The No. 5-ranked Fort Hays State women’s basketball team used a balanced attack to notch another blowout win, rolling to an 88-36 victory over Tabor College on Saturday night at Gross Memorial Coliseum.
Ten different players scored at least 10 points as the Tigers won by at least 40 points for the fourth straight game.
FHSU shot a season-best 55.2% from the floor, hitting 37 of 67 shots and going 10 of 17 from 3-point range.
“I thought our kids showed up and played hard and were focused on what we needed to do,” FHSU coach Tony Hobson said. “I thought anybody that got in the game, which everybody got quite a bit of time, I think they were executing and sharing the ball. I didn’t see anybody really forcing shots. We got quite a bit of open looks.”
Kacey Kennett led Fort Hays with 12 points while Madison Mittie and Lauryn Reither each added 10 points off the bench.
The Tigers opened up a 23-4 lead at the end of the first quarter and took a 46-14 advantage into halftime.
FHSU’s reserves have all played significant minutes in each of the last four games.
“It should pay dividends down the line,” Hobson said. “It won’t be something new when you get a kid in foul trouble on the road and you put somebody in. It should be a confidence boost for them getting these minutes. That’s what you hope to do in games like this.
“You want your starters and your kids that play heavy minutes all the time to be sharp, but you also want your bench to come in and be able to just improve, so when we need to use them — and we will — that they will be ready. This should help them.”
Tabor committed 26 turnovers, with the Tigers notching 17 steals. FHSU dished out 18 assists, led by six from Jaden Hobbs.
The Tigers will now gear up for MIAA play, facing Nebraska-Kearney on the road Tuesday. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. in UNK’S Health and Sports Center.
"I hope were in a position to play and compete a high level in our league, but I don't think you ever really know into you get into it," Hobson said.
UNK will also take a 6-0 record into Tuesday's game with wins over Minnesota-Crookston, Wayne State, Cameron, Adams State, Chadron State and Nebraska Christian.
Maegan Holt and Brooke Carlson are putting up 13 points per game while Haley Simental adds 11.2 for the Lopers.
"Kearney's improved over last year's team, and I thought they were a solid team last year," Hobson said. "They have a good post player (Carlson). They have a transfer point guard (Simental) that's really helped them out a lot. They haven't been beat yet and they're playing with a lot of confidence. We always seem to struggle a little bit up there, so I expect a hard-fought game."