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Lincoln women fall short against Washburn

Lincoln women fall short against Washburn

February 1st, 2019 by News Tribune in College Sports

The final five minutes of the second half proved to be too costly for the Lincoln women's basketball team.

Washburn went on a 16-3 run to finish the first half and came away with a 79-73 win Thursday against the Blue Tigers.

The game went back and forth for much of the first 15 minutes. Lincoln finished the first quarter on a 9-3 run to take an 18-13 lead.

The Blue Tigers led by as many as seven points in the second quarter and held a 27-25 lead after a 3-pointer by Kaloni Pryear. Lincoln only made one field goal in the last five minutes of the first half, while Washburn took a 41-30 lead into intermission.

Lincoln continued to trail by double digits in the third quarter until a 3-pointer by Zhanesha Dickerson made the score 47-38 with about seven minutes left in the quarter. The Ichabods entered the fourth with a 61-52 advantage.

The Blue Tigers dressed just seven players for Thursday's game, but unlike their previous two outings, foul trouble was not an issue in this game.

Bre Coleman scored 16 of her game-high 28 points in the final 10 minutes. Her layup with a little more than four minutes to play pulled Lincoln within one point of the lead at 65-64. A few minutes later, she made a pair of free throws, cutting the margin to one again at 67-66.

Washburn answered with back-to-back 3-pointers by Reagan Phelan to widen its lead. Lincoln got within four points of the lead in the final minute on a 3 by Dickerson, but the Ichabods were able to close out the win.

Dickerson finished with 27 points for Lincoln, while Pryear added 11 points. Coleman grabbed a team-high eight rebounds and Alecia Gulledge had four steals.

Phelan led Washburn (14-5, 9-1 MIAA) with 20 points. Taylor Blue and Shelbe Piggie added 17 points each and Alexis McAfee finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Lincoln (9-10, 1-9 MIAA), which is below the .500 mark for the first time this season, will play at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Emporia State. The Hornets (15-5, 6-4 MIAA) won 83-63 against Lindenwood on Thursday at home.