Lady Blues hold off Bulldogs to remain unbeaten at 8-0
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. -- The fourth-ranked Lady Blues held off the Truman Bulldogs 57-51 on Saturday afternoon behind Cassie Lombardino's career-high 29 points. Washburn is back in action next Sunday at Missouri Western at 1:30 p.m.
The Lady Blues (8-0, 4-0 MIAA) raced out of the gates to an early 11-point advantage at 13-2 with 12:13 to play in the opening half. The Bulldogs (4-3, 3-1 MIAA) responded with a 19-8 run to tie the game at 21-21 with 2:52 to play in the half. Washburn briefly regained the lead on a jumper from Laura Kinderknecht, but Truman scored six of the final eight points of the half to take a 27-25 lead into the intermission.
The teams went back-and-forth to start the second half with Washburn grabbing a 36-35 lead with 13:30 to play on a pair of Lombardino free throws, Washburn's first free throw attempts of the game. The Bulldogs went back in front 38-36 on a three from Nicole Gloor.
The Lady Blues regained the lead for good at 39-38 on a Lombardino jumper with 10:55 to play in the game. A pair of free throws from Stevi Schultz pushed the lead to three at 41-38 with 9:18 to play in the game.
The Bulldogs got to within one at 41-40, but Lombardino scored six straight points for Washburn and the lead grew to eight at 49-41 with 4:04 to play. TSU got back to within four at 55-51 with 28 seconds left in the game, but Lombardino made 2-of-4 from the charity stripe to ice the game.
Lombardino led Washburn with a career-high 29 points on 12-of-19 shooting. She was 5-of-8 from the foul line and also added five rebounds. Schultz finished with nine points and Alyssa Mullen had eight points and seven rebounds for the Lady Blues.
Washburn shot 45 percent (22-of-49) from the floor, but were just 2-of-15 from beyond the arc for 13 percent. WU made 11-of-14 from the charity stripe for 79 percent, but were out-rebounded by the Bulldogs 39-27.
Breanna Daniels led Truman with 14 points, while Gloor added 13. Becka McHenry had eight points and a game-high 10 boards for the Bulldogs, who shot 31 percent from both the floor (16-of-52) and beyond the three point line (4-of-13). TSU was 15-of-23 from the free throw line for 65 percent.
Washburn dished out 16 assists compared to just six for the Bulldogs andd forced TSU into 16 turnovers, while committing 10 of their own.
The win was the 17th straight over Truman for the Lady Blues and their eighth straight in Kirksville.