Up and coming
Washburn: The Ichabods extended a two-game winning streak into a four-game spurt with wins over Missouri Southern and Pittsburg State last week. Washburn could also make a late surge in the standings with five of its final eight — and three of its last four — regular-season games at home.
On the skids
Lincoln: The Blue Tigers don’t have the longest losing streak among MIAA teams, but a 111-72 thumping at the hands of Central Missouri on Wednesday signified a spot at rock bottom. Since Dec. 8, Lincoln has posted one win — a shocking 70-65 triumph at Northwest Missouri State.
Nicholson named top player: Fort Hays State freshman guard Craig Nicholson was named the league’s men’s Basketball Athlete of the Week. Nicholson averaged 15 points and 11 assists per game in wins over Central Oklahoma and Missouri Southern last week.
Ridle leads scoring fray: Lincoln senior Cedric Ridle upped his scoring average by a tenth of a point on Wednesday with 21 points against Central Missouri. Ridle (19.3 points per game) currently leads the league in scoring, with Washburn’s Will McNeil (18.1), Northeastern State’s Bryton Hobbs (17.8) and Missouri Southern’s Marquis Addison (17.4) not far behind.
Shooting superiority: Northeastern State is deadly when shooting from anywhere on the floor. Through 20 games this season, the RiverHawks lead the MIAA in field-goal, free-throw and 3-point shooting percentage. The RiverHawks are making 78.9 percent of their foul shots, 48.6 percent of their field-goal attempts and 40.5 of their shots from behind the 3-point arc.
Ahead of the pack
Washburn: The Lady Blues turned in another dominant week with double-digit wins over both Missouri Southern and Pittsburg State.
Up and coming
Central Missouri and Truman: Both clubs have won four straight games and are tied for second in the league at 9-2, which is a half game behind Washburn. Emporia State is charging hard, too, having won five straight games to sit all alone in fifth place in the standings.