Washburn rolls into second round
No. 9 Lady Blues hold West Texas A&M to four second-half FGs
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Ninth-ranked Washburn held West Texas A&M to just four field goals in the second half as it opened play in the NCAA tournament with a 68-36 win on Friday evening in Lee Arena. Washburn improved to 29-4 on the campaign with the victory, while West Texas A&M ended its season at 19-10.
The 36 points that the Lady Blues held West Texas A&M set a school record for Washburn in the NCAA tournament. Washburn improved to 13-3 in NCAA opening round games.
Dana Elliott scored a career-high 18 points to lead the charge for Washburn. She went 7-of-12 from the field and hit two 3-pointers while pulling in seven rebounds to tie for game-high honors. Cassie Lombardino shot 5-o- 6 from the field for 15 points and Stevi Schultz had 13 points off a 5-of-10 shooting performance. She hit three 3-pointers for the Lady Blues.
After two early ties, the Lady Blues took the lead for good at the 14:25 mark. They led 32-18 at halftime and they built their lead to 30 points at the 6:48 mark of the second half when Lombardino hit a pair of free throws. A jumper from Laura McMullin gave Washburn a game-high 32-point lead with 1:04 to play and neither team scored after that.
The Lady Buffs shot 4-of-31 (13 percent) from the field in the second half and they ended the game shooting just 20 percent on the night. Washburn shot 52 percent in the second half to end the game with a 45 percent effort.
Washburn won the rebound battle 51-37 and each team committed 14 turnovers. Cassie Lombardino blocked four shots and Ebonie Williams had a season-high seven assists. Laura Kinderknecht had six assists, giving her five or more for the 12th time this year for the Lady Blues.