Tiara George and Laura Kinderknecht each scored 15 points as the 13th-ranked Lady Blues topped Texas-Permian Basin 66-43 Friday night in the first day of the Topeka Capitol Plaza Hotel Thanksgiving Classic.
The Lady Blues (3-0) will resume action Saturday at 6 p.m. at Schendel Court at Lee Arena with a game against Arkansas Tech. The Golden Suns (1-1) fell 81-52 (box score) to Fort Hays State in the first game Friday. FHSU and UTPB will play each other Saturday at 4 p.m. to start the day's action.
Kinderknecht made all five of her field goals from 3-point range to tie a career high. The Lady Blues were 8 of 13 (62 percent) from long range after going just 5 of 22 in the first two games.
George hit 7 of 13 shots and she added seven rebounds. She and Kinderknecht have each scored in double figures in all three games.
Lavonda McCall added eight points and a team-high six assists. Dana Elliott added five assists with six rebounds.
The two teams combined to go 0 for 4 in the first two minutes with four turnovers. The Falcons (4-1) finally broke the ice with a bucket that gave them their only lead of the night. Lay-ups from McCall and George put Washburn on top and then after two ties, Kinderknecht hit her first 3 of the night that put the Lady Blues up for good, 9-6 at the 13:22 mark.
She hit another 3-pointer with 1:55 left in the half that gave Washburn its first double-digit lead.
Washburn led 28-22 at the half and the Falcons scored first in the second period to pull within six. Kinderknecht and Elliott hit 3s as part of an 8-2 run that put Washburn up by 12. The Falcons got within single digits twice after that but Kinderknecht's 3-pointer at 9:37 gave Washburn a double-figure lead for good. A pair of free throws by Jordan Baldwin with 1:04 remaining pushed the lead above 20 and then Ally Nikkel scored the final points of the night to give Washburn a 23-point win.
The Lady Blues shot 42 percent from the floor while UTPB shot 36 percent. The Falcons were just 1 of 11 from 3-point range and were out-rebounded by WU, 47-29.
Teisha King, who averaged 25 points a game in her first four with UTPB this year and had 40 against Tarleton State in her last game, was held to just eight points as she was 3 of 13 from the field. Taniqua Ards and Briannah Matthews led the Falcons with 14 points each.