Lady Blues Continue Road Trip

No. 3 Lady Blues continue five-game road trip with battle at No. 12 Drury ... The No. 3 Washburn Lady Blues will take on their second straight Great Lakes Valley Conference foe in No. 12 ranked Drury in Springfield, Mo., on Dec. 8. Washburn enters the game with a 6-0 record and Drury is 4-1. Saturday’s meeting will be the fourth straight in which both teams were ranked in the top 15 in the WBCA National Coaches Poll.

Matchup: Washburn (6-0) vs Drury (4-1)
Date: Saturday, Dec. 8
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Site: Springfield, Mo. - Weiser Gymnasium (2,200)
Radio: 580 WIBW / Topeka with play by play with Mark Elliott and Bruce Steinbrock
Online Audio: Through wusports.com
Live Stats: livestats.internetconsult.com/drury/wbball
Video Webstream: not available
Coaches: Washburn head coach Ron McHenry is 194-37 (.836) in his eighth season - McHenry is 5-1 against Drury.
Steve Harold is in his first season at Drury and is 4-1 overall. He has a 266-108 record in 13th season overall and a 0-1 mark against Washburn.
Rankings: Washburn is ranked No. 3 and Drury is ranked No. 12 in the WBCA/USA Today/ESPN Preseason Coaches Poll.
Series Record: WU leads the all-time series 5-1
Last Meeting: WU 89-66, 12/17/05, in Topeka
Last WU win: 89-66, 12/17/05, in Topeka
Last DU win: 67-55, 3/13/04 in Springfield
Worth noting: Saturday’s meeting will be the fourth time which both teams were ranked in the top 15 in the national 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 www.wusports.com by clicking the live audio link under Lady Blues Basketball.

The coaches . . .
Washburn head coach Ron McHenry has posted a 194-37 (.839) record overall and 98-26 (.790) record in the MIAA with four 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.)
Drury head coach Steve Harold is in his first season at Drury and is 4-1 overall on the Lady Panthers’ bench. Harold had a 262-107 record in 12 seasons at Glenville State College in Glenville, West Virginia. He is 0-1 against Washburn falling as GSC’s head coach in a Dec. 20, 2006 meeting in Hawaii 69-57.

Last Time Out for the Lady Blues . . .
Dec. 4, 2007 - #3 Washburn 73, Missouri-St. Louis 55 • ST. LOUIS, MO – The No. 3 Washburn Lady Blues jumped out to a 32-13 first half lead and never looked back as they defeated Missouri-St. Louis 73-55 in Mark Twain Field House. Washburn will be back in action on Saturday at No. 12 Drury in Springfield, Mo., with a 5:30 p.m. tip.
The Tritons did not its second field goal of the game until the 17:57 mark of the second half but would go on a 17-10 run over the first 9:26 of the second half to cut the Washburn lead to 52-31. After a Lady Blues’ time out, Amanda Holmes converted a traditional 3-point play to increase the lead to 55-31. The Tritons would hit a 3-pointer and a lay-up sandwiching a Janice Bright field goal producing a 57-36 score.
Following the media time out with 9:18 left in the game, a 9-4 run by the Tritons cut the lead to 61-45 with 5:56 to go in the game. After a time out by Missouri-St. Louis, the teams traded baskets leading up to a media time out with 4:55 to go. Washburn would outscore the Tritons 10-8 the remainder of the way leading to the 18-point win.
Washburn held the Tritons to one field goal in the first half of the game as they were 1 of 21 from the field including 0 of 8 from 3-point range. The Tritons did hit 12 of 16 free throw attempts. Washburn hit 13 of 18 free throw attempt as the teams combined for 27 first half fouls. All 14 Lady Blues saw action in the first half and 12 of 14 scored led by Corkey Stiger and Karla Tailele who each scored nine points.
Stiger led the Lady Blues with 17 points. Also in double figures was Amanda Holmes with 15 points and Janice Bright had 10 points.

Washburn/Drury series notes . . .
The Lady Blues are 5-1 all-time against the Lady Panthers having won the last three games. Washburn won the last meeting 89-66 in a match up of the top two teams in the country on Dec. 17, 2005 in Topeka. The Lady Blues are 3-0 against the Lady Panthers in Lee Arena winning 68-65 in overtime on Dec. 8, 2000 and winning 87-71 on March 17, 2003 in the NCAA South Central Regional final along with the win on Dec. 17, 2005. The Lady Blues are 2-1 against the Lady Panthers in Springfield falling 67-55 on March 13, 2004 in the NCAA South Central Regional. The Lady Blues have won the last two times the teams have played in Springfield winning 79-73 on Dec. 6, 2002 and 64-53 on Dec. 11, 2004. In the last meeting in Springfield, the then No. 4 ranked Lady Blues knocked off the No. 1 ranked Lady Panthers en route to the 2005 NCAA National Championship.

Last Meeting Between Washburn and Drury . . .
Dec. 17, 2005 - TOPEKA -- The No. 1 ranked Washburn Lady Blues turned in an 89-66 win over the No. 2 ranked Drury Lady Panthers in a match up of the top two ranked teams in the USA Today/ESPN WBCA Coaches Poll Saturday night.
The Lady Blues led from start to finish building a 19-3 lead 6:14 into the game as Drury started 1 for 6 from the field compared to Washburn’s 8 of 12 from the field. Both teams struggled for a stretch from the field and the Lady Panthers would cut the lead to nine at 20-11 after the third media time out, but they would get no closer the rest of the half as Washburn took a 39-21 lead into the break.
In the second half, Washburn shot a blistering 57 percent from the field and 17 of 18 free throws pushing its lead to as many as 25 in the second half as Washburn rolled to the 23-point win.
Jennifer Harris led Washburn with a career-high 33 points on 10 of 19 shooting from the field and 10 of 13 from the charity stripe. She also had four assists, three blocks and two steals for the Lady Blues.
Megan Sullivan, Brooke Ubelaker and Bojana Standardizes each scored 13 points. Dani McHenry recorded a career-high 10 rebounds adding seven points.
Washburn forced 16 Drury turnovers which turned into 22 Lady Blue points.

