WARRENSBURG, Mo. — The Fort Hays State University women’s basketball team suffered its worst loss in 132 games Thursday night.
Falling victim to No. 11 ranked University of Central Missouri at the UCM Multipurpose Building, FHSU lost by 20 or more points for the first time since the 2013 season. Coincidentally, that loss also came to UCM in December that year. The Jennies on Thursday moved their record to 10-1, 4-0 with the 71-51 victory.
The Tigers fell to 11-3 overall and 2-3 in league play.
FHSU struck first Thursday, leading for much of the first four minutes, but a 16-3 UCM run put the game well in hand for the Jennies. UCM led by 10 just three minutes later, taking advantage of 18 FHSU turnovers — a season high — including four during the early 16-3 run.
UCM led by as many as 18 points in the second quarter, but 3-pointers for Kacey Kennett and Taylor Rolfs helped close the game to 12 by halftime.
FHSU could only get as close as 10 in the third quarter before a 10-0 run by the Jennies put things out of reach.
Kennett was the only Tiger to reach double digits, pouring in 13 points. Rolfs finished with nine and Carly Heim eight.
UCM shot 50 percent from the floor, marking the first time a team has shot 50 percent or better on the Tigers this season.
FHSU is on the road Saturday to face Southwest Baptist (Mo.) University, a 1:30 p.m. tip in Bolivar, Mo.