Washburn women rally for win over Fort Hays State; Ichabod men shut down Tigers

The difference in Washburn’s offense with its point guard on the floor was night and day.

 

Reagan Phelan’s return to the court, after getting benched five minutes into the game with two fouls, helped the Ichabods erase a 14-point deficit in a 62-59 win Wednesday against Fort Hays State. The sophomore scored 11 of her 17 points in the third quarter, keying a 14-2 run that gave WU yet another double-digit comeback and a win in its MIAA opener.

“The good part is, we were only down 9 (at halftime) and still felt like we had a chance,” said WU coach Ron McHenry. “We were in a hole against a pretty good basketball team. We’ve done it a few times this year. I didn’t know if it would continue, and it did.”

The Ichabods had 13 first-half turnovers, shot 10 for 29 and were behind 33-24 at halftime. Phelan converted an and-1 to start the second half and get WU within six before the Tigers went on a pair of 8-0 runs.

Free throws by Seaman product Tatyana Legette gave Fort Hays its largest lead at 41-27 before WU turned it around on offense, with just five second-half turnovers.

Alexis McAfee hit a 3-pointer to end the third quarter and a layup to start the fourth to give WU a 48-47 lead.

“Our offense was better in the second half,” McHenry said. “We started making shots and our defense picked up. When you struggle to score, your head gets down a little. We got their lead from nine to six, then around four or five. We just needed to make a run, and we did.”

Legette gave the Tigers a 59-56 lead with 2:47 left, but McAfee and Phelan scored the game’s final six points, finishing with a game-high 18 and 17, respectively. Carly Heim led Fort Hays with 14, and Emma Stroyan added 12.

Legette, who scored 10, missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer. Stroyan also missed an open look from 3 with about four seconds left.

WASHBURN MEN 69, FORT HAYS STATE 58 – The Ichabods were already in control throughout the second half, with a lead that never dropped below five. Then, to help matters, both of the Tigers starting forwards fouled out.

Senior Hadley Gillum was contained to 11 points in 23 minutes before picking up his fifth foul with six minutes remaining. WU gave the 19-point-per-game scorer trouble all night, and Brady Werth was forced to join him on the bench a couple minutes later.

It was a standout night for the Ichabods’ defense, and that’s just how coach Brett Ballard would prefer it in his first MIAA win.

“You’ve got to win in different ways,” he said. “This was a grind-it-out, ugly game and you’ve got to find a way to win some of these. I thought our defense was solid.”

Brady Skeens scored a game-high 16 points for WU, while Javion Blake added 15. Isaac Clark scored 11 off the bench, in addition to several late daggers.

Jace Williams found the senior guard on a backdoor cut, and Clark was fouled on the layup, pushing the lead to 57-47. More importantly, it gave Gillum his fourth foul. On the Tigers’ next trip down the court, he fouled out on a charge.

“He was averaging 19,” Ballard said. “But in the conference he was averaging 30. He was a big focus of ours to really make him work to get his points. We threw some different guys at him and did a pretty good job of not giving him his shots.”

Clark threw an alley-oop to Skeens for a dunk a couple minutes later and hit a 3-pointer with 3:10 remaining to put WU up 66-53.

Ballard noted that although the Ichabods turned it over 18 times, they shot 54 percent from the field (24 of 44).

“We had just enough decent offensive possessions,” he said. “When we didn’t turn it over, we did pretty darn good. We’re still putting in some new stuff, so it’ll just take a little time to get in a better flow offensively, and we’ll eliminate those turnovers as the year goes along.”

WASHBURN WOMEN 62, FORT HAYS STATE 59

Fort Hays State … 20 … 13 … 14 … 12 … — … 59

Washburn … 18 … 6 … 22 … 16 … — … 62

Fort Hays State (7-1, 2-1 MIAA) — Legette 4-9 2-2 10, Barbieri 1-2 0-0 2, Rolfs 4-13 1-2 10, Heim 6-14 1-2 14, Kennett 4-11 1-2 9, Clampitt 0-1 0-0 0, Shupe 1-2 0-0 2, Aslan 0-0 0-0 0, Randall 0-0 0-0 0, Stroyan 4-8 2-2 12. Totals 24-60 7-10 59.

Washburn (7-1, 1-0 MIAA) — Bernard 1-6 0-0 2, Blue 1-3 0-0 3, Phelan 6-13 4-4 17, McAfee 6-12 2-2 18, Smith 1-7 0-0 2, Mad. Vargo 0-1 0-0 0, Mak. Vargo 2-2 0-0 5, Donley 0-4 0-0 0, Loe 7-11 1-2 15, Bentley 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 24-61 7-8 62.

3-point goals — Fort Hays State 4-18 (Stroyan 2-4, Heim 1-4, Rolfs 1-5, Kennett 0-4, Clampitt 0-1, Legette 0-1), Washburn 7-23 (McAfee 4-8, Phelan 1-3, Blue 1-3, Vargo 1-1, Bernard 0-4, Donley 0-1, Bentley 0-1, Smith 0-1). Rebounds — Fort Hays State 37 (Legette 10), Washburn 36 (McAfee 7). Assists — Fort Hays State 7 (Legette 2, Heim 2), Washburn 14 (Bernard 4). Turnovers — Fort Hays State 16, Washburn 18. Fouls — Fort Hays State 11, Washburn 18. Fouled out — None. Technical fouls — None.

WASHBURN MEN 69, FORT HAYS STATE 58

Fort Hays State (6-3, 2-1 MIAA) — Gillum 4-11 2-3 11, Werth 3-5 0-3 6, Kinnamon 2-9 4-4 10, Cooper 0-4 0-0 0, O’Neil 0-5 1-2 1, Wilson 1-3 0-0 2, Nicholson 2-6 2-2 8, Nunnery 1-3 0-0 2, Vitzum 1-1 0-0 2, Holmes 2-3 0-0 6, Stephens 3-9 4-5 10, Harrington 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 19-62 13-19 58.

Washburn (6-3, 1-0 MIAA) — Skeens 7-11 2-5 16, Salach 1-3 0-0 2, Smith 3-4 0-0 6, Blake 4-6 6-9 15, Wiggins 1-4 0-0 3, Geiman 0-3 1-2 1, Martin 4-7 3-5 11, Clark 3-5 3-3 11, McKee 1-1 0-0 2, Holmberg 0-0 0-0 0, Williams 0-0 2-4 2. Totals 24-44 17-28 69.

Halftime — Washburn 32-24. 3-point goals — Fort Hays State 7-25 (Kinnamon 2-6, Nicholson 2-5, Holmes 2-3, Gillum 1-2, Nunnery 0-3 Stephens 0-1, Wilson 0-1, Cooper 0-1, O’Neil 0-3). Washburn 4-15 (Clark 2-2, Blake 1-3, Wiggins 1-4, Salach 0-2, Geiman 0-2, Martin 0-2). Rebounds — Fort Hays State 37 (Werth 9), Washburn 32 (Skeens 7). Assists — Fort Hays State 11 (Kinnamon 3, Holmes 3). Washburn 14 (Martin 4). Turnovers — Fort Hays State 16, Washburn 18. Fouls — Fort Hays State 21, Washburn 18. Fouled out — Gillum, Werth.

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