It’s hard to believe never in the history of the FHSU women’s basketball program. But Thursday’s upset over Number 3 ranked Emporia State marked the first ever win over a top 5 team. I was clear from the opening tip the Lady Tigers were out to change that.
“We came out ready to rebound, ready to score, I mean we didn’t even shoot that great tonight,” said junior Kate Lehman. “ But we came out and played great defense.”
Head coach mixed up his starting lineup for the game, giving 6’1” Tera Inglesbee here first career start along with true freshman
Fort Hays State jumped out to a 23-10 lead thanks to a 10-1 run. Emporia answered with a run of its own to close the gap within four. But the Tigers answered right back building the lead back up to 11 by half time.
“I tell you we had a hard time stopping them there for a while,” said Hobson. “Their post players are extremely good and they got a lot of them.”
In the second half, the Lady Tigers used a 9-0 run in the span of 54 seconds to build up a 20 point lead of the number 3 ranked team in Division II with about 15 minutes left in the game. The two teams would trade punches, but FHSU was able to keep the Hornets at arm’s length, picking up the 72-57 victory. It was the first time the Lady Tigers had ever beaten a top 5 team.
“It was an awesome win and to beat them by that much and I don’t think we ever trailed, so that was pretty awesome,” said Lehman.
Kate Edwards lead the way with 20 points and 12 rebounds, Inglesbee added 15 points 10 rebounds and Lehman 12 and 14.
The Tiger men would have a tough act to follow in the night cap against the Hornets, and they found a way to do it.
Fort Hays, who came in ranked 24th, pretty much trailed the entire game and found itself down by four at the half. Craig Nicholson tied the game with 6:30 to go in the game. Nicolson had a chance to give the Tigers the win when he got a layup and a foul with 11 seconds to go in the game, but he missed the free throw and the game head to overtime.
Tigers again had a chance to win the game in the first overtime period, but James Flemming missed a layup that would have ended the game and it headed to a second OT tied at 81.
FHSU was finally able to put the Hornets away in the second OT, thanks in large part to a pair of threes from Achoki Moikobu. Nicholson lead the scoring with a career high 36 points as the Tigers pick up the 99-92 victory.
It's the Tiger's 9th straight victory.