Lady Blues to Host Thanksgiving Classic

No. 6 Lady Blues to host Capitol Plaza/AM580 WIBW Radio Holiday Classic ...
The No. 6 ranked Washburn Lady Blues will play host to C.W. Post on Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. then take on Texas A&M-Commerce the following day at 3 p.m. as part of the Capitol Plaza/AM 580 WIBW Holiday Classic. In the first match up of the day on Thanksgiving, Texas A&M-Commerce will face Rockhurst at 5 p.m. On Friday, the teams will switch and C.W. Post will take on Rockhurst at 1 p.m. Texas A&M-Commerce was ranked No. 12 in the WBCA/ESPN Preseason Coaches Poll.

Lady Blues on radio . . .
The Lady Blues game will be broadcast on AM 580 WIBW radio with Mark Elliott and Bruce Steinbrock calling the action. The games will also be streamed live online by clicking the live audio button under Lady Blues Basketball on the WU web site at by clicking the live audio link under Lady Blues Basketball.

The coaches . . .
Washburn head coach Ron McHenry has posted a 190-37 (.836) record overall and 98-26 (.790) record in the MIAA with four consecutive MIAA regular season championships from 2003-06 and the 2005 NCAA National Championship. He was named the Lady Blues head coach prior to the 2000-01 season. He is second among active women's NCAA Division II Coaches in winning percentage. McHenry was named the MIAA’s Coach of the Year in 2005 and in 2006 and the Division II Bulletin National Coach of the Year in 2005. (complete bio on page 2 of notes.)
C.W. Post’s Sharrona Reaves was named the sixth head women’s basketball coach in C.W. Post history in May, 2006. She she is 19-12 in her second season.
Texas A&M-Commerce Denny Downing is 71-79 in his sixth season coaching the Lions.

Last Time Out for the Lady Blues . . .
Nov. 23, 2007 - #6 Washburn 84, Baker 39 • TOPEKA, Kan. -- The No. 6 Washburn Lady Blues rolled to an 84-39 win over Baker hitting a school record 15 3-pointers in the process improving to 2-0 on the season.
Washburn led from start to finish as they opened up the game on a 19-3 run with 12:13 left in the first half. Washburn would increase the lead to as many as 27 in the half as they hit 15 of 34 field goal attempts while holding Baker to 6 of 23 attempts.
In the second half, it was much the same as the Lady Blues pushed the lead to as many as 49 on three different occasions holding Baker to four field goals in the second half and 10 for the game.
Janice Bright led the Lady Blues with a career-high 20 points hitting 6 of 7 from the field including a three 3-pointers. Corkey Stiger scored 19 hitting 7 of 11 from the field including five 3-pointers. Also in double figures was Brette Ulsaker who scored 11 with a team-high eight rebounds with five off of the offensive glass.
Washburn shot 47 percent for the game hitting 31 of 65 attempts overall.

Washburn/C.W. Post Series notes . . .
Thursday’s meeting will be the first between the two schools.

About C.W. Post . . .
The C.W. Post women’s basketball team was selected second in the East Coast Conference preseason coaches poll.
The Pioneers received six first-place votes for a total of 110 points, just two shy of preseason favorite, University of New Haven, who had 112 points.
Senior forward Erica Bell (Mayslanding, N.J.) was selected to the ECC First Team All-Conference while junior forward Whitney Murrer (Richmond, Va.) and sophomore guard Jasmine Moore (Bronx, N.Y.) were named Second Team All-Conference. Bell was named to the Second Team following the 2006-07 season.
C.W. Post returns six letterwinners and welcomes seven newcomers to the 2007-08 squad. The Pioneers will open their season with a home match against St. Rose on Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Pratt Recreation Center.

Last time out for C.W. Post . . .
BROOKVILLE, N.Y. (Nov. 17, 2007) – Junior guard Dana Brown scored a game high 16 points to lead Saint Rose College past C.W. Post, 75-65, in the season opener for both teams Saturday afternoon at the Pratt Recreation Center
The Golden Knights shot .432 (16 of 37) from the field. The Pioneers shot .349 (22 of 63) from the field and won out on the boards, 38-36.
The teams kept the game close throughout the first half The Golden Knights opened the game with a 7-2 run before sophomore guard Jasmine Moore (Bronx, N.Y.) drained a three-pointer at 16:23 to close the gap. The Pioneers took the lead with 11:55 remaining when freshman guard Emily Hall (Montclair, N.J.) drove in for a lay-up on a pass from junior forward Katrina Ware (Newark, N.J.).
With the exception of a jumper from senior guard Suzana Sormaz at 9:24, the Pioneers held onto the lead for the remainder of the half and headed to the locker room with a slim 38-37 lead.
In the second half, the Golden Knights returned to the court shooting an improved 45 percent (9 of 20) and were able to keep the Pioneers to a 27.6 shooting percentage.
With the Pioneers holding a 46-41 lead with 15:11 on the clock, St. Rose embarked on a 10-2 run that reclaimed their lead (51-48). C.W. Post tied the game minutes later at 51-all when senior guard Basimah Thompson (Galloway, N.J.) converted a three-pointer at 9:48.
From there, the Golden Knights went on a 9-2 run to and held on defensively to secure the lead.
St. Rose took advantage of C.W. Post’s 35 fouls and shot a collective 40-for-50 from the free throw line. Along with Brown, senior guard Emily Gottstein registered 15 points and pulled down five rebounds while Sormaz finished the game with 14 points, including two beyond the arc.
For the Pioneers, Thompson led the offense with 15 points on 6-for-12 shooting from the floor and pulled down six rebounds along with two assists and two steals. Hall and Moore each finished the game with 14 points apiece as Moore led the team with eight rebounds.

