Lady Blues overcome 11-point deficit for win at No. 18 Fort Hays State
HAYS, Kan. -- Stormye Everett hit a lay-up with 13 seconds remaining to break a tie at 18th-ranked Fort Hays State Thursday and give the No. 12 Lady Blues a 63-60 win in Gross Memorial Coliseum.
The Lady Blues overcame a double-digit second half deficit as they won their third straight and improved to 9-2 overall and 3-0 in the MIAA. The Tigers dropped their third straight and fell to 10-3 and 2-3 in the league.
Laura Kinderknecht led Washburn with 18 points and her free throw with two seconds remaining pushed the lead to three points. The Tigers missed on a shot from beyond half court in the final seconds to tie it.
Kinderknecht was 7 of 10 from the field and Washburn shot 48 percent in the game after shooting 50 percent in the second half. Lavonda McCall was 6 of 7 from the field for 13 points and Casyn Buchman scored 10 points off the bench. McCall and Sierra Moeller tied for the team lead with six rebounds.
The Tigers started the second half on a 13-4 run to take a 41-30 lead at 17:03. That 11-point advantage marked their largest of the game. The Lady Blues took the lead at the 5:32 mark on two free throws from Everett and then there were two more ties in the game, the last coming when Katelyn Edwards scored for the Tigers at 1:23.
Kinderknecht turned the ball over on Washburn's next possession but McCall's defensive rebound on a miss by Kate Lehman gave Washburn a chance with 30 seconds to break the tie. Everett's shot with 13 seconds left did just that on an assist from Laura McMullin.
Lehman then missed a lay-up but was fouled after she got her own rebound with six seconds remaining. She missed both shots and McMullin secured the rebound on the second. After a Washburn timeout, Kinderknecht was fouled and she made her second of two free throws with two seconds to go.
The Lady Blues led most of the first half but never had greater than a four-point advantage in the game. Kinderknecht hit a 3-pointer with 1:24 to go in the opening half that gave Washburn a one-point lead but the Tigers countered with a 3 and went into the locker room up 28-26.
After a Tiara George free throw to open the second half, the Tigers went on a 7-0 run to build an eight-point lead and had it at 11 a minute later. Nine minutes later that Lady Blues had only cut it to nine points but a jumper from Kinderknecht started a 10-0 run that gave Washburn its first lead of the second half, 54-53 at the 5:32 mark.
Aside from Washburn shooting 12 percentage points better than Fort Hays State, the rest of the game was played fairly evenly. The Tigers led in rebounds 36-33 and had 15 turnovers while Washburn had 20. Both teams shot less than 60 percent from the free throw line.
McCall led Washburn with three assists and George had two blocked shots.
Lehman led the Tigers with 17 points, eight rebounds and four blocks. Edwards finished with nine points and four assists.
The Lady Blues have now won 13 of the last 14 games in Hays.