CLAREMORE, Okla. — The Fort Hays State women's basketball team stormed back from an 11-point third quarter deficit to outlast Rogers State 71-69 on Saturday in the Tigers' first-ever meeting with the Hillcats.
Rogers State, searching for its first MIAA win, led 54-43 with under a minute left in the third frame and took a nine-point advantage into the fourth.
The Tigers (13-2, 4-2 MIAA) finally hit their stride in the fourth, using a 9-0 run to creep within a point with 5:16 left. Fort Hays grabbed its first lead of the second half on a putback from Cydney Bergmann that put the Tigers up 63-61 with 2:45 remaining.
FHSU opened up a seven-point lead with 24 seconds left but couldn't completely put the Hillcats away until the final seconds. A 3-pointer from Rogers State's Lilly Garner made it a one-point game with four seconds left before FHSU's Jaden Hobbs hit one of two free throws with two seconds remaining, and the Hillcats didn't draw iron on a desperation heave.
Rogers State, a new addition to the MIAA this season, dropped to 2-14 overall and 0-7 in conference play.
Belle Barbieri led the Tigers with 20 points and 10 rebounds. She added three steals and three blocks. Hobbs finished with 14 points and Taylor Rolfs scored all 12 of her points in the second half.
FHSU went 40 percent from the field while Rogers State finished at 46.4 percent. The Tigers were just 2 of 15 percent from 3-point range while RSU went 11 of 20 from deep.
Garner led Rogers State with 19 points while Vanessa Gajdosova added 18.
The Tiger men were in action against Rogers State in a game that ended after the HDN's press time on Saturday. Check hdnews.net and Tuesday's print edition for a recap.
The Fort Hays State teams will play host to Emporia State on Wednesday in Gross Memorial Coliseum. The women's game starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by the men's contest at around 7:30.