MARYVILLE — Buoyed by a strong third quarter, the Fort Hays State women’s basketball team bounced back to earn a 70-59 win at Northwest Missouri State on Saturday.
After seeing a nine-game winning streak snapped on Thursday at Missouri Western, the Tigers found themselves down seven at halftime before taking control with a 25-13 third quarter.
Jaden Hobbs poured in 22 points for the Tigers, followed by Kacey Kennett with 16. Hobbs and Kennett combined to go 19 of 20 at the foul line.
FHSU moved to 16-3 overall and 7-3 in MIAA play.
Hobbs shook off a rough game at Western to go 6 of 14 from the field and 9 of 10 from the foul line. Belle Barbieri pulled down 13 rebounds to go along with six points.
The score was tied midway through the third quarter before the Tigers went on a 6-0 run comprised of a layup and two free throws from Hobbs and a bucket from Taylor Rolfs.
The Tigers built a double-digit lead in the fourth. Northwest cut the lead to three with 1:28 left but Hobbs and Kennett helped ice the win with free throws.
FHSU shot 40 percent from the field, hitting 21 of 52 shots. The Tigers came up big at the foul line, going 26 of 31 from the stripe. Northwest went 22 of 54 from the floor.
Kylie Coleman and Paityn Rau each scored 17 for Northwest while Mallory McConkey added 15.
The Tiger women will return to action next Saturday, hosting Nebraska-Kearney at Gross Memorial Coliseum.
The Fort Hays State men’s basketball team was taking on defending NCAA Division II national champion Northwest Missouri Saturday in a game that ended after The HDN’s press time. Check hdnews.net and Tuesday’s print edition for a recap.
The Tiger men play host To Kansas Wesleyan on Monday at 7 p.m. in Gross Coliseum.