Fort Hays State’s Tatyana Legette was named MIAA women’s basketball athlete of the week after recording double-doubles in wins against Nebraska-Kearney and Emporia State last week in Gross Memorial Coliseum.
Legette, a 5-foot-10 senior from Topeka, averaged 19 points and 11.5 rebounds on the week as the No. 9-ranked Tigers moved to 8-0 overall and 2-0 in conference play.
She had a season-high 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in a 62-53 win over UNK on Tuesday, and went for 15 points and 10 boards to help FHSU take an 84-74 win over No. 24 Emporia State on Saturday.
Legette, who earned the weekly honor for the third time in her career, was clutch from the foul line, hitting 20 of 22 attempts on the week.
The MIAA men’s weekly honor went to Pittsburg State’s Grant Lozoya, who averaged 27 points and 5.5 rebounds in a pair of Gorilla victories. Lozoya hit a game-winning buzzer beater from just inside halfcourt to beat Central Oklahoma 77-76 on Saturday in Pittsburg.
Dante Brown finalist for Fred Mitchell Award
Fort Hays State football’s Dante Brown has been recognized as one of 10 finalists for the Fred Mitchell Outstanding Placekicker Award.
The award is given annually to an FCS, Division II, NAIA or NJCAA placekicker “that excels on the football field and in the community.”
Brown, a junior from Ontario, had one of the top seasons in NCAA Division II history in 2018. He converted 28 out of 33 field goals, ranking second in D-II history behind Jeff Glas’ record of 30 in 2005 for the University of North Dakota.
Brown, the MIAA special teams player of the year, set a FHSU single-season scoring record of 123 points in 2018 with 39 PATs in addition to his 28 field goals.
Osborne’s Holloway commits to Emporia State
Darnell Holloway has committed to Emporia State for football, the Osborne star announced Monday on Twitter.
The 6-foot-4 195-pound senior quarterback rushed for 1,616 yards and 31 touchdowns for the Bulldogs while throwing for 992 yards and 15 scores. He led Osborne to the Eight-Man Division II state championship game, where the Bulldogs fell to Hanover, 58-50.
Emporia State went 8-4 last season and won the Corsicana Bowl.
Tigers women at home Friday
The FHSU basketball teams will step back out of conference play for their remaining games of the month.
The Tiger women will play Tabor at 7 p.m. on Friday at home before taking on Rockhurst at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, which will be followed by the Tiger men’s game against Bethel.
The Tiger teams will close out 2018 with a doubleheader on Dec. 30 at home, with the FHSU women facing Bethany at 2 p.m. and the Fort Hays men taking on McPherson at 4 p.m.
The Fort Hays women are joined at 2-0 in the conference by Lindenwood, Pittsburg State and Washburn, which knocked off defending national champion and No. 7 Central Missouri, 62-57, on Saturday in Topeka.
The Tiger men (6-3 overall) are also 2-0 in MIAA play, along with Northwest Missouri, Missouri Southern, Pittsburg State and Washburn.