Quick start leads Lady Blues to win in opening game

By: From: WU Sports Information
By: From: WU Sports Information

March 9, 2007

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- The No. 5 Washburn Lady Blues opened the NCAA Tournament with a 74-54 win over Angelo State in the Missouri Western State University Fieldhouse. Washburn (28-3) will advance to play the winner of the game between No. 10 West Texas A&M and Northwest Missouri on Saturday night at 6.

The Lady Blues opened up a 20-4 lead to start the game and rolled to a 40-16 halftime lead as Washburn shot 54 percent in the first half hitting 14 of 26 attempts from the field including 5 of 12 from 3-point land. The Lady Blues held the Rambelles to 6 of 27 shooting (22 percent) including just one basket in their first 11 attempts from the field.

In the second half, Washburn was limited to 38 percent shooting down the stretch, but built its lead to as many as 30 in the second half.

Washburn was led by Brooke Ubelaker who scored 16 points on 5 of 6 shooting from the field, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range to lift her career scoring total to 1,807 points and become the fourth person in Lady Blues history to go over 1,800 for a career. Also reaching double figures were Amanda Holmes with 13, Corkey
Stiger with 12 off the bench and Megan Sullivan with 10.

Britinee Davis led Angelo State with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

• The Lady Blues improved to 19-9 all-time in NCAA Tournament games.
• Washburn improved to 2-3 all-time in NCAA Tournament games in St. Joseph.
• Washburn is now 5-1 in the first round NCAA Tournament games.
• Brooke Ubelaker needs five points to move into third place on the Washburn all-time scoring chart. Nikki Olberding is third with 1,811.
• The Lady Blues improved to 3-0 all-time against Angelo State and 2-0 in NCAA Tournament play.

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