TOPEKA, Kan. – Tiara George shot 7 of 7 from the field as the Lady Blues held on for a 53-42 win Thursday night against Missouri Southern as they returned home for a four-game home stand at Schendel Court at Lee Arena.
The No. 9 Lady Blues improved to 14-3 overall and 8-1 in the MIAA. They'll continue play Saturday at 5 p.m. against Pittsburg State. The Lions fell to 10-8 and 4-6 in the league.
George led Washburn with 15 points and eight rebounds as she was the only Lady Blue in double figures. Overall, Washburn shot 47 percent after a 52 percent effort in the first half.
The Lady Blues trailed by a point at halftime but took the lead on a layup from Sierra Moeller at the 17:38 mark. That started a 9-2 run that gave Washburn a 38-31 lead and Laura Kinderknecht later hit a shot at 9:33 that gave the Lady Blues a double-digit lead. They kept it that way the rest of the night as they held their third straight opponent to under 50 points and seventh this year.
Kinderknecht and Dana Elliott finished with nine points each and Elliott and Lavonda McCall led with three assists. Stormye Everett had four steals.
The Lady Blues shot 52 percent in the first half and held Missouri Southern to 39 percent shooting but couldn't show anything for it as they had 17 turnovers in a low-scoring first half.
Washburn led for the first 12 minutes of the game after jumping to a 5-0 lead. The Lions caught up at the 7:57 mark then there were three lead changes after that before the Lions went on a 7-0 run to take a 22-16 lead with 3:19 to play in the half. A jumper from Brittney Lynch and then a free throw from Kinderknecht with under a minute to play cut it to one point, 27-26 Lions at halftime.
Missouri Southern Shot 33 percent as a team and 64 percent from the free throw line. Washburn was just 39 percent from the stripe and both teams struggled from 3-point range.
Jolee Sharp led Missouri Southern with 12 points and Dominique Mosley had 10.