TOPEKA, Kan. – The Lady Blues shot 49 percent and held Benedictine to just 2 of 9 shooting in the first half as they went on to a 71-31 win Monday night in Lee Arena in their final non-conference tune-up before hosting Southwest Baptist Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
No. 12 Washburn improved to 5-0 while the Ravens remained at 11-1 as the NAIA team was playing the game as an exhibition.
Laura Kinderknecht led three Lady Blues in double figures with 15 points. She hit three 3-pointers. Tiara George was 6 of 9 from the field for 12 points and Lavonda McCall had her first double-figure game with 11 points off 4 of 5 shooting. George and Kinderknecht stretched their double-figure scoring streak to a fifth straight game.
The Ravens' first two field goals put them up 5-2 but they went just 2 of 26 from the field the rest of the first half. Washburn erased its only deficit with a season-high 18-0 run to go up 20-5. The Ravens scored three straight after that but the Lady Blues quickly built their lead to 20 on a jumper by Brittney Lynch that made it 28-8 with 9:18 remaining. A basket by Casyn Buchman with 2:24 left gave Washburn a 31-point lead and the Lady Blues led 41-12 at halftime.
The Ravens only cut the lead below 30 once in the second half, 46-17 with 15:48 to go, but an 18-2 run later gave the Lady Blues a 45-point lead.
Washburn had 21 assists on 29 made baskets. Jordan Baldwin had a career-high six of the helpers. Stormye Everett led the Lady Blues with a career-high nine rebounds and George added seven.
Washburn out-rebounded the Ravens, 54-27 and had 13 turnovers while BC had 19. The Ravens ended the game shooting 23 percent while Washburn was 41 percent.
Justice Payne scored six points to lead Benedictine. The Ravens were just 2 of 19 from 3-point range.