TOPEKA, Kan. -- There were five ties and three lead changes in the first half Wednesday against Missouri Western but the ninth-ranked Lady Blues took control in the second half in a 65-48 win at Schendel Court at Lee Arena.
The Lady Blues won their fifth straight game and have kept all five opponents to under 50 points. They improved to 16-3 overall and 10-1 in the MIAA. The Griffons fell to 13-8 and 6-7 in the league. Washburn will wrap up a four-game home stand Saturday at 5 p.m. against Northwest Missouri and then play at MWSU next Wednesday. Saturday's game will be Washburn's Pink Out game and fans are encouraged to wear pink to raise awareness toward breast cancer.
Stormye Everett went 7 of 10 from the field and had a career-high 15 points. Laura Kinderknecht led Washburn with 16 points as she made 4 of 8 3-pointers and Casyn Buchman came off the bench for 11 points after going 5 of 7 from the field.
Washburn shot a season-high 57 percent, getting over 50 percent for the second time this year, and the Lady Blues out-rebounded the Griffons 39-20 after taking an 18-5 advantage on the boards in the first half.
The Lady Blues led by six, 26-20 at halftime. A layup from Everett at the 15:50 mark pushed the Washburn lead to double figures for the first time at 37-26. The Lady Blues kept it that way the rest of the night and a 9-0 run late in the game was able to push the lead to a game-high 23 points.
The Lady Blues didn't take their first lead of the night until five minutes in when Buchman hit a 3-pointer to give Washburn a 7-6 lead. The teams traded the lead for the next 10 minutes after that, but never by more than three points, until Washburn broke a 15-15 tie with a 7-0 run that ended on a Kinderknecht 3-pointer with 2:25 to go in the half.
Washburn went 24 of 42 from the field overall and 5 of 11 from 3-point range. The Lady Blues shot 80 percent from the free throw line. Missouri Western shot 30 percent overall, 35 percent from 3-point range and 67 percent from the free throw line.
Sierra Moeller led Washburn with seven rebounds and Lavonda McCall led with four assists. Everett had four steals.
The Griffons were led by Heather Howard with 14 points and four rebounds.