LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Tiara George had her first double-double at Washburn as the Lady Blues fell 57-35 at Kansas in their first exhibition of the season. They'll wrap up preseason play with another Division I opponent, Kansas State, November 5 at 7 p.m.
George led Washburn with 10 points and 12 rebounds, all of them on the defensive end, in a game where both offenses strugged. Washburn shot 27 percent with 29 turnovers while the Jayhawks shot 35 percent with 15 turnovers.
Washburn for most of the game but got close after a solid start to the second half. The Lady Blues were down 31-17 at halftime and allowed KU the first two points of the second half before going on an 11-0 run to get within five at 33-28 with 13:51 remaining. Kansas answered with a 13-0 run to go up 46-28 with 8:22 left and the Lady Blues never got withing 16 after that.
Brittney Lynch scored four straight during Washburn's run and ended with six points and five rebounds. The Jayhawks missed nine shots and had two turnovers during that stretch. They turned that around by keeping Washburn 0-7 during the KU run.
Washburn led the rebound battle 44-41 in the game and blocked six shots while the Jayhawks blocked five. George led Washburn with four of those blocks. Laura Kinderknecht and Dana Elliott each had three assists.
Both teams struggled from outside as Kansas was just 1 of 10 and Washburn was 2 of 18. Stormye Everett hit one of those for Washburn and finished with six points.
The Lady Blues played strong defense in the first half, getting all six of their blocks then and holding a 24-22 lead on rebounds. The Jayhawks forced 18 Washburn turnovers in the opening 20 minutes while committing eight of their own.
George led Washburn with eight first half points as she went 4 for 9 from the field. She also pulled in seven rebounds.
The Jayhawks scored first but a lay-up from Lynch tied it and then Lavonda McCall stole the ball on the other end for Washburn. Kinderknecht then hit a jumper to give Washburn its only lead of the game at 4-2. The Jayhawks took control and later used an 8-0 run to go up 26-13 with 4:51 remaining in the first half.
Angel Goodrich and Natalie Knight led Kansas with 11 points each. Goodrich added six assists while Carolyn Davis and Asia Boyd led the team with eight rebounds each.
The Jayhawks finished with 28 points off Washburn turnovers and a 40-18 advantage on points in the paint.