The Fort Hays State women's basketball team will close out non-conference play with a pair of tough tests at the 2019 Cruzin Classic in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The No. 16-ranked Tigers will face Harding at 1:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. ET) on Wednesday before taking on No. 6 Saint Anselm at 2:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m. ET) on Thursday.
It will be the first time Fort Hays has faced either Harding or Saint Anselm. The Tigers (7-2) are coming off a 92-40 win over Bethany last week.
Harding, which was picked to win the Great American Conference, enters 5-3 with an 0-3 record away from home.
"They're a dangerous team. They're really solid," FHSU coach Tony Hobson said of the Lady Bisons, who picked up early-season wins over Emporia State and Missouri Southern. "That'll be a tough game for us."
Kellie Lampo leads Harding with 17 points and 9.8 rebounds per contest. Carissa Caples is adding 11 points per game. The Lady Bisons rank sixth in the nation in offensive rebounds, averaging 17.4 per game.
Saint Anselm, located in Goffstown, N.H., is 7-0 after reaching the national quarterfinals a year ago. The Hawks rank 14th in the country in scoring with 82.9 points per game.
The Tigers will going up against one of the top players in Division II in Saint Anselm 6-foot-4 forward Shannon Ryan, who ranks second in the country in scoring (26.7 ppg) and rebounding (14.3).
"They have size we really haven't seen since K-State," Hobson said. "It will be a totally different type of test for us. We'll have to play well to get out of there with two wins."
FHSU men in action Tuesday night
The Fort Hays State men were set to play host to Bethel on Tuesday night in Gross Memorial Coliseum. Check hdnews.net and Thursday's print edition for a game recap.