TOPEKA, Kan. -- No. 15 Washburn scored the game's first 16 points, riding the red-hot streak to a 59-45 victory against No. 8 Pittsburg State on Saturday.

TOP 25 SCORES
No. 15 Washburn 59, No. 8 Pitt. St. 45
No. 12 N'eastern St. 65, Lindenwood 47
No. 19 Gannon 77, Lock Haven 67
No. 20 Emporia St. 62, Lincoln (Mo.)
No. 22 Southern Conn. 75, New Haven 65
No. 23 Florida Southern 73, Lynn 62
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The win helped the Lady Blues (23-4, 16-2 MIAA) pull within a half-game of the Gorillas (23-3, 17-2 MIAA) atop the MIAA standings.

Pitt State, which entered the game having won nine of 10 road games on the year, battled back from the big early deficit to twice get within four points of Washburn in the second half.

The Gorillas trailed 51-45 with 2:37 to play in the game, but the Lady Blues scored the game's final eight points to seal the win.

Stevi Schultz scored 11 of her team-leading 15 points in the first half for the Lady Blues, including three 3-pointers in WU's opening flurry. Cassie Lombardino added 13 points, while Ebonie Williams chipped in with 12.

Lizzy Jeronimous and Brooke Conley combined for 34 points for the Gorillas. Jeronimous scored 12 of her game-high 18 points in the second half.

Pitt State shot just 27 percent from the field in the game, going 15-55, while Wasburn shot it at a 37 percent clip (20-54).