TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Fort Hays State Univeristy women's basketball team yet again used a dominating run in the second quarter to help lead to a 71-53 road victory over Northeastern State on Thursday. The Tigers are now 19-4 overall and 10-4 in the MIAA, while the RiverHawks dip to 9-12 on the year and 5-9 in league action.
The Tigers now own the longest current winning streak in the MIAA, matching their longest streak of the season with their seventh straight victory.
Neither side could get much going in the first quarter, combining to shoot less than 30 percent from the floor over the first 10 minutes of action. FHSU led 10-6 after one period before NSU scored the first four points of the second frame. The teams traded 3-pointers before FHSU took control, using an 18-3 run to go from tied 13-13 to up by 15, 31-16.
Whitney Clampitt hit a pair of 3-pointers during the run, the second of which put the Tigers in front by double digits for good, 27-15. Belle Barbieri dropped in a layup off a pass from Tatyana Legette late in the period to put the Tigers in front by 15 before NSU scored in the final 10 seconds to go to make the halftime score 31-18.
The Tigers continued to add to their lead in the second half, hitting 47 percent of its shots after halftime. Taylor Rolfs poured in two long-range efforts in the third quarter, scoring eight points in the frame.
Legette dropped in a layup with 7:07 remaining in the game after a dish from Kacey Kennett, giving the Tigers their biggest lead of the evening, 64-40.
It was a balanced effort on offense for the Tigers, as all nine players to check in scored at least three points. Three players scored in double figures, led by 14 from Emma Stroyan and 10 each for Rolfs and Carly Heim. Legette grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds, adding eight points, three assists, three steals and one block. Heim and Kennett both added three assists, giving the Tigers 13 assists on the night.
Fort Hays State dominated on the boards, grabbing 41 rebounds to just 30 for the RiverHawks. The Tigers made just nine turnovers in the win while swiping away nine steals on the defensive end.
The Tigers will look for their eighth straight victory on Saturday when they travel to Edmond, Okla. to take on Central Oklahoma. First tip is set for 1:30 p.m.