A late-game bucket by Emma Stroyan after a back-and-forth battle resulted in a 62-61 win over Southwest Baptist (Mo.) University on Saturday for the Fort Hays State University women’s basketball team.
The win pushed FHSU back to .500 in MIAA play. FHSU improved to 12-3 overall with a 3-3 mark in conference play.
FHSU is now back on track after slipping at No. 11 Central Missouri on Thursday in its first 20-point loss in 132 contests.
Eight lead changes and two ties occurred in the game, making this the closest contest for the Tigers in five games. Kacey Kennett ad Taylor Rolfs opened up the scoring with two-straight 3-pointers to take give FHSU a quick 6-0 lead. The Tigers drew their largest lead in the meeting at the 2 minute, 32 second mark in the opening quarter as they stretched their advantage to 11. The Bearcats started to find their momentum, but still fought from behind for much of the first half.
At the break, the Tigers held a 34-32 advatage after Madison Strong for Southwest Baptist knocked-down a late-quarter 3 to cut the Tiger lead.
The first Bearcat lead of the contest came right at the opening of the third quarter as Ray'Shionne Smith connected on a long-range shot to give SBU the 35-34 advantage. The remainder of the game saw the contest go back-and-forth with neither team being able to promote a lead higher than four when SBU claimed a 40-36 lead in the third.
The final quarter saw only a three-point spread as the largest in the last 10 minutes. After a 49-49 tie to start the quarter, FHSU held the lead off a pair of Tatyana Legette free-throws for the next four minutes. A 3-point make by Caylee Richardson with 4:03 left in the quarter boosted the Bearcats to a 59-58 lead. The contest was held scoreless for the next three minutes until Tiger newcomer Lanie Page connected on a layup to put the Tigers up 60-59. Ultimately, FHSU would get a lay up off from Stroyan to claim the win.
Legette led the way for the Tigers with 18 points to go with nine rebounds and three assists. Kennett (12), Carly Heim (10) and Rolfs (10) also contributed double-digit scoring for FHSU. Page added eight points with a game-high four blocks. As a team, the Tigers went 37.9 percent from the field. From beyond the arc, the Tigers connected on 6 of 15.
Richardson led all scorers with a double-double after recording 19 points and 12 rebounds. The Bearcats shot 35.1% from the field, while making only four of their 11 long-range attempts.
The Tigers will be back home for three-consecutive MIAA contests. First up, FHSU plays host to Nebraska-Kearney on Saturday, a scheduled 2 p.m. tip at Gross Memorial Coliseum.