TOPEKA, Kan. – The Lady Blues held the MIAA's top 3-point shooting team to half its normal amount of long balls in a 52-47 win Wednesday night over Truman at Schendel Court in Lee Arena.
Ninth-ranked Washburn won its fifth straight game and improved to 11-2 overall and 5-0 in the MIAA. The Bulldogs dropped to 12-3 and 5-2 in the league. The Lady Blues remain the only undefeated team in the conference and they'll head to Northeastern State Saturday at 1:30 p.m. to start a three-game road trip.
Laura Kinderknecht hit a 3-pointer with 26 seconds remaining and the Bulldogs missed a pair of 3s in their final possession to secure the win for Washburn. Kinderknecht scored 19 points to lead the Lady Blues for the fifth straight game. She was 7 of 12 from the field and 3 of 4 from long range.
Stormye Everett was 6 of 13 from the field for 14 points. Laura McMullin had a season-high eight rebounds to lead Washburn and Lavonda McCall led with four assists.
The Lady Blues shot 44 percent overall and 39 percent from 3-point range. The Bulldogs, leading the league shooting 46 percent from beyond the arc, shot just 24 percent (4 of 17) and were 29 percent overall from the field.
The Lady Blues led the entire second half but never by more than nine points. After taking a 42-33 lead on a jumper from Kinderknecht at 12:57, the Bulldogs went on an 8-2 run to get within three with 7:14 remaining. A layup from Everett pushed it back to seven at the 4:20 mark but Truman was able to cut Washburn's lead to two, 49-47 with a minute remaining.
Everett later had a 3-point attempt blocked out of bounds with one second left of the shot clock and Kinderknecht hit a 3 on the inbounds pass that sealed the game.
The Lady Blues led in rebounds, 36-32 and each team had 14 turnovers. Washburn kept Truman to just four 3-pointers, only half its normal amount of 7.9 per game that leads the MIAA.
Washburn trailed for much of the first five minutes of the game but never by more than three. Everett's steal and fast break layup at 14:33 gave Washburn the lead for good at 10-9. Kinderknecht scored Washburn's final points of the first half with a basket at the 2:35 mark and Washburn led by six at halftime, 30-24.
Jennifer Conway led the Bulldogs with 12 points and Becka McHenry and Amy Briggs each had 11.