HAYