Nov. 27, 2010

Courtesy of Washburn Athletics

PHOENIX, Ariz. -
The ninth-ranked Lady Blues wrapped up their Thanksgiving road trip with a 65-51 win over Lake Superior State on Saturday afternoon at Antelope Gym. Washburn pulled away down the stretch are trailing midway through the second half. The Lady Blues open MIAA play on Wednesday hosting Nebraska-Omaha at 5:30 p.m.

Washburn (4-0) jumped out to an early lead with Cassie Lombardino scoring the first six points of the game for the Lady Blues. A 5-0 run by Lake Superior State (3-3) gave the Lakers a 10-6 lead with 16:12 to play in the first half. Washburn regained the lead with an 8-0 run. Laura Kinderknecht started the run with a jumper and Alyssa Mullen finished it off with a pair of free throws to give WU a 14-10 lead with 12:50 to play in the opening stanza.

The lead was 16-12 for Washburn when the Lakers went on an 11-1 run to grab a 23-17 lead with 4:16 to play in the first half, but the Lady Blues closed the half on an 11-4 run to lead 28-27 at the break.

Washburn pushed the lead to six at 38-32 with 13:48 to play in the game. An 8-0 run by LSSU gave them a 40-38 lead with 11:45 left in regulation. The Lady Blues responded with a 7-0 run to regain the lead for good at 45-40 with 10:08 to play. The Blues would pull away down the stretch with some hot shooting and clutch free throws.

Lombardino led all scorers with 17 points and also pulled down eight rebounds. Kinderknecht and Mullen poured in career-highs with 15 and 12, respectively. Stevi Schultz had nine points and a team-high nine boards.

Washburn shot 48 percent for the game hitting 24-of-50, but blistered the nets for 56 percent, 14-of-25 in the second half. The Lady Blues were 7-of-21 from beyond the arc for 33 percent and mad 10-of-12 from the charity stripe.

Emily Joseph led Lake Superior State with 15 points and Maria Blazejewski had 13. The Lakers shot 42 percent from the field, 18-of-43, and were 6-of-17 for 35 percent from three-point range.

Washburn out-rebounded the LSSU 33-23 and forced 18 turnovers.