The Washburn Lady Blues took care of Lindenwood in their final game of a three-game road stand. The No. 14-ranked Blues got off to a quick lead in the first half behind solid defense as they came away with a 64-46 win.
“Ever since we lost to Northeastern Oklahoma we knew we had to pick up our defense and not wait for them to set the tempo,” said Sierra Moeller, Washburn starting forward. “I think that’s kick starting our offense.”
Washburn (13-3, 7-1 MIAA) pushed their lead to 17 in the first half after back-to-back three-pointers by Laura Kincerknecht. Kinderknecht, who was averaging 16.1 points per game, led the way for much of the first half against the Lady Lions. She went on to score eight of her 10 points in the first half, but she got plenty of support from her teammates.
“Everyone knows we rely on Laura to score so if everyone is scoring they can’t lock down on just one player,” said Moeller.
Moeller and fellow post player Tiara George were instrumental in the first half. Washburn outscored Lindenwood 22-4 in the paint after one half of play. Moeller finished with 10 points on 5-9 shooting while pulling down four rebounds. George came off of the bench and had a team-high 11 points on the night. Junior guard Lavonda McCall chipped in seven points, six rebounds and five assists.
The Blues held Lindenwood (4-13, 1-8 MIAA) to only 26 percent from the field for the game, while holding them to a stellar 19 percent in the first half. Washburn out-rebounded the Lady Lions 47-36 while taking care of business on the low block. After being on the road for three straight games, Washburn will get back to Lee Arena Thursday against Missouri Southern State University.
“We have had a lot of away games and its been tough to always win on the road,” said Moeller. “It will be nice to play at home, but the teams we play are pretty good so we will need to play well in order to win.”