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Career Highs for Hix & Kersten

The 5th-ranked Washburn Lady Blues had a 13 plus rebounding margin and got 18 points from senior guard Stormye Everett to beat Nebraska-Kearney, 69-51, Thursday night in Topeka, Kans.

Washburn improves to 20-3 (14-1) and wins a ninth straight game while the Lopers fall to 6-16 (3-12).

UNK was more than shorthanded as just eight players suited up with the team’s top three scorers – Shelby Zimmerman, Ivy Jones and Melissa Norman – unavailable due to injury.

A very deep and much bigger Lady Blues team got out to a 29-17 halftime lead and led by as much as 26 points. Never trailing, Washburn had a 38-10 advantage in points in the paint and also scored 22 points off of 20 Loper turnovers.

Everett, a Western Nebraska C.C. transfer, went 7 of 8 from the floor and 3 of 3 at the line to reach her point total while also supplying four rebounds (three offensive) and three steals.

Washburn also got 10 points, seven rebounds (six defensive), two assists and two blocks from 6-1 junior wing LaVonda McCall.

UNK was paced by junior guard Sarah Hix (Broomfield, Colo.), who tallied a career-high 19 points on 5 of 7 three point shooting. Also going 4 of 4 at the line, she grabbed four rebounds as well.

Off the bench, Texas sophomore post Danielle Kersten had a career-high eight points and three bounds in just 11 minutes of work.

The Lopers are at Missouri Western State Saturday night. That game will tip at 5:00 p.m. and will be seen on live television in the Kansas and Missouri areas.