Tatyana Legette is looking for a happy homecoming of sorts as the Fort Hays State senior prepares to play one last game in her hometown.
The Topeka-Seaman graduate will help lead the No. 3-ranked FHSU women into a key MIAA showdown with conference-leading Washburn at 1 p.m. Saturday in WU's Lee Arena.
“I don’t like losing in my hometown, for sure, and I did last year. So this year I’m more ready than I ever have been,” Legette said. “It’s not a secret that they’re undefeated in conference. It’s going to be a good game.”
The Tigers are coming off their first loss of the season, falling 54-51 at Emporia State on Wednesday to drop to 15-1 overall and 6-1 in MIAA play.
Legette has been a driving force in the best start in program history for the Tigers, averaging team-high totals of 11.9 points, 8 rebounds and 2.6 assists.
She's the reigning MIAA player of the week after averaging 17.5 points over a pair of home wins against Northeastern State and Central Oklahoma last week. She matched her career high with 15 rebounds in the Emporia State loss to go along with nine points.
Legette, a versatile 5-foot-10 forward, has shown the ability to take over games at times for the Tigers.
"She has that ability because she's good in the open floor, she can post up and she can hit 15-, 16-footers, and she's a good passer," FHSU coach Tony Hobson said. "She can make things happen; sometimes they're not always good, but I'll take my chances with her."
A win against the Ichabods (11-4, 6-0 MIAA) would move the Tigers back into a tie for first place in the MIAA standings. Lindenwood and Pittsburg State also have just one loss in conference play.
The Tigers will be up against a red-hot Washburn team that has won nine straight, including a 62-60 overtime thriller against Nebraska-Kearney Wednesday on a buzzer-beating layup from Alexis McAfee.
“Road games can be really difficult,” Legette said. “We just have to be prepared, going through the scouting report, going through plays in your head, knowing who you’re going to be guarding and what they’re going to do.”
Wamego product and former Kansas State Wildcat Lanie Page is averaging 11.3 points for the Tigers while Kacey Kennett adds 10.9 per game.
Sophomore guard Hunter Bentley is averaging a team-high 11.3 points for Washburn while junior point guard Reagan Phelan and senior guard Taylor Blue are putting up 10.7 and 10.2 points a game.
On the men's side, Fort Hays State enters 12-4 and 6-1 in MIAA after picking up a 82-71 win at Emporia State on Wednesday behind 17 3-pointers. Washburn, coming off an 89-58 home win against Nebraska-Kearney, is 12-3 overall and 5-1 in the MIAA with the only loss coming against No. 1-ranked Northwest Missouri.
Senior guard Javion Blake leads WU with 19.3 points per game while senior forward David Salach adds 12.5 a game. FHSU senior forward Brady Werth paces the Tigers with 15 points per game while Marcus Cooper is averaging 14.4 and Aaron Nicholson 11 per game.
The men's game is set to tipoff at approximately 3 p.m.
The men's and women's games will have been selected to be part of the NCAA Division II Showcase and will be streamed live on Facebook and Twitter.