HAYS, Kan. – Stormye Everett hit a layup with 13 seconds remaining to break a tie at 18th-ranked Fort Hays State on Thursday to give No. 12 Washburn a 63-60 win in Gross Memorial Coliseum.
The Lady Blues overcame a double-digit second-half deficit as they won their third consecutive and improved to 9-2 overall and 3-0 in the MIAA. The Tigers dropped their third in a row and fell to 10-3 and 2-3 in league play.
Laura Kinderknecht led Washburn with 18 points and her free throw with two seconds remaining pushed the lead to three points.
Kinderknecht was 7 of 10 from the field and Washburn shot 48 percent in the game after shooting 50 percent in the second half. Lavonda McCall was 6 of 7 from the field for 13 points and Casyn Buchman scored 10 points off the bench. McCall and Sierra Moeller tied for the team lead with six rebounds.
The Tigers started the second half on a 13-4 run to take a 41-30 lead at 17:03. That 11-point advantage marked their largest of the game. The Lady Blues took the lead at the 5:32 mark on two free throws from Everett before Katelyn Edwards scored for the Tigers at 1:23 to tie the game.
Kinderknecht turned the ball over on Washburn’s next possession but McCall’s defensive rebound on a miss by Kate Lehman gave Washburn a chance with 30 seconds to break the tie. Everett’s shot with 13 seconds left on an assist from Laura McMullin gave the Lady Blues the lead.
Lehman then missed a layup but was fouled after she got her own rebound with six seconds remaining. She missed both shots and McMullin secured the rebound on the second. After a Washburn timeout, Kinderknecht was fouled and she made her second of two free throws with two seconds to go.
The Lady Blues paced most of the first half but never led by more than four in the game. Kinderknecht hit a 3-pointer with 1:24 to go in the opening half that gave Washburn a one-point lead but the Tigers countered with a 3-pointer and went into halftime up 28-26.
After a Tiara George free throw to open the second half, the Tigers went on a 7-0 run to build an eight-point lead and had it at 11 a minute later. Later in the half, a jumper from Kinderknecht started a 10-0 run that gave Washburn its first lead of the second half at the 5:32 mark.
Fort Hays State outrebounded Washburn 36-33 and had 15 turnovers to the Lady Blues’ 20.
McCall led Washburn with three assists and George had two blocked shots.
Lehman led the Tigers with 17 points, eight rebounds and four blocks. Edwards finished with nine points and four assists.
The Lady Blues have now won 13 of their last 14 games on the road against Fort Hays State.