Washburn Athletics

TOPEKA, Kan. -- The sixth-ranked Lady Blues won for the sixth consecutive time as they were able to get past the Blue Tigers 52-42 on Wednesday night at Lee Arena. Washburn is back in action Saturday evening at Nebraska-Omaha at 5:30 p.m.

The Lady Blues (14-1, 10-1 MIAA) raced out to an early 8-2 lead behind four points from Cassie Lombardino and Alyssa Mullen, but Lincoln (1-14, 0-11 MIAA) rallied with a 9-0 run of its own to grab an 11-8 lead with 13:46 to play in the half. Washburn came right back to regain the lead with just over 11 minutes to play at 16-13. WU was able to push the lead to as much as eight in the first half, but went into the intermission leading 31-25 after a Lincoln bucket in the closing seconds.

Neither team scored in the first three plus minutes of the second half. A layup by Vivian Essuon cut the Washburn lead to four, but the Lady Blues responded with an 18-3 run over the next 11 minutes to go in front by 19 at 49-30. The Blue Tigers used a 10-1 run to get within 10, but it was too little too late and Washburn held on for win No. 14 on the season.

Lombardino led Washburn with 17 points, while Stevi Schultz recorded her third double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Mullen finished with four points, but added nine boards and three assists. Megan Lassley had eight points, six boards and four assists.

The Lady Blues shot 33 percent (19-of-58) fm the field and were just 5-of-27 from behind the arc for 19 percent. WU was 9-of-13 from the foul line for 69 percent and out-rebounded Lincoln 41-33.

Essuon led all scorers with 18 points and added 12 rebounds. Quenita Washington added 12 points on three treys. The Blue Tigers shot 30 percent (15-of-50) from the floor and 24 percent (5-of-21) from three-point range. LU was 7-of-11 from the foul line for 64 percent.

Washburn had 14 assists to nine for Lincoln and the Lady Blues forced 14 Blue Tiger turnovers and committed 11 of their own.