Dec 01, 2019 4:10 AM

Fifth-ranked FHSU women dominant in win over Tabor College

Posted Dec 01, 2019 4:10 AM

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HAYS, Kan. - No. 5/3 Fort Hays State women's basketball team recorded season highs in field goal percentage and blocks and matched its season-best in steals in a dominating 88-36 win over Tabor College Saturday evening at Gross Coliseum.


The Tigers (6-0) were firing on all cylinders from the opening tip, holding the Bluejays to just four points in the first quarter while knocking down nearly 60 percent (10-of-17) from the floor on the other end.


Fort Hays State forced 26 turnovers on the night, including 17 steals. While Jaden Hobbs led the team with three steals, she was just one of 11 different Tigers credited with a steal.


Twelve different players scored for Fort Hays State, including 10 players scoring at least six points.


Tabor started to find the bottom of the net early in the second quarter, knocking down its first five shots from the floor. But the Tiger defense would soon get back on track, holding the Bluejays scoreless for more than 12 minutes spanning halftime to stretch a 20-point lead into a 45-point advantage. The 25-0 run is the longest scoring run for the Tigers since they scored 26-consecutive points against these same Bluejays nearly two years ago (12/13/17).


After the Tigers closed the second quarter on a 10-0 run, Kacey Kennett scored the first seven points of the second half to continue the scoring outburst. Hobbs and Lauryn Reither added 3-pointers later in the frame to extend the run before Tabor finally got on the board with 3:05 to play in the third quarter on a layup.


Kennett led the team with 12 points, while Madison Mittie and Reither both reached double figures with 10 points each. Hobbs dished out a team-high six assists alongside eight points. Belle Barbieri tallied nine points, five rebounds, two steals and one block. Lanie Page totaled seven points, two assists and a team-best three blocks.


Fort Hays State buried 55.2 percent of its shots, the highest field goal percentage for the Tigers since January 2018 (56.6 percent at Lindenwood, 1/27/18). The Tigers capitalized on the 26 Tabor miscues, scoring 29 points off turnovers.


After playing their last four games inside the friendly confines of Gross Memorial Coliseum, the Tigers head back out on the road to open conference play on Tuesday (Dec. 3). FHSU will open league play against rival Nebraska-Kearney, with first tip set for 5:30 p.m. inside the Health and Sports Center.

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Dec 01, 2019 4:10 AM
Strong fourth quarter lifts Kansas State over Iowa State

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Jordon Brown and Jacardia Wright ran for touchdowns, Joshua Youngblood took a kickoff back 93 yards for another score, and Kansas State beat Iowa State 27-17 in a defensive slugfest Saturday night.

The Wildcats (8-4, 5-4 Big 12) only managed 57 yards passing and 288 yards of total offense, but they scored the final 13 points while holding the Cyclones’ high-powered offense in check.

Brock Purdy was just 15 of 30 for 185 yards passing and a touchdown, and the Cyclones (7-5, 5-4) finished with 236 yards in all. Their biggest problem came in converting third downs — they were 1 of 13 — and that in turn led to a massive advantage for Kansas State in time of possession.

The result: The Wildcats beat the Cyclones for the 11th time in 12 meetings in the game known as “Farmageddon.” They also have won seven straight in Manhattan against their fellow land-grant college.

It was Senior Day in Manhattan, but it was a freshman that provided the early fireworks.

Youngblood fielded the opening kickoff on a cold, wind-swept night and angled toward the Iowa State sideline, then headed up field. There was nobody in a chrome red helmet between him and the end zone, and the fleet-footed freshman cruised to his nation-leading third kick return TD of the season.

Kansas State’s offense soon got on track, too.

After taking possession inside its own 10-yard line for the third straight time, the Wildcats used nearly 7 minutes to march 98 yards for the score. They converted three third downs, got some help from a personal foul penalty and capped it with Wright’s 12-yard touchdown run.

Iowa State finally gave Purdy time to answer, and the record-setting sophomore quarterback used it to pick apart Kansas State’s well-regarded secondary. Purdy threw a 15-yard strike to Sean Shaw Jr. for a touchdown, then connected with Tarique Milton for 60 yards to set up Breece Hall’s tying touchdown.

That score came on fourth-and-goal at the 1-yard line, and after Iowa State coach Matt Campbell and Kansas State counterpart Chris Klieman hilariously traded four total timeouts.

After trading field goals during an offensively inept third quarter, the Wildcats took advantage of good field position set up by their defense to pull ahead 24-17. Brown finished the methodical eight-play drive — entirely on the ground — by going untouched 15 yards with 10:24 left in the game.

The Cyclones were forced to punt on their next possession, and Wright and Youngblood tore off long runs to set up Blake Lynch’s chip-shot field goal that effectively put the game out of reach.


Iowa State’s offense came into the game sixth nationally in passing at 330.5 yards per game, but Purdy struggled with the stiff, cold wind out of the west. He also got little help from his receivers, who dropped several passes — a few of them on crucial third downs.

Kansas State stuck to its persona by running the ball, even though Iowa State led the Big 12 in rush defense, and it paid off. The Wildcats wore the Cyclones down at the line of scrimmage in the fourth quarter and that allowed them to break the 17-all tie.


Both teams will await their bowl destinations next weekend.