Lady Blues Win Seventh Straight, 60-45 At Western

By: Washburn Sports Information (Posted by J.B. Bauersfeld)
By: Washburn Sports Information (Posted by J.B. Bauersfeld)

Lady Blues win seventh straight, 60-45 at Missouri Western

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ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Lavonda McCall had her first double-double at Washburn as the Lady Blues defeated Missouri Western for the second time in a week, 60-45 Wednesday night at the MWSU Fieldhouse. Washburn used an 11-0 run late in the game to win its seventh straight game.

The Lady Blues improved to 18-3 overall and 12-1 in the MIAA and will continue action with another recent opponent, Northwest Missouri, Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The two played in Topeka last Saturday in a Washburn win. Missouri Western fell to 13-9 and 6-8 as it lost for the second straight time to Washburn.

McCall had 11 points and a season-high 10 rebounds. She recorded just the third double-double this year for Washburn as Tiara George has the other two but hasn't had one since December 6. McCall shot 3 of 8 from the field and had four assists, two steals and a block.

Laura Kinderknecht led Washburn in scoring for the fourth straight game with 16 points. She was 5 of 6 from the field and 3 of 4 from 3-point range. Stormye Everett shot 5 of 10 for 10 points.

The Lady Blues led by just six, 46-40 at the 8:36 mark of the second half. They answered with an 11-0 run and ended the game outscoring the Griffons, 14-5 after that six-point lead.The Griffons were 0 for 4 with five turnovers during Washburn's 11-0 run that lasted nearly six minutes.

Washburn shot 43 percent in the game and held the Griffons to 33 percent shooting. The game marked the sixth in the last seven that the Lady Blues kept their opponents to under 50 points. They entered the game with the nation's fifth best field goal percentage defense.

Brittney Lynch had eight points and eight rebounds and Sierra Moeller had six points and eight rebounds as Washburn out-rebounded the Griffons, 45-28.

Missouri Western scored first and led most of the first five minutes. A 9-0 run, all by Kinderknecht off three 3-pointers, gave Washburn a 17-9 lead with 11:22 to play in the half.The Griffons answered with a 7-0 run to get within a point but Washburn answered and went into the locker room up 29-23.

Both teams shot poorly from the free throw line overall. Washburn was 55 percent (12 of 22) and Missouri Western was 50 percent (13 of 26). The Lady Blues shot 31 percent from long range while MWSU was just 18 percent.

Heather Howard had her second double-figure game against Washburn with 12 points and she added 11 rebounds for a double-double.

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