KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Lady Blues 2004-05 NCAA II women's basketball national championship team will be inducted into the MIAA Hall of Fame as members of the 2013 class.
Washburn went 35-2 overall that year and won its last 19 games to claim the school's first NCAA national title. The Lady Blues swept through the NCAA South Central Region tournament in Springfield, Mo., then won all three games in the Elite 8 in Hot Springs, Mo. They beat Seattle Pacific, 70-53 on March 26 in the championship game.
Washburn outscored teams by 19.0 points a game in 2004-05 while holding opponents to 53.1 points a game. Only four teams scored more than 65 points against Washburn during the year. A 57-48 win over Emporia State on February 23 clinched Washburn's third straight regular season title and then the Lady Blues beat Emporia State in the MIAA tournament final to win that title. Washburn also beat the Lady Hornets in the regional championship game.
Ron McHenry coached the Lady Blues to the title in his fifth year with the program. Junior forward Carla Sintra was named a first team All-America and the MIAA MVP that year and was second on the team with 13.5 points a game and first with 6.8 rebounds. Jennifer Harris, a junior guard, averaged 14.4 points a game to lead the team one year before she went on to average 24.2 points in 2005-06 to earn national player of the year awards from three different organizations.
Three teams and 10 individuals will be inducted on June 6 at the Kansas City Public Library's Plaza Branch. Tickets are available at the link provided above. This is the first time Washburn has had a player or team inducted into the MIAA Hall of Fame. The school has been a member of the MIAA and NCAA II since 1989-90.