March 13, 2009

Courtesy of West Texas A&M Athletics

CANYON, Texas - The No. 8 ranked Washburn Lady Blues held Incarnate Word to 13 field goals in the game and 26 percent shooting in a 57-38 win in the first round of the NCAA South Central Regional Tournament at the First United Bank Center in Canyon, Texas. Washburn will take on Central Oklahoma in the semifinals for the second straight year after the Bronchos defeated Southeastern Oklahoma 68-66 in overtime.

The Lady Blues (27-4) led by as many as 12 in the first half after trading the lead with the Cardinals (21-9) three time in the opening 20 minutes before take in a 32-22 lead into the locker room at halftime. Washburn held the Cardinals to 7 of 27 shooting from the field for a 26 percent average. Washburn was 15 of 31 for a 48 percent clip.

In the second half, Washburn held a six point lead at 41-35 with 9:45 to go in the game, but the Lady Blues held the Cardinals to one field goal the remainder of the game finishing the contest on a 16-3 run.

Janice Bright led Washburn with 16 points. Kalee Silovsky had 12 points on 6 of 8 shooting from the field and Stanecia Graham had 11 off the bench. Silovsky also led Washburn on the glass with a game-high eight rebounds.

Nia Torru led Incarnate Word with 11 points while adding seven rebounds.

Washburn finished the game 25 of 55 from the field for a 46 percent average while the Cardinals struggled from the field hitting 13 of 50 attempts.

The Lady Blues dominated the glass outrebounding the Cardinals 46 to 27. Washburn outscored Incarnate Word 40 to 8 in the pain.