TOPEKA, Kan. -- The Lady Blues locked up a share of their second straight MIAA title and ninth in school history with a 61-41 win over Fort Hays State Saturday at Schendel Court in Lee Arena.
Fifth-ranked Washburn won its 10th straight game and improved to 21-3 overall and 15-3 in the MIAA. Central Missouri lost its game at Southwest Baptist and fell to 13-3 in the league to help Washburn clinch. The Lady Blues need one more win to take the conference title outright. They'll play Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Emporia State then host UCM Saturday at 5 p.m. on Senior Day.
Laura Kinderknecht hit 4 of 6 3-pointers and finished with 18 points. Stormye Everett had her fourth double-figure game in the last six with 12 points and Caysn Buchman had 10 points. She was 4 of 5 from the field and hit two 3-pointers.
The Tigers (18-6, 10-6 MIAA) led three times in the first five minutes, the last at 5-4 with 15:25 to play. Washburn then went on a 13-3 run to take an 18-7 lead and never let the Tigers back on top. A 3 from Kinderknecht started the run and four straight points from Sierra Moeller gave Washburn an eight-point lead. Kinderknecht then capped the run with another 3-pointer.
The Tigers then used a 10-3 run to get within four points with 4:44 to play in the half. Everett responded with a 3-pointer 40 seconds later and Washburn went on to lead by eight, 28-20 at halftime.
Washburn shot 36 percent in the first half while the Tigers were 27 percent. FHSU missed all seven of its 3-point attempts while the Lady Blues made 4 of 6.
The Tigers went on to miss five more 3-pointers in the second half and finish the game 0 of 12. They shot just 4 of 26 (15%) in the second half from the field and finished 21 percent in the game.
Washburn shot 50 percent in the second half from the field and was 43 percent in the game and 58 percent from 3-point range.
A jumper from Kinderknecht at 14:20 in the second half pushed Washburn's lead to double figures and the Lady Blues moved it to a 20-4 point lead with 6:46 to play off a 3-pointer from Buchman.
McCall led Washburn with eight rebounds and Everett grabbed six. Tiara George came off the bench to lead Washburn with four assists.
Kate Lehman led the Tigers with 22 points and six blocked shots. She was 6 of 14 from the field and 10 of 13 from the free throw line.