By The Hays Daily News

MARYVILLE, Mo. -- The Fort Hays State University women's basketball team won its ninth consecutive game on Saturday by defeating Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, 71-52. The Tigers forced 29 turnovers to earn the win, making up for a quiet offensive game.

Junior guard Chelsea Mason led FHSU with 19 points, while fellow junior guard Paige Lunsford had a career-high 15. Senior center Kate Lehman finished with 11 points.

NWMSU led 16-15 late in the first half before a Tiger run gave them a 36-28 halftime lead. FHSU never looked back from there, going on to earn the 19-point victory. The Tigers shot just 39.7 percent from the field and were outrebounded 39-33. Northwest drops to 4-8 overall, 0-3 in the MIAA, while FHSU is now 10-1 overall and 3-0 in conference play heading into the break. The Tigers return to action with a home date against Missouri Southern on Jan. 3, a team currently ranked No. 22 in the nation.

Men fall in overtime

Despite a valiant rally to force extra time, the FHSU men's basketball team lost at Northwest Missouri State in overtime Saturday afternoon, 74-66. The Tigers trailed 61-48 with 3:44 to play in the game, but rallied even when junior guard Craig Nicholson fouled out with less than a minute to play. It was a 3-pointer by junior Jeremy Wilson with 11 seconds remaining that forced OT. The extra session belonged to NWMSU, however, the Bearcats outscoring FHSU 10-2.

Nicholson led the Tigers with 16 points, James Fleming adding 12, Wilson 11 and Dom Samac 11. FHSU drops to 7-4 overall, 1-2 in MIAA.