EMPORIA — Fort Hays State’s struggles at White Auditorium continued on Wednesday as the No. 3-ranked Tigers suffered their first loss of the season, ending a 15-game win streak.
Emporia State's Addie Lackey broke a tie with a 3-pointer with 17 seconds left and FHSU couldn’t get a quality look off in the closing seconds, falling 54-51 as ESU avenged a loss to the Tigers last month.
Fort Hays has lost 15 of its last 16 games played in White Auditorium.
The Tigers (15-1, 6-1 MIAA) fought back from a 12-point third-quarter deficit to grab a two-point lead after a 3-pointer from Taylor Rolfs but ESU scored the last five points of the game to improve to 12-4 overall and 3-3 in the MIAA.
Fort Hays suffered its worst shooting outing of the season, connecting on just 18 of 60 shots from the floor while ESU went 23 of 64 from the field for 36 percent.
The game was locked at 25 at halftime but Emporia State opened the second half on a 12-0 run. Fort Hays held the Hornets to just four fourth-quarter points over eight-plus minutes before surrendering the last five points.
Rolfs paced the Tigers with 13 points while Lanie Page and Kacey Kennett added 10 each. Tyra Jones led ESU with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
Fort Hays moved out of the MIAA lead, with Washburn (6-0) and Lindenwood (5-0) still unbeaten in conference play. The Tigers will look to pull back even with the Tigers in MIAA play when they face the Ichabods at 1 p.m. Saturday in Topeka.