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Kansas State rallies late to put away Iowa State -3/1/2015, 9:33 AM

No. 8 Kansas holds on to defeat Texas, 69-64 -3/1/2015, 9:31 AM

Wichita State captures MVC crown by beating Northern Iowa -3/1/2015, 9:30 AM

Ellis' Younger cruises through Friday at 3-2-1A -3/1/2015, 9:39 AM

Hays High's Deterding second in 4A -3/1/2015, 9:58 AM

Norton wins title with backside points -3/1/2015, 9:36 AM

Hoxie's Porsch repeats in 3-2-1A -3/1/2015, 9:43 AM

FHSU splits at Northeastern State -3/1/2015, 9:41 AM

HHS girls win on senior night -3/1/2015, 9:40 AM

HHS boys roll by Great Bend -3/1/2015, 9:39 AM

Class 3-2-1A State Wrestling finals results -2/28/2015, 9:37 AM

Tigers fall, need win to host first round -2/27/2015, 10:20 AM

Tiger women, MIAA champs, hang on -2/27/2015, 10:29 AM

Monarchs survive on senior night -2/27/2015, 12:17 PM

With KU back in control, Jayhawks prepare for 'high drama' -2/27/2015, 10:19 AM

Nino Williams takes long road to success at Kansas State -2/27/2015, 10:18 AM

Sub-state basketball pairings -2/26/2015, 10:37 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Younger part of youth movement for Railers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

Big 12 reprimands K-State after court-storming -2/26/2015, 10:53 AM

Hays High's top four headed to Salina -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- HDN area state qualifiers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Porsch seeks a repeat in state finale -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Freshman Hutchinson leads young group of Redmen -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Norton steps up again to have shot at 3-2-1A state crown -2/26/2015, 10:50 AM

Shockers fight past Indiana State, set up big Saturday -2/26/2015, 10:27 AM

Rhoades back at state -- this time in 4A -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

TMP survives Plainville -2/25/2015, 11:26 AM

K-State issues apology -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

HHS swept at Dodge -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/25/2015, 10:21 AM

Royals still hoping for Starling to break out -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Penske revels in Logano's victory at Daytona 500 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcat's win throws a roadblock at Jayhawks -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

KBCA prep basketball rankings, Feb. 23 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcats get it done -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

No-name Hahn wins Northern Trust Open -2/23/2015, 10:24 AM

FHSU softball splits on Sunday in Minnesota -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Logano wins first Daytona 500 -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Lutz: VanVleet has another day to remember -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

VanVleet takes Wichita State's assists title in win -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

'Cats seek confidence before game with KU -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

Perry Ellis, No. 8 Kansas rebound from loss, beat TCU -2/22/2015, 12:47 PM

Baylor drills K-State -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

Monarch girls run away from Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:38 PM

TMP wins physical game at Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Mathews all-state for HHS -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

HHS wins at Garden, jumps back into WAC race -2/22/2015, 12:41 PM

Wrestling roundup -- Hays High sends four to 4A state -2/22/2015, 8:19 PM

Victoria puts together complete game in win at Ness City -2/22/2015, 12:40 PM

HHS girls fall down early, lose at Garden -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

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HHS sends relays to state -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Tiger baseball takes two from UCM -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Gene Stephenson says he's filed his own appeal -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

TCU takes out K-State -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Bohuslavsky keys win for Tiger women -2/19/2015, 10:59 AM

Tiger men rally for MIAA win -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Tiger women No. 1 in Central Region -2/18/2015, 5:04 PM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/18/2015, 11:22 AM

Barton's Hensley named Player of the Week -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

TMP boys win, girls fall in Great Bend -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

K-State hopes to build some momentum at TCU -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

Two in a row for HHS girls -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

Hot early, HHS boys get win at Abilene -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

All is possible at Daytona -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

WVU tops Jayhawks in wild finish -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chiefs can find impact receiver in NFL draft -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chargers set sights on LA, push San Diego officials for action on stadium -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Defense a constant for Shockers -2/17/2015, 10:26 AM

FHSU, UCM series moved to Hays -2/16/2015, 10:55 AM

KU prepares for full-court press -2/16/2015, 10:17 AM

Foster lifts Kansas State past Oklahoma on Saturday -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Three Tigers crowned MIAA champs -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Bowyer, after crash, slams qualifying format -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Phillipsburg girls knock off TMP at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Hays High girls snap losing skid -2/15/2015, 2:21 PM

Hays High stunned by Liberal at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger women's streak halted at Pitt State -2/15/2015, 10:26 AM

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Samac staying on court, providing big games for Tigers -2/13/2015, 11:09 AM

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Shox roll to win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

Kansas State rally again falls short at W. Virginia -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

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Scott City rolls over TMP -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

