Washburn’s men and women will try to remain unblemished in the MIAA when they play host to Nebraska-Kearney on Saturday at Lee Arena. The women’s game will tip off at 5 p.m. followed by the men at 7.
Washburn’s women opened league play by rallying for a 62-59 win against Fort Hays State on Wednesday behind 18 points from Alexis McAfee and 17 from from Reagan Phelan. The Ichabods (7-1) overcame a 14-point second-half deficit.
The Kearney women (8-1, 2-1 MIAA) are coming off their first loss of the season, an 85-64 setback at Emporia State on Thursday. Alyssa Frauendorfer (15.6 ppg) and Michaela Barry (15.4 ppg) lead the Lopers, ranking fifth and seventh in the MIAA in scoring.
Washburn’s men (6-3) will be seeking their fifth straight win following Wednesday’s 69-58 victory against FHSU. Brady Skeens had a team-best 16 points and seven rebounds while Javion Blake added 15 points for WU, which will try to snap an eight-game losing skid to Kearney.
Trey Lansman leads four UNK (5-6, 2-1 MIAA) players in double figures with 21.0 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.
WU’S OLMSTEAD HONORED AS PLAYER OF YEAR — Washburn senior defensive back D.J. Olmstead was named the 2017 Hero Sports Division II fan choice for defensive player of the year on Friday.
Olmstead, a transfer from Idaho, finished second nationally in fumbles recovered with four and set a WU record with three interceptions returned for touchdowns. He had six picks overall, ranking 14th nationally, to go along with 59 tackles, 7 pass break-ups and 3 forced fumbles.