LAWRENCE — The Fort Hays State women’s basketball flirted with an upset against the University of Kansas, taking the Jayhawks to overtime before falling 90-83 in Sunday’s exhibition at Allen Fieldhouse.
Taylor Rolfs sent the game to overtime for the Tigers with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of regulation, knotting it up at 79.
FHSU had a one-point lead midway through the overtime period but Kansas ended the game on a 9-1 run to hold off the Tigers.
The 83 points were the most Kansas has surrendered in an exhibition game.
“We’re a better team leaving today than we were when we walked in,” FHSU coach Tony Hobson said in the postgame press conference.
FHSU junior Lanie Page scored a game-high 21 points, going 7 of 15 from the field and 4 of 8 from 3-point range. Rolfs scored 12 of her 14 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, while Belle Barbieri added 12 points and eight boards. Tatyana Legette grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.
The Tigers trailed at 20-18 at the end of the first quarter after Page made a half-court buzzer beater. FHSU had a 32-29 lead in the second frame after a 3-pointer from freshman Hailey Walker, but KU ended the half on a 15-4 run to take a 44-36 lead at the break.
Fort Hays was within four (59-55) at the end of the third quarter and continued to hang around in the fourth, cutting the Jayhawks’ lead to 78-76 with 1:42 left on a layup from Barbieri.
KU’s Brianna Osorio hit one of two free throws with five seconds to leave the door open, and Rolfs took advantage with the game-tying triple. The Central Plains product hit her fourth trey of the game with 3:53 left to give the Tigers their last lead at 82-81.
Austin Richardson posted a double-double for the Jayhawks with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman Brooklyn Mitchell added 17 points off the bench.
Fort Hays State shot 40.8 percent from the floor (29 of 71), going 11 for 32 effort from 3-point range. The Jayhawks were 45.2 percent from the field (33 of 73) and went 10 of 22 from 3-point range.
The Tigers will play their second and final exhibition against Kansas State at 7 p.m. on Thursday in Manhattan.