Sports Briefs – 11/30/16

Ali Dade and Natalie Engler

M. B-Ball returns for Manhattan Christian

After coming out of their Puerto Rico tournament undefeated, the Washburn Ichabods return home with a record of 6-0. At 7 p.m. Thursday Dec. 1, Washburn will take on Manhattan Christian College on home turf at Lee Arena.

The Ichabods have a favorable matchup in this one, with the MCC Thunder sitting at a 2-4 record, and they have not recorded a victory since Nov 12. Adding to that, the Thunder’s losses have not been necessarily close either, as they have been defeated by margins of 16 and 33 in their last two. As long as they play the way they have been playing, the Ichabods should be looking at a win in this one.

W. B-Ball readies to handle the Panhandlers

The Washburn Ichabods are coming back from their journey to Puerto Rico with two wins, raising their record on the season to 4-2. 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, they will play the Oklahoma Panhandle State University Aggies in Topeka, KS.

The Aggies have a record of 1-4 this season, The Aggies sole win of the year came in their lone home game. They do not play well on the road, going 0-3 when away from home. Those losses are not close, either, with their losses coming by margins of 38, 33, and 26 points, with an outlier of a 1 point loss. While this seems like a favorable matchup, it was not too long ago that the Ichabods were teetering on a losing record at 2-2. However, they should still come out of this game with a win.

Volleyball lands on honor roll

On Tuesday, Nov. 29 the MIAA announced that eight members of Washburn’s volleyball team had made the conference’s Academic Honor Roll.

Four women were named MIAA Scholar Athletes: Natalie Bates, Alyssa Carney, Sarah Vicory and Leanna Willer; all four are seniors.

Four more women were named MIAA Academic Honor Roll: sophomore Shayla Conner, sophomore Jade Hodge, senior Callie Lowry and senior Carley Swan.

This is the third straight season that Vicory and Willer have placed, and the second straight season for Carney.

In order to qualify for the MIAA Academic Honor Roll, student athletes must maintain a 3.0 grade point average or higher. While those placed as the MIAA Scholar Athletes must maintain grade point average of 3.5 or better.

Football competes in Mineral Bowl Dec.3

To close out the season, the Washburn Ichabods will travel to Excelsior Springs, Missouri to challenge the Bemidji State Beavers in the Mineral Water Bowl on Saturday, Dec 3 at 12 p.m.

The Ichabods will attempt to forget their last game, a 30-3 blowout at the hands of Emporia State, which ended their season with a 7-4 record. They will try to do this against the Bemidji State Beavers, who ended their season on the other end of the spectrum, dominating the Minnesota Crookston Eagles in a resounding 76-13 victory.

This is a tough matchup, but the Ichabods may be able to exploit the Beaver’s defense with a potent offense of their own. However it goes, fans are in for an exciting game this weekend.

A note from SAGL:

For only $5, you can ride the charter bus to and from the game, receive admission into the alumni tailgate, AND receive a ticket to the game. The bus will leave Saturday morning at 9am from the LLC Circle drive. You must sign up and pay in advance to the Student Activities and Greek Life office located in the Union Underground. Space is limited.