JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The 14th-ranked Lady Blues bounced back from their first MIAA loss of the year with a 70-44 win Thursday at Lincoln. Washburn held Lincoln without a field goal the first eight minutes of both halfs in the win.
The Lady Blues improved to 12-3 overall and 6-1 in the MIAA and will head to Lindenwood for a 1 p.m. game Saturday. It will be the first MIAA matchup between the schools and first overall since 1999. Lincoln fell to 8-9 and 3-6 in the MIAA.
Laura Kinderknecht had 22 points off a career high six 3-pointers. She was 6 of 10 from beyond the arc and 7 of 13 overall. Stormye Everett finished with 12 points as she was 5 of 5 from the free throw line. She reached double figures for the fifth time in her career. Sierra Moeller had a season-high 10 rebounds to lead all players.
Washburn started the second half on a 15-2 run to turn a 10-point lead into a 23-point advantage, 43-20 with 12:20 remaining. The Blue Tigers scored their first field goal of the second half at 12:04 and then hit a 3-pointer to cut Washburn's lead to 18. Laura McMullin's second career 3-pointer later pushed Washburn's lead back to 22.
The Lady Blues were able to get all 14 uniformed players into the game. Jordan Kramer scored her first points since December on a 3-pointer that gave Washburn a 26-lead and Sami McHenry hit her first basket of the year at the two-minute mark to give Washburn a game-high 27-point lead.
The Lady Blues held Lincoln to 25 percent shooting overall and just a 1 of 12 effort from 3-point range. Washburn shot 44 percent overall and 9 of 22 (41 percent) from long range. Both teams were 11 of 14 from the free throw line.
Lincoln missed its first 14 shots to start the game and finished the first half 5 of 32 (15 percent) from the field and 0 of 7 from 3-point range. The Lady Blues took a 9-0 and 13-2 lead and could have built it much higher but they had 13 turnovers in the half while the Blue Tigers turned it over seven times.
Lavonda McCall scored Washburn's first four points of the game and a three-point play from Everett, making her first career start, at 15:48 made it 9-0 to give the Lady Blues their best start of the season. The Blue Tigers got on the board with free throws at 15:23 but didn't record their first field goal until the 12:05 mark. The Lady Blues built their largest lead of the half two minutes later after a 3-pointer from Kinderknecht made it 21-8. The Blue Tigers got no closer than nine and Washburn led by 10, 28-18 at halftime.
McCall finished 4 of 6 for eight points and Dana Elliott led Washburn with four assists.
Dahlia Booker led Lincoln with 14 points and Andrea Rhoiney had 10 off the bench.