Washburn and Emporia State were tied at the 5:32 mark but the sixth-ranked Lady Blues ended the game on a 17-6 run to win 79-68 Wednesday night at Schendel Court at Lee Arena.
The Lady Blues snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 7-2 in the non-conference game. They'll return to MIAA action Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Central Oklahoma as they start a three-game conference road trip.
Laura Kinderknecht scored 21 points, reaching the 20-point mark for the second time in four games. She was just 4 of 12 from the field but hit 12 of 14 free throws. Casyn Buchman and Stormye Everett recorded career highs with 13 points each. They were a combined 11 of 17 from the field.
Buchman ended the 62-62 tie with a lay-up at the 5:17 mark and then she hit two straight free throws a minute later to build Washburn's lead to four points. Laura McMullin's lay-up and a free throw from Everett pushed the lead to seven before the Lady Hornets (5-5) cut it to five. Kinderknecht then made seven straight free throws for Washburn and the last, with 28 seconds remaining, gave the Lady Blues a 76-68 lead. ESU then missed on its next chance and a three-point play with 12 seconds left by Dana Elliott pushed the Lady Blues' lead to double figures.
Washburn shot 45 percent in the game after a 52 percent effort in the first half. The Lady Hornets shot just 33 percent in the game after going 22 percent in the first half. The Lady Blues led by eight, 35-27 at halftime after ESU shot 5 of 23 from the field. Four of those field goals were from 3-point range, making Emporia State just 1 of 16 from 2-point range.
The Lady Blues held a 42-35 advantage in rebounds and had 12 turnovers while Emporia State had 16. Tiara George led Washburn with 10 rebounds, including five offensive boards.
Each team shot 30 or more free throws as 46 fouls were committed. Washburn was 25 of 34 (74%) and ESU was 24 of 30 (80%). Emporia State ended the game 6 of 13 from 3-point range and Washburn was 2 of 10.
The Hornets scored first in the game on a 3-pointer from Rachel Hanf but never led by more than two after that. Washburn took the lead for good in the half at the 7:40 mark on a lay-up from Sierra Moeller. The Hornets then erased a double-figure second half defecit to tie it at 62, but couldn't take the lead.
Jocelyn Cummings and Laura Patrick each led the Lady Hornets with 14 points. Hanf ended with 10 rebounds.