WU women set for 31st straight appearance in MIAA Tournament

Rick Peterson


Coming off arguably its biggest win of the season, Washburn’s women’s basketball team will open its bid in the MIAA Tournament Wednesday night at Central Missouri.

The Ichabods, who are making their 31st-straight appearance in the MIAA Tournament, are the No. 7 seed and will face the No. 2-seeded Jennies in a 6 p.m. contest.

Washburn, 11-11 on the season, is coming off a 74-64 home win over Emporia State while the Jennies are coming off a 79-45 win over Lincoln, improving to 19-3 on the season.

Central Missouri is the defending MIAA Tournament champ.

Senior Huntley Bentley averages a team-high 15.5 points for the Ichabods, while also averaging 6.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.6 steals.

HunterBentleyactionHunter Bentley leads Washburn into Wednesday's MIAA Tournament opener at Central Missouri. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

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The hop is back for Heights product and Big 10 runner-up Hoffer

Rick Peterson


After a long injury battle, Michael Hoffer is once again feeling like the same athlete that captured four gold medals in a dominating performance for Shawnee Heights in the 2018 state track and field championships.

And that's not only good news for Hoffer, but for the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

A 7-foot-plus high jumper in high school, Hoffer fought an injury to his right knee throughout his first couple of years at Nebraska, but recently concluded a breakout indoor season for the Huskers with a second-place finish in the high jump at 6-11 in last weekend's Big 10 Conference meet at Geneva, Ohio.

"I definitely feel like I'm becoming my old self again for sure,'' Hoffer, who finished either first or secord in all five of the Huskers' indoor meets, said in a phone interview.

Mikey Hoffer 8Nebraska junior Mikey Hoffer is coming off a runner-up finish in the high jump at the Big 10 Indoor Championships last weekend. []

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