKenzie Loe had a game-high seven boards, while getting two blocks.

The final score was 59-45. Washburn improved to 15-8 and 7-7 in MIAA.

The second game was in Washburn’s favor as they blew by Northwest Missouri State, winning 54-84.

Washburn was on fire from the start as they shot 53 percent from the field.

Washburn scored 25 points in the first quarter and held the Bearcats to only five points. The score at the half was 15-51.

The Ichabods were just way too much for the Bearcats to handle as the lead just kept growing. The largest lead of the night was 41 with 7:07 left in the third quarter.

The Bearcats outscored WU in the third 22-17 and in the fourth 17-16, but Washburn’s high-powered offense was just way too much for the Bearcats.

Washburn was an overall better team as they had a powerful 19 rebounds, 22-41 and outscoring them in the paint 16-40. It was a great night for a home finale.

Alexis McAfee finished 20 points, five rebounds, and three assists.

“I felt like we played really well tonight,” McAfee said.

Axelle Bernard finished with 11 points and six rebounds.

“We had a great game and played wonderful,” Bernard said.

Washburn improved to 16-8 and 8-7 in MIAA with four games remaining.

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The Ichabods will close their season with four road games which starts at 5:30 Feb. 13 against one of their biggest rivals, Emporia State.