The Fort Hays State women probably needed to beat Central Missouri on Saturday in the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournament semifinals to a have a real shot at making the Division II basketball tournament. The Tiger women entered the weekend ninth in the NCAA Central Region ranking. The top eight from each region make the tournament.
Fort Hays bolstered its tournament resume with a win in the MIAA tournament quarterfinals over Missouri Southern, the 10th ranked team in the region. But they came up two points short against UCM Saturday, which is ranked third in the region.
Kate Lehman had a double-double scoring 17 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Chelsea Mason added 16 points and Katelyn Edwards finished with 15 points and eight boards.
The Tiger men also have to sit and wait to see if their resume is good enough to get a Division II dance invitation.
Fort Hays bowed out in the quarterfinals of the MIAA Tournament with a 83-68 loss to Central Oklahoma. The Tigers came into the weekend ranked sixth in the Central Region. But there are two unranked teams still alive in the MIAA Tournament, looking to steal one of the eight available spots in the tournament from the Central Region.
Both teams will lean their fates on Sunday. The women’s selection show is at 9:00pm followed by the men’s selection show at 9:30pm.