From staff reports
TOPEKA, Kan. —
Pittsburg State’s second three-game road trip in the last three weeks ended with a thud on Saturday night at Lee Arena.
The Gorillas were swept by a pair of nationally-ranked Washburn squads — the Pitt State men falling 67-51 to the No. 21 Ichabods and the women losing 58-44 to the ninth-ranked Lady Blues.
The Gorilla men (13-6, 6-5 MIAA) — already short-handed with starters JaVon McGee (the team’s No. 2 scorer and top rebounder) and Courtney Ingram (the team’s No. 3 scorer) out with injury — had three starters foul out in the second half.
Washburn (14-4, 7-3) took advantage of McGee’s absence and outrebounded the Gorillas 41-30.
The Ichabods used an 8-0 run late in the first half to take a double-digit lead into halftime. Pitt State could get no closer than 13 points in the second half.
Washburn’s Will McNeill scored a game-high 14 points while Bobby Chipman scored 12 points and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds. Martin Mitchell and Joseph Smith each added 10 for the Ichabods.
Pitt State got 11 points from freshman Kaleb Porter and nine apiece from Marky Nolen and freshman Jake Bullard, who was playing for the first time in five games after suffering a broken hand against Lincoln.
The Pitt State women were also hurt on the boards. The Lady Blues outrebounded the Gorillas 38-25 and Pitt State didn’t pick up an offensive rebound until the second half.
Washburn (15-3, 9-1) led by 11 at halftime and never let the Gorillas (12-7, 6-5) back into the game.
Laura Kinderknecht hit three 3-pointers and led Washburn with 15 points while Sierra Moeller added 10.
Lauren Brown led Pitt State with 14 points and eight rebounds — seven rebounds and all 14 points coming in the second half. Lizzy Jeronimus scored 12 points, pulled down seven boards and had four assists, and Megan Westhoff added nine points on three treys.
Both Pitt State teams return to John Lance arena for just the second time since Jan. 5 on Thursday for a doubleheader against Truman State.