This time, the Fort Hays State women made sure there would be no drama against Rogers State.
After squeaking by with a two-point win in the first meeting last month in Claremore, Okla., the Tigers dispatched of the Hillcats with ease on Thursday night at Gross Memorial Coliseum.
Fort Hays shot 53 percent from field (40 of 75), placed five in double figures and put 12 Tigers that played in the scoring column as FHSU moved to 19-6 overall and 10-6 in the MIAA.
“When things are rolling, it’s always a blast,” FHSU senior guard Kacey Kennett said. “Especially since we didn’t play well down there, it’s kind of fun to dominate at home.
“We knew after we went down there that we did not play well. It wasn’t to the standards we hold ourselves accountable for. It was kind of a moment to prove who we are and that we’re a good team.”
The Tigers, ranked eighth in the Central Region, started the rout early by outscoring the Hillcats 30-5 in the first quarter. They went 13 of 25 from the floor and held Rogers State to 1 of 12 in the frame.
FHSU led 53-24 at halftime and 77-36 at the end of the third quarter. It was the 25th time the Tigers (19-6, 10-6 MIAA) have reached 100 points in a game and 13th time in the Tony Hobson era.
“When you get 30 the first quarter, you can kind of just settle in and play,” Hobson said. “I thought the first quarter was excellent. And then to score 100, when we don’t play really any starters the fourth quarter, you know your bench is playing pretty good, too.”
Kennett led the Tigers with 16 points. She was 6 of 14 from the field and 4 of 6 from 3-point range.
“It’s always a confidence booster when you hit the first couple, especially when you see your other teammates hitting things,” Kennett said. “It just kind of fuels the fire a little bit.”
Kennett was joined in double figures by Jaden Hobbs (14), Belle Barbieri (12), Whitney Randall (12) and Taylor Rolfs (10). Barbieri also grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out four assists and had four blocks.
FHSU’s bench supplied 36 points. Freshman guard Lauryn Reither had nine points, while sophomore Cydney Bergmann and junior Cassidy Haufler had eight points each.
“Our bench can score at times,” Hobson said. “Lauryn hit a couple threes and did a good job. Cassidy came in and played well at the 5. You know you’re bench is playing well when you play them a lot of the game and you still get 100.”
Rogers State (4-22, 2-15 MIAA) went 21 of 61 from the field for 34 percent.
The Tigers will play host to Northeastern State for senior day at 2 p.m. Saturday in Gross Memorial Coliseum.