Series history with Texas A&M-Commerce . . .
The Lions lead the all-time series 1-0 winning the only meeting on March 12, 2007 in the NCAA South Central Regional Final in St. Joseph, Mo., 71-70.

About Texas A&M-Commerce . . .
The Lions are 2-0 and were ranked No. 12 in the WBCA/ESPN Preseason Coaches Poll. The topped Southern Arkansas on the road 55-50 in its opener and beat Paul Quinn 79-43 on Nov. 20. Melissa Bratton leads the Lions with a 19.5 ppg average. She leads four Lions who are averaging double figures in two games.

Last meeting with the Lions . . .
March 12, 2007 - Texas A&M-Commerce 71, Washburn 70 - ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – The Washburn Lady Blues season came to an end with a 71-70 loss to Texas A&M-Commerce Monday in the MWSU Fieldhouse. The Lady Blues finish the season with a 29-4 overall record.
After falling behind by 13 in the second half, Washburn rallied in the second half going on a 21-8 to open the second half to knot score at 51 on a traditional three-point play with 9:30 remaining. Washburn would push the lead to 61-56 on a 3-pointer by Brooke Ubelaker. However the Lions would comeback to tie the score at 63 with and take the lead for good at 64-63.
Washburn was led by Ubelaker, who made her MIAA record 134th start, with 26 points on 9 of 14 from the field and 5 of 10 from behind the arc. Amanda Holmes and Corkey Stiger each had 12 points.
The four, four-year seniors of Cindy Keeley, Brooke Ubelaker, Megan Sullivan and Holly Henrichs, finished with a career record of 122-12. They also helped WU claim the 2005 National Championship, three MIAA regular season championships, three MIAA postseason championships, three NCAA Regional Finals and one regional championship.

Lady Blues notes . . .
#3 – Brette Ulsaker – 5 of 11 rebounds have been offensive
#4 – Amanda Holmes – Leads team with 10.5 rebounds per game
#11 – Renata Germano – 3 of 4 rebounds have been offensive
#13 – Jessica Mainz – Has 5 offensive rebounds compared to 4 defensive
#14 – Alyssa Mullen – Scored first collegiate points against Baker
#20 – Hadleigh Meek – Has hit 2 of 7 3-point attempts this season
#21 – Corkey Stiger – Shooting 50 percent from 3-point land hitting 6 of 12
#23 – Jacki Tipping – Both rebounds are offensive this season
#24 – Karla Tailele – Second of team with 5 3-pointers made (13 attempts)
#30 – Kalee Silovsky – Has hit both free throw attempts this season
#32 – Janice Bright – Scored a season-high 20 points against Baker
#33 – Hope Gregory – Has hit 4 of 6 field goal attempts this season
#44 – Emily Gibson – 2 of 3 from the field and 3 of 3 from the free throw line this season
#50 – Regiane Araujo – 7 of 14 from the field with 6 rebounds per game average

Lady Blues in Lee Arena . . .
In their 24th season in Lee Arena, the Lady Blues are 290-55 (.836) overall at home.
The longest winning streak was 44 games from Dec. 1, 1990 to March 20, 1993.
The Lady Blues have won 32 straight regular season non-conference games in Lee Arena. The last defeat by a non-conference team in the regular season was to Missouri-St. Louis in a 59-51 setback on Dec. 30, 2000.
Washburn is 98-10 (.901) in home games under Ron McHenry.

Lady Blues history . . .
Washburn is 671-320 (.678 in 991 games) in its 38th season of intercollegiate action.

WU in the national poll . . .
The Washburn Lady Blues were picked No. 6 in the WBCA/USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 Preseason Poll which was released on Oct. 31. The Lady Blues were ranked No. 8 in the final poll of the 2007-08 season after finishing with a 29-4 overall record. The poll marks the 88th consecutive week the Lady Blues have been ranked.

Lady Blue Tip ins. . .
• Washburn has hit twice as many 3-pointers as their opponents this season (20 to 10).
• The Lady Blues have hit 5 of 7 free throws when there is less than five minutes left in the game.
• The Lady Blues starters are outscoring their opponents’ starters 49 to 28.
• Opposing starters are hitting 17 of 69 from the field compared to 35 of 71 for the Lady Blues.
• The Lady Blues bench is outscoring their opponents bench 30.5 to 13.5.
• The opponents bench is 6 of 35 from the field in the two games this season.

Up Next . . .
Following the Thanksgiving weekend action, the Lady Blues will play host to Evangel on Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. in Lee Arena. Washburn will not be back in action again until Dec. 4 when they travel to St. Louis to face former assistant coach Lisa Curliss-Taylor and former Lady Blues basketball and soccer standout Lora Westling.

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