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Atwood 76, St. Francis 65

Dighton 62, Oberlin 47

Hillsboro 50, Goodland 47

Lakeside 42, Lincoln 32

Minneapolis 68, Russell 35

Rock Hills 42, Natoma 37

Salina Central 62, Andover 58

Salina South 62, Sacred Heart 47

Sharon Springs 75, Leoti 38

St. John's Beloit-Tipton 57, Osborne 34

Sylvan-Lucas 61, Thunder Ridge 48

Girls

Dighton 44, Atwood 11

Dodge City 71, Hays High 28

Hesston 51, Goodland 18

Hoisington 60, Victoria 46

Hoxie 65, St. Francis 13

Lincoln 33, Lakeside 26

Minneapolis 47, Otis-Bison 24

Osborne 59, Wilson 34

Sharon Springs 63, Oberlin 42

Sylvan-Lucas 43, Natoma 41 (ot)

Tescott 41, Rock Hills 33

Trego 56, Leoti 27

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Tiger women in slump against top tier

Published on -1/23/2013, 10:27 AM

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By CONOR NICHOLL

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So far in 2013, the Fort Hays State University women's basketball team has produced a 1-4 record against mostly upper tier MIAA opponents. The slide took the Tigers, ranked No. 10 in NCAA Division II a few weeks ago, out of the national rankings released Tuesday. The Tigers are still receiving votes.

Part of the reason is the lack of a Tiger offense that had averaged 79.8 points per game in the first 10 contests against non-conference teams and the first part of league play. In the last five games, FHSU has scored 44, 54, 60, 64 and 48 points. In the last two contests, Fort Hays has lost by three points to Washburn University and Pittsburg State University, each ranked in the top 25.

"We've had shot after open shot that if in two games, just one of them goes in the last two or three minutes, we win the game," coach Tony Hobson said in his weekly news conference Tuesday. "Or we do get to the line and then we miss free throws."

They've shot 29, 30, 35, 38 and 24 percent from the field. In no contest have the Tigers made more than 30 percent of their 3s.

"It isn't anything that you have to change your offense or anything," Hobson said. "You have to do what you are still doing and just do it a little bit better. Not a lot, just a little bit better."

On Thursday and Saturday, Fort Hays (11-4, 3-4 MIAA) will travel to league newcomer Lindenwood (Mo.) University (4-11, 1-6 MIAA) and Truman State University (13-3, 6-2 MIAA). The Thursday contests start at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Hobson actually has become more positive with his team during the losses than he is during a winning streak. During a losing skid, Hobson always is worried a team is "losing their heart," and will "quit working hard." He hasn't seen that yet.

"I just think when you are 10-0, I think everybody is telling them how great they are, how nobody can beat you," Hobson said. "So I kind of go the other way. The last two weeks has been positive team-wise, and I don't think we have lost our heart at all. I think the Pitt game was evidence of that. ... We came back and played great at Pitt after the first few minutes."

Senior center Kate Lehman is second in the league in scoring at 16.6 points per game, but finished with four points on 2-of-15 shooting in Saturday's three-point loss at PSU. Junior Katelyn Edwards was 0 of 10 from the field, but made a pair of free throws to finish with two points.

"We are not getting very many easy baskets," Hobson said. "We are not getting near as many transition baskets as we were, so that makes it tougher and we have to keep going into our strength, which is in the post and Kate (Lehman) and Kate Edwards. Not that they aren't playing hard and not necessarily better. We have to be a little smarter in there, and some of the things that we have been doing that worked earlier aren't working now, so then you have to have another option."

This year is Lindenwood's first season in the MIAA, while Truman, a charter member, is leaving for the Great Lakes Valley Conference after this year.

Senior Freddie Sims leads Lindenwood in scoring at 13.7 points per game. Hobson, formerly at NAIA Hastings (Neb.) College, saw Lindenwood, previously an NAIA school, a few years ago at a national tournament. Hastings and Lindenwood never played during Hobson's tenure.

"They shoot the ball very well," Hobson said.

Truman is also receiving votes nationally and has one of the league's top players in senior Becka McHenry, who became the 17th player in Bulldog history to exceed 1,000 points in Truman's last game, an upset victory against top-25 ranked University of Central Missouri. She is tied for ninth in the league at 13.5 points per contest.

Earlier this season, the Bulldogs set a NCAA record with 13 consecutive 3-pointers and a school record 22 overall in a 110-43 victory against Mount Mercy (Iowa) College on New Year's Eve. Truman remains undefeated at home this season.

"They are just good," Hobson said. "They have got everybody back from last year."

Truman stands first nationally in 3-point field goal percentage, third in overall field goal percentage and seventh in free throw percentage. Because of the offensive struggles, FHSU stands 13th in the 15-team league in scoring offense in conference games (60.3 points).

"It's just one of those deals that you go through," Hobson said. "You hope you don't go through them every year, but where you have things that are working for you, and then people are defending you and trying to take those away, and then you have to move on and have another option. Right now, our other options aren't working."

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