The Tiger women's basketball team grabbed a 67-53 road victory against Missouri Western on Saturday afternoon.
Fort Hays State University improves to 6-1 (1-1 MIAA) after shooting 39.7 percent from the field, and 70.4 percent from the charity stripe. MWSU (4-3, 0-1 MIAA) dropped its third straight as the Tiger defense held the Lady Griffons' to just 26.4 percent on field goals.
Saturday's win was head coach Tony Hobson's 500th career victory. He is the first coach to reach the milestone while coaching as a Tiger, and is now 500-166 for his career. While pacing the Tiger sideline, Hobson is 87-60.
Additionally, the Tiger defense grabbed seven steals and had eight blocks in the game.
FHSU started the contest on an 11-2 run and never looked back. Behind Kate Lehman's fourth straight double-double in points and rebounds (24 and 12), the Tigers led by as many as 22 in the game.
Lehman just missed a triple-double for the third time this season, as her eight blocks led the squad as well.
Tera Ingalsbe finished with 10 points on the afternoon as the Tigers only other double-digit scorer.
Ahead by 17 at the half (38-21), the Tigers and Lady Griffons played even until the 15:20 mark of the second frame, when a jumper by Jill Faxon sparked an 11-2 burst for the Tigers to put the game out of reach, at 49-28.
FHSU finished the night with 30 points in the paint and 15 points on second chances.
The Tigers return to action on Monday, Dec. 16 against the University of St. Mary in Hays, Kan.
For the second straight game, the 15th-ranked Fort Hays State men's basketball team fell on the road in overtime after holding a late lead in regulation, this time at Missouri Western on Saturday (Dec. 7) in St. Joseph, Mo. The Griffons hit a shot to tie the game with 23 seconds left and the Tigers could not hit a shot at the end of regulation before falling 82-79 in overtime to the Griffons. FHSU begins conference play at 0-2 after a 7-0 non-conference start to the season.
FHSU trailed by four at halftime but a 13-0 run in the second half gave FHSU an eight-point lead with 6:31 to play. FHSU was up seven with 4:20 to play, but MWSU closed the second half on a 10-3 run to get the game tied with 23 seconds to play on a baseline floater. A Craig Nicholson 3-point attempt at the buzzer missed and the Tigers went to overtime for the second straight game after falling at Central Missouri in overtime on Thursday night. Defensive rebounding in the late going was a problem once again as FHSU failed to get the rebound on Missouri Western's miss with 47 seconds to go, which allowed them to retain the ball and get the basket to tie the game.
A pair of 3-point baskets gave Missouri Western a six-point overtime lead, but FHSU came back to tie the game with 2:15 to go in the extra period on a Jared Tadlock 3-point play. Another MWSU 3-pointer made the difference as the Tigers could only pull within one twice the rest of the way.
Craig Nicholson led FHSU in scoring with 23 points, while adding three assists. The Tigers had a very uncharacteristic night struggling to move the ball around efficiently with just seven assists as a team, when they average nearly 20 per game. They turned the ball over 16 times in the game. Dwayne Brunson had 13 points, Tomislav Gabric had 12, and Carson Konrade and James Fleming each had 10. FHSU shot a solid 50 percent from the floor and 82.1 percent at the free-throw line.
Ryan Devers led MWSU with 19 points, while Adarius Fulton added 15.
Fort Hays State goes back into non-conference play on Saturday (Dec. 14) to host Central Christian College at Gross Memorial Coliseum in Hays. Game time is set for 4 pm on Saturday. FHSU will have a big home game against Northwest Missouri State on Saturday, Dec. 21, to try and begin to dig out of its 0-2 start in MIAA play.