A driving force behind a banner regular season for the Fort Hays State women’s basketball team, Tatyana Legette has been rewarded with the MIAA's top honor. 

Legette was announced as MIAA Player of the Year on Tuesday after leading the No. 3-ranked Tigers in scoring (13.6 per game), rebounds (8.3) and assists (2.9) in the regular season.

FHSU's Tony Hobson was named MIAA Coach of the Year for the third time, while Kacey Kennett was a second-team pick and Lanie Page was a third-team selection for the Tigers. Junior Belle Barbieri and senior Carly Heim received honorable mention for FHSU. 

Legette, a senior forward from Topeka, scored in double figures 21 times on the season for the Tigers, who capped the regular season with a 27-1 mark and ran away with the MIAA title by posting an 18-1 conference mark. She raised her averages to 15.1 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists in conference play. 

It’s the third time in her career Legette has been named All-MIAA. She was an honorable mention pick as a sophomore and was a second-team selection last year. 

She is the second Tiger to be named MIAA player of the year (Kate Lehman, 2014-15). 

Legette recently reflected on her career and the legacy she hopes to leave with the team.

“I hope (to be remembered for) the excitement that I felt like I brought to the team,” Legette said. “I like for them to think of the game as fun and exciting and not more of a job. Just think of it as something you get to do in front of everyone you love. Just have fun with it.”

Legette had a memorable senior day this past Saturday in a 67-62 win over Pittsburg State. She matched her career high with 25 points and added 10 rebounds and six assists. 

“You saw her play with the same type of energy and emotion that she always does,” Hobson said after the game. “What a way for her to end her regular season career here. ...  What a day for her.”

Legette was joined on the first team by Central Missouri’s Paige Redmond and Morgan Fleming, Emporia State’s Tyra Jones, Lindenwood’s Kallie Bildner and Missouri Western’s Katrina Roenfeldt. 

Emporia State’s Jessica Wayne was Defensive Player of the Year and Pittsburg State’s Kaylee DaMitz was freshman of the year. 

Hobson guided the Tigers to their eighth-straight 20-win season, extending the longest streak in program history. He also received MIAA Coach of the Year honors in 2014-15 and 2015-16.

Kennett, a junior from Olathe, averaged 11.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. She received honorable mention last year. 

Page was the Tigers' second-leading scorer with 11.9 points per game, scoring 20 or more points a team-best five times. The junior from Wamego, an honorable mention pick last season, led the team with 45 steals and 45 blocks this year.

Heim earned honorable mention for the third year in a row. The senior from Hoxie recorded 7.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists while averaging a team-high 1.7 steals in her 20 appearances before seeing her season cut short by a knee injury. 

Barbieri took her first All-MIAA award after averaging 10.4 points and 6.5 rebounds. The junior from Abilene scored in double digits in 17 games this season.

Tigers begin MIAA Tournament Thursday

The Tigers will open the MIAA Tournament in the quarterfinals at 6 p.m. on Thursday in Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo., facing either Nebraska-Kearney or Missouri Western. UNK and Western will play Wednesday night for the right to take on FHSU. 

Fort Hays is aiming for its first MIAA Tournament title. The Tigers made the championship game last year but were upset by Lindenwood. 

"There was a lot of upsets last year, and the one that no one wants to talk about — us versus Lindenwood," Legette said. "We're all (ticked off) whenever we think about it. I think we will be ready when we go down there. We're not going to take anyone lightly."

2018-19 MIAA Women's Basketball Postseason Awards

Player of the Year - Tatyana Legette - Fort Hays State, Senior

Defensive Player of the Year - Jessica Wayne - Emporia State, Junior

Freshman of the Year - Kaylee DaMitz - Pittsburg State

Coach of the Year - Tony Hobson - Fort Hays State

All-MIAA First Team

Paige Redmond - Central Missouri, Senior

Morgan Fleming - Central Missouri, Junior

Tyra Jones - Emporia State, Senior

Tatyana Legette - Fort Hays State, Senior

Kallie Bildner - Lindenwood, Junior

Katrina Roenfeldt - Missouri Western, Junior

Reflects Tie In Voting

All-MIAA Second Team

Jessica Wayne - Emporia State, Junior

Kacey Kennett - Fort Hays State, Junior

Chelsey Henry - Missouri Southern, Senior

Shelby Lopez - Pittsburg State, Senior

Reagan Phelan - Washburn, Junior

All-MIAA Third Team

Megan Skaggs - Central Missouri, Junior

Micayla Haynes - Central Oklahoma, Junior

Lanie Page - Fort Hays State, Junior

Maya Williams - Pittsburg State, Sophomore

Caylee Richardson - Southwest Baptist, Senior

All-Defensive Team

Megan Skaggs - Central Missouri, Junior

Madison Lee - Central Oklahoma, Senior

Jessica Wayne - Emporia State, Junior

Melia Richardson - Missouri Western, Senior

Joi Bertrand - Northeastern State, Senior

Honorable Mention All-MIAA

Central Missouri: Sydney Crockett - Senior

Central Oklahoma: Ireon Smith - Junior

Emporia State: Addie Lackey - Senior, Emily Miller - Senior, Tiana Moala - Senior

Fort Hays State: Carly Heim - Senior, Belle Barbieri - Junior

Lincoln: Zhanesha Dickerson - Senior

Lindenwood: Lexie Moe - Senior, Charisse Williams - Senior

Missouri Southern: Chasidee Owens - Junior

Missouri Western: Brittany Atkins - Senior, Melia Richardson - Senior

Nebraska Kearney: Brooke Carlson - Freshman, Maegan Holt - Freshman, Kelsey Sanger - Sophomore

Northeastern State: Cailyn Long - Senior, Cenia Hayes - Sophomore

Pittsburg State: Athena Alvarado - Junior, Kaylee DaMitz - Freshman

Southwest Baptist: Laura Vierkant - Junior

Washburn: Hunter Bentley - Sophomore, Taylor Blue - Senior, Alexis McAfee - Junior