Women’s basketball suffers devastating fall in MIAA

Bryan Grabauskas

The women’s basketball team had their bags packed this week as they traveled to Kearney, Nebraska, to take on the University of Nebraska Feb. 1. They then traveled o Hays, Kansas, to challenge Fort Hays State University Feb. 3.

It was a long week, both in travel and in play. The Ichabods fell to both teams, losing 61-70 to the Lopers and 47-66 to the Tigers. After victories in initial meetings with both teams, the Ichabods are now 6-7 in conference play.

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The first game of the week was against Nebraska, and the Ichabods started off well with a three-pointer right out of the gate. Both teams took turns making baskets with Washburn keeping the lead.

Scoring was back and forth until the score was tied at 10. At that point, the Lopers started pulling ahead. By the time the opening quarter ended, the Lopers were ahead by 7 points making the score 21-14.

The deficit did not change much during the second quarter, with Nebraska extending their lead by 3 points. At halftime, the score was 38-28. The Lopers came into the second half hot as they quickly extended their led to 15 points.

The Ichabods fought back and cut the deficit to seven by the end of the third quarter, making the score 47-54. The fourth quarter was pretty even in scoring, but the Ichabods could not overcome their early struggles and lost the game.

Wrapping up the week, the Ichabods faced FHSU. The game started fairly even, with both teams scoring against each other. Washburn pulled ahead for a moment, but Fort Hays stole the lead by the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter started with the Tigers in the lead, with the score being 17-18. Then the Tigers put on a clinic as they stormed their way to a 38-20 lead.

The Ichabods spent the third quarter attempting to cut into the deficit. Despite some mid-quarter success, they ultimately let the Tigers pull further ahead, with a score of 30-54.

The fourth quarter was the last chance for Washburn to pull themselves together, but again they fell short. The final results had the Tigers on top of the 47-66 score.

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Up next for the Ichabods is a home game against Missouri Western State University Wednesday, Feb. 9 at Lee Arena. The Ichabods will look to bounce back against the Griffons as they continue a devastating slide down the polls.