Strong First Half Leads To Big Win At Lindenwood To End Road Trip

By: WU, posted by Kinch O'Kelley
By: WU, posted by Kinch O'Kelley

ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- The Lady Blues built an 18-point lead at halftime and held it in a 64-46 win Saturday at Hyland Arena in head coach Ron McHenry's 400th career game and Washburn's first game Lindendwood since 1987. Washburn wrapped up a stetch of six of seven games on the road with a 6-1 record and will return home for a four-game stand in Schendel Court in Lee Arena.

The 14th-ranked Lady Blues improved to 13-3 overall and 7-1 in the MIAA. The Lions, in their first season in the MIAA and as an NCAA II team, fell to 4-13 and 1-8 in the league. Washburn will host Missouri Southern Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

McHenry, the winningest active NCAA II coach in terms of winner percentage, has gone 332-68 (.830) in his 13th year at Washburn.

The Lady Blues held Lindenwood to 19 percent shooting in the first half and a 26 percent effort throughout the game. Washburn shot 39 percent as a team. The two teams combined to go just 3 of 18 from 3-point range with seven misses and no makes in the second half.

Tiara George led a balanced offense with 11 points off the bench. She was 4 of 8 from the field and had four rebounds and three blocked shots. Laura Kinderknecht and Sierra Moeller each had 10 points as they combined to go 9 of 17 from the field. Moeller also had three blocks and Washburn blocked eight Lindenwood attempts. Lavonda McCall scored seven with a team-high six rebounds, matching Laura McMullin's effort off the bench.

Washburn quickly built its 34-16 halftime advantage to a 20-point game early in the second half. Casyn Buchman's 3-pointer at the 10:09 mark gave the Lady Blues a game-high 26-point lead but the Lions were able to get it below 20 about six minutes later. The two teams matched each other with 30 points each in the second half after Washburn.

The Lady Blues scored 40 of their 64 points inside the paint and only six of them came from 3-point range. They also controlled the board with 47 rebounds to Lindenwood's 36.

The Lions led early 8-6 at the 16:10 mark but Washburn responded with a 20-2 run to go up 29-12 with seven minutes left in the half. Kinderknecht hit her only two 3s of the game to end that stretch.

Lindenwood put just one player in double figures as Caroline Bourlioux had 10 points. She went just 1 of 6 from the field but made up for it with an 8 of 8 performance from the free throw line.


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