Washburn’s basketball teams will head to Joplin, Mo. Wednesday for an MIAA doubleheader at Missouri Southern, with the Ichabod men shooting for their 12th straight victory while the WU women will be trying to snap a three-game losing streak.
The women’s game will tip off at 5:30 p.m. at the Leggett and Platt Athletic Center while the men’s game will follow at 7:30.
Washburn’s men (13-3 overall and 7-0 in the MIAA) will be facing a Missouri Southern team (11-6, 6-2) that has won its last five games and nine of its last 10, including an 83-77 win over defending Division II national champion Northwest Missouri on Jan. 4.
The Ichabods will be trying to snap an eight-game losing streak to the Lions in Joplin dating back to 2006, while the Lions have taken five straight wins over WU overall. Washburn leads the series, 47-31.
Brett Ballard, in his first season as Washburn coach, will be coaching against former Kansas basketball teammate Jeff Boschee Wednesday night.
Junior Javion Blake leads the Ichabods with a 16.5 scoring average, with Blake becoming the 24th player in WU men’s history to reach the 1,000-point mark for his career in last Saturday’s 49-47 win over Central Oklahoma. Senior Brady Skeens averages 13.6 points and 10.1 rebounds and is shooting 74 percent from the field.
Washburn’s women (12-4, 4-3) will be facing a Missouri Southern team (9-7, 6-2) that has won eight straight games after starting the year 1-7. Washburn leads the all-time series with the Lions, 47-29.
Sophomore Reagan Phelan leads Washburn with a 13.9 scoring average while freshman Mackenzie Loe averages 10.6 points and sophomore Alexis McAfee 10.1 points.