TOPEKA, Kan. The No. 6 ranked Washburn Lady Blues rallied from a
halftime deficit and held off a late run by No. 12 ranked Texas
A&M-Commerce in a 79-76 win in Lee Arena in the final game of the
Capitol Plaza/AM 580 WIBW Radio Holiday Classic. With the win, Washburn
improves to 4-0 on the season and they will play host to Evangel at 7
p.m. on Monday.
The Lions led by as many as six at 19-13 with over seven minutes to
play. Corkey Stiger led the Lady Blues with 12 points. Washburn trailed
29-25 at the break after hitting 28 percent of their field goal attempts
while going 3 of 18 from 3-point land. The Lions were 10 of 31 from the
field and 5 of 11 from behind the arch.
To open the second half, the Lady Blues went on a 14-4 run to take a
39-33 lead after a pair of Stiger free throws 4:57 into the half. The
Lions cut the lead back to two on several occasions and eventually took
the lead at 48-47 on a Britney Jordan 3-pointer ? one of eight she would
hit on the afternoon en route to 39 points.
The teams traded baskets and Washburn built the lead back to six at
65-59 with 3:48 to play. Washburn pushed the lead to seven with 38
seconds remaining but Jordan hit another 3-pointer to cut the lead back
to four at 74-70.
Jessica Mainz would hit four straight free throws with another Jordan
3-pointer between the pairs. Washburn led 78-73 with 21 seconds
remaining and after a Washburn foul on a 3-point attmempt by Melissa
Bratton cut the lead to two at 78-76. Mainz was fouled again and
Washburn she hit the first of two free throws and the Lions were unable
to get a shot off at the end.
Stiger led three Lady Blues in double figures with a career-high tying
25 points. Amanda Holmes had 12 points and Hope Gregory recorded her
first career double double with 10 points and 11 rebounds ? both career
Washburn finished 24 of 63 for the game from the field after hitting 15
of 31 attempts in the second half. There were 10 lead changes in the game.
The win was Ron McHenry?s 100th in Lee Arena in his eighth season at
Washburn. He is now 100-10 at home. He is approaching his 200th win at
Washburn as he is 192-37 on the Lady Blues? bench. He is also now 26-10
against other ranked teams when both teams are ranked and 28-18 all-time
against ranked teams.