Washburn women, men top Lincoln, remain unbeaten in MIAA

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Reagan Phelan and Axelle Bernard scored 19 points apiece as the Washburn women’s basketball team moved to 4-0 in MIAA play for the first time since 2012 with a 66-58 road win at Lincoln on Monday.

 

Washburn, which wrapped up the first semester at 10-1 overall, led 49-46 at the end of the third quarter and used a 10-0 spurt to open up an 11-point lead with 3:10 left.

“We started out pretty slow and we had to pick it up in the second half and end our first semester with a good record and undefeated in conference,” Phelan told KTPK-FM in a postgame interview.

Phelan scored 13 after halftime, finishing the game 7 of 14 from the field and 4 of 4 from the foul line. Bernard, a senior forward in her first year with the Ichabods, was 8 of 10 from the floor and 2 of 3 from the line for a career night.

Washburn, which led 31-28 halftime, went 24 of 50 from the field for the game while holding Lincoln (3-8, 0-4 MIAA) to 23 of 61.

With Emporia State taking a 93-72 loss to Lindenwood on Monday, Washburn and Central Missouri (3-0 MIAA) are the only unbeaten teams in league play.

“We’re really happy with being 4-0 in conference,” Phelan told KTPK. “We were picked eighth so we’re just trying to prove some haters wrong, I guess.”

Washburn will be off until Dec. 30, facing Benedictine in Lee Arena.

WU MEN 77, LINCOLN 63 — Brady Skeens and the Ichabods overcame a slow start with a torrid second half to win their seventh straight game and remain unbeaten in MIAA play.

Washburn (9-3, 4-0 MIAA) spotted Lincoln a 19-10 advantage early in the game, but Skeens scored 13 points in the opening half to help the Ichabods rally to within 35-32 by intermission.

“We kind of weathered the storm,” WU coach Brett Ballard told KTPK. “They (the Blue Tigers) were kind of turned up, which you would expect at home. I thought Brady gave us a big boost late in the (first) half and we kept going to him. They couldn’t really guard him.”

Skeens finished with a game-high 23 points, adding 10 points after the break when WU walloped Lincoln 45-28. Skeens was 5 for 6 from the field in the final half, leading the Ichabods’ 55 percent shooting effort down the stretch.

Javion Blake scored 13 of his 21 points in the second half, going 6 for 6 from the free-throw line. Isaac Clark rounded out the Ichabods’ double-figure scorers with 13 points.

Lincoln (5-7, 0-4) was led by Terrance Smith, who came off the bench to score 19 points.

WASHBURN WOMEN 66, LINCOLN 58

Washburn .. 14 … 17 … 18 … 17 … — … 66

Lincoln … 19 … 9 … 18 … 12 … — … 58

Washburn (10-1, 4-0 MIAA) — Phelan 7-14 4-4 19, Bernard 8-10 1-2 19, McAfee 3-9 2-2 8, Smith 3-6 1-2 7, Blue 1-2 0-0 2, Donley 0-3 6-6 6, Mak. Vargo 1-2 0-0 3, Loe 1-3 0-0 2, Bentley 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-50 14-16 66.

Lincoln (3-8, 0-4 MIAA) — Lopez 8-14 1-1 22, Brintle 4-11 1-2 11, Foster 2-3 0-0 4, Gunter 1-4 0-0 2, Coleman 1-8 0-1 2, Butler 3-9 0-0 6, Black 2-4 0-0 5, Brown-Henderson 1-5 2-3 4, Bryant 1-2 0-0 2, Kaelke 0-1 0-0 0, Brantley 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-61 4-8 58.

3-point goals — Washburn 4-14 (Bernard 2-3, Phelan 1-4, Mak. Vargo 1-1, McAfee 0-3, Blue 0-1, Donley 0-2), Lincoln 8-23 (Lopez 5-9, Brintle 2-6, Black 1-2, Foster 0-1, Butler 0-2, Brown-Henderson 0-1). Rebounds — Washburn 37 (McAfee 10), Lincoln 26 (Brown-Henderson 8). Assists — Washburn 12 (McAfee 4), Lincoln 11 (Brintle 4). Turnovers — Washburn 16, Lincoln 13. Fouls — Washburn 8, Lincoln 18. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. A — 213.

WASHBURN MEN 77, LINCOLN 63

Washburn (9-3, 4-0) — Skeens 9-11 5-9 23, Blake 6-14 7-8 21, Salach 2-3 2-2 6, Smith 2-4 0-0 5, Wiggins 0-2 0-0 0, Clark 4-10 5-5 13, Pyle 3-4 0-0 9, Williams 0-2 0-0 0, Martin 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 26-53 19-24 77.

Lincoln (5-7, 0-4) — Mason 3-12 2-2 10, Burton 2-6 4-4 9, Williams 3-3 3-3 9, Olsson 3-5 0-0 6, Ivory 1-6 3-4 6, Smith 5-10 8-8 19, Chambers 1-5 0-0 2, Makazu 1-2 0-3 2, Nailes 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-49 20-24 63.

Halftime — Lincoln 35, Washburn 32. 3-point goals — Washburn 6-15 (Pyle 3-4, Blake 2-6, Smith 1-1, Wiggins 0-2, Clark 0-1, Martin 0-1), Lincoln 5-22 (Mason 2-8, Burton 1-4, Ivory 1-4, Smith 1-3, Olsson 0-2, Chambers 0-1). Rebounds — Washburn 30 (Skeens 8), Lincoln 30 (Olsson 6). Assists — Washburn 11 (Salach 3), Lincoln 11 (Mason 4). Turnovers — Washburn 12, Lincoln 14. Fouls — Washburn 23, Lincoln 21. Fouled out — Williams. A — 407.

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