The Fort Hays State men’s and women’s basketball teams will return from the holiday break by playing host to Missouri Southern on Saturday at Gross Memorial Coliseum.
Both Tiger teams will be looking for their first MIAA wins, with the FHSU women entering 9-2 overall and 0-2 in MIAA play and the Fort Hays men sitting 6-4 overall and 0-2 in conference play. The women’s game starts at 2 p.m. followed by the men’s contest at 4 p.m.
The Missouri Southern men (9-2, 2-0 MIAA) are ranked No. 18 in Division II and led by All-American forward Cam Martin, who averages 22.5 points and 8.3 rebounds.
“One on the best teams in the country, and they have one of the best players in the country,” FHSU coach Mark Johnson said of Missouri Southern. “They have two losses (Truman State and Texas A&M Commerce), they were both on the road and they were both in overtime. (The losses were) basically a result of Cam Martin getting in foul trouble. If you get him in foul trouble, you’ve got a good chance. If he doesn’t (get in foul trouble), he’s a handful. So we’ll have to figure out how we’re going to guard the post because we’re not the biggest guys this year.”
The Tiger men have four players averaging in double figures in points — Devin Davis (12.2 points per game), Jake Hutchings (12), Jared Vitztum (11) and Nyjee Wright (10.6).
Kacey Kennett leads a balanced attack for the FHSU women with 11.8 points per game. Jaden Hobbs adds 10.8 points per game while Belle Barbieri and Taylor Rolfs are averaging 10.3 and 10.2 points per game, respectively.
The Missouri Southern women enter 3-7 overall and 0-2 in the MIAA with losses to Pittsburg State and Washburn. Chasidee Owens leads the Lions with 15.6 points per game while Destiny Cozart and Zoe Campbell are adding 15.4 and 13.2 points per game.