No. 15 Lady Blues end three game losing streak

Sophomore guard Stevi Schultz (25) had four steals during the Blues’ 63-55 victory against the Mavericks. Despite a strong defensive output, Schultz shot 0-8 from the field and had only two points, thanks to a pair of free throws.

Josh Rouse

The No. 15 Washburn Lady Blues (14-3, 8-3, second in MIAA) have been a team of streaks this season.

After starting the season on a 13-0 run, the Blues dropped three straight games – two home games and a tough 58-57 overtime loss at Pittsburg State (9-9, 7-4, third in MIAA). Following a loss at home to rival Emporia State (17-1, 10-1, first in MIAA) last week, however, the Blues seemed on a mission as they cruised to a 63-55 Saturday night victory against Nebraska-Omaha in Lee Arena.

Senior forward Dayna Rodriguez had a near double-double to lead the Blues to victory, dropping a career-high 23 points and eight rebounds on the Mavericks (10-8, 5-6). The Cuban native also shot 2-5 from the three point line, and is averaging a hefty 14.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

Junior forward Hope Gregory added 13 points, and senior guard Brette Ulsaker chipped in with 11 point in a team-high 36 minutes of play. In a game full of turnovers (UNO had 22, Washburn had 18), sophomore guard Stevi Schultz put on a defensive clinic with four steals. Despite not shooting well as a team from the field, the Blues won the free throw battle, outshooting the Mavericks 24-33 to 11-18, a difference of 11.6 percent and 13 points. The Blues won by only eight points.

The Lady Blues will next face Northwest Missouri State (10-8, 6-5) at 5:30 p.m. this Wednesday, Jan. 27, in Lee Arena before heading on a two-game roadtrip to Missouri Western (7-11, 5-6) on Jan. 30 and Truman State (7-11, 2-9) on Feb. 3. There are nine games left until the MIAA tournament, which begins March 3 in Kansas City, Mo. The NCAA tournament begins March 12.