Scoring has become monotonous for opponents of the Northeastern State women. The RiverHawks have turned the opposition's shooting percentages into mush.
Among Nebraska Kearney, Fort Hays State and Emporia State, the highest shooting percentage by any of the three against NSU in the last two weeks was Kearney's 33.9 percent (21-of-62) at the NSU Event Center on Jan. 16. Emporia State (31.5 percent) and Emporia State (24.6 percent) fared much worse.
"We're playing the same defense that we've played all season," NSU coach Randy Gipson said following the RiverHawks' demolition of No. 2 Emporia State on Wednesday night. "You have to give the players a lot of credit. It's alertness. They help each other and we rotate."
On Saturday, NSU will take its lockdown defense on the road to Topeka, Kan. The RiverHawks will challenge Washburn (11-5, 6-3 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) at Lee Arena at 5 p.m.
Washburn is coming off a 65-59 victory over Central Oklahoma on Thursday. The Ichabods are now in the midst of a four-game winning streak, with all four triumphs coming at home.
In Washburn's win over Central Oklahoma, Taylor Ignoto led the way for the Ichabods with 16 points. Honor Duvall chipped in with 15 points.
NSU will counter with Fontana Tate, who posted a career-high 23 points in NSU's upset of Emporia State, which suffered its first loss and had a 17-game winning streak snapped at NSU.
While the NSU women are riding a three-game winning streak, the NSU men are looking to get out of funk, which consists of four losses in five games.
The RiverHawks are reeling after a 72-67 loss to Emporia State.
"We have to become a more cohesive team," NSU men's coach Larry Gipson said. "We have to play better as a team if we are going to start winning again."
The RiverHawks are now 11-6 overall and 6-4 in league play.
Washburn, after beating Central Oklahoma, 76-69, on Thursday night, is now 13-3 and 6-3. The Ichabods are led by Alex North and Kyle Wiggins, who both average 14.6 points per game.
The men's game Schendel Court will tip off at 7.