About Drury . . .
The Lady Panthers are 4-1 this season winning last time out over Harris-Stowe 93-63. The lone loss for Drury was to Lewis 73-58. Drury has four players averaging in double figures led by Melanie Oliver’s 11.8 ppg. Becky Flippin is averaging 11.4 while Molly Carter and Lindsay Ballweg are scoring 10.4 and 10.2 points per game respectively. Oliver, who joined Drury with head coach Steve Harold from Glenville State, had six points on 3 of 7 shooting from the field with three rebounds in No. 5 Washburn’s 69-57 win over No. 7 Glenville State. Oliver was also named the WVIAC’s Freshman of the Year.

Last time out for Drury . . .
Dec. 4, 2007 – Drury sophomore forward Caitlin Shouse came off the bench to score a career-high 29 points, leading the No. 12 Lady Panthers to a 93-63 victory over Harris-Stowe in a non-conference matchup Tuesday night at Weiser Gym.
Shouse hit 11 of 14 shots from the floor and matched her career best with 12 rebounds in her 26 minutes of work as one of two Lady Panthers who established a new career high for points - sophomore forward Lindsay Ballweg struck for 21 points, including 15 in the opening half, as Drury built a 47-25 advantage by the break.
The Lady Panthers improved to 4-1 overall entering Saturday’s showdown with No. 3 Washburn (5-0) in a 5:30 p.m. tipoff at Weiser.
Harris-Stowe, which lost 79-67 at Southwest Baptist on Monday night, fell to 5-5 overall.
Chanel Ross had 18 points, seven assists and six rebounds to lead the Hornets, who were forced into 28 turnovers by the Drury defense. The Lady Panthers, in turn, committed just 11 miscues, and won the battle of the boards for the first time this season by a 41-34 count. In addition to Shouse’s 12 rebounds, sophomore forward Melanie Oliver added eight rebounds, as did senior guard Molly Carter.
With Ballweg hitting 8 of 12 shots in her career night, Drury made 34 of 69 shots for the contest (49 percent) and came up with 15 steals, with Carter and freshman Ja’Nell Jones leading the way with four thefts each. Jones also shared top honors in assists with Becky Flippin with four apiece.

Lady Blues notes . . .
#3 – Brette Ulsaker – G – Tied season high with four assists against UMSL
#4 – Amanda Holmes – F – Double figure scoring in five of six games this season
#11 – Renata Germano – C – Hit at least one FG in four of six games this season
#13 – Jessica Mainz – G – Averaging 6.6 pts, 3.0 rbs, 2.6 assists per game since moving into starting role
#14 – Alyssa Mullen – F – Career-highs in minutes (11) and points (4) against UMSL
#20 – Hadleigh Meek – G – Has hit 5 of 6 FT attempts this season
#21 – Corkey Stiger – G – 12 of 25 from 3-point land in last two games
#23 – Jacki Tipping – G – Both rebounds are offensive this season
#24 – Karla Tailele – G – Tied season-high with 3 3-pointers against UMSL
#30 – Kalee Silovsky – F – 10 of 13 rebounds have been on defensive end
#32 – Janice Bright – G – 20 of 21 from FT line in last three games
#33 – Hope Gregory – G – 19 of 24 rebunds have been defensive
#44 – Emily Gibson – F – Tied season high with eight minutes played against UMSL
#50 – Regiane Araujo – C – Has hit last seven FT’s

Lady Blues in Lee Arena . . .
In their 24th season in Lee Arena, the Lady Blues are 293-55 (.841) overall at home.
The longest winning streak was 44 games from Dec. 1, 1990 to March 20, 1993.
The Lady Blues have won 35 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 101-10 (.910) in home games under Ron McHenry.

Lady Blues history . . .
Washburn is 675-320 (.678 in 995 games) in its 38th season of intercollegiate action.

WU in the national poll . . .
Washburn remained No. 3 in the WBCA/USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 second regular season poll of the season for the second straight week. Washburn was ranked No. 6 in the 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 90th consecutive week the Lady Blues have been ranked.

TIp Ins . . .
• Head coach Ron McHenry is 28-18 against ranked teams and 26-10 when both teams are ranked in the WBCA National Poll.
• The Lady Blues have won 50 straight regular season non-conference games dating back to a Dec. 3, 2001 63-60 loss at Missouri-St. Louis in McHenry’s second season at Washburn.
• The Lady Blues have not allowed an opponent to shoot above 50 percent in a game in a streak of 77 contests - Angelo State was the last time to hit 50 percent of their shots in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Springfield when they connected on 26 of 52 shots on March 12, 2005.
• The Lady Blues have held their opponents under 100 points in 257 consecutive games.

Up Next . . .
Following the trip to Springfield to battle the Lady Panthers, Washburn will take the week of for finals and then resume play at the Cruzin Classic on Dec. 18 and Dec. 20 with games against regional foes Cameron at 5 p.m. on the 18th and Central Oklahoma on the 20th. Washburn will open the MIAA on Jan. 2 at Missouri Western and have their MIAA home lid lifter on Jan. 5 against Central Missouri.


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