MARYVILLE, Mo. -- The Lady Blues were kept scoreless the first five and half minutes Saturday at Northwest Missouri but came back in a 61-54 win at Bearcat Arena.
No. 6 Washburn won its eighth straight game and improved to 19-3 overall and 13-1 in the MIAA. The Bearcats dropped to 11-12 and 5-10 in the MIAA as they lost their fifth straight.
Lavonda McCall led Washburn with 16 points as she was 5 of 12 from the field. Laura Kinderknecht went 5 of 11 with four 3-pointers to score 14. Stormye Everett came within one steal of tying the school record as she had seven.
The Lady Blues were out-rebounded for just the third time this year, 36-29, but they had just 13 turnovers, the lowest total since having 12 against Nebraska-Kearney on January 12.
Washburn had four turnovers before scoring a point but then turned it over just nine times after that. The Bearcats were able to a build a 7-0 lead before Laura McMullin got Washburn on the board with a layup at the 14:32 mark. McCall scored five straight then Kinderknecht had six straight to help Washburn take a 13-10.
The Lady Blues were later down 24-22 with four minutes in the half before they ended the period on a 9-2 run to lead, 31-26 at halftime.
Washburn led the entire second half but never by more than 10 points. Northwest Missouri scored first to get within three but a 5-0 run soon after that gave Washburn a 10-point lead at the 15:24 mark after a McCall 3-pointer.
The Bearcats were within four points with just under 10 minute to play but Kinderknecht and McCall scored to push it back to eight.
Northwest Missouri was down by just six with a minute to play but Washburn made 4 of 6 free throws to close out the win.
The Bearcats outshot Washburn and scored above 50 for the second time in a week. NWMSU had 53 points and shot 50 percent last Saturday in a Washburn win in Topeka. This Saturday, the Lady Blues gave up 43 percent shooting and a 42 percent effort from 3-point range. Washburn shot 39 percent as a team and 29 percent from 3-point range.
Everett also led the Lady Blues with six rebounds and McCall led with four assists.
Monique Stevens and Annie Matthews each had 12 points to lead the Bearcats. Maggie Marnin added 10 and Stevens led with six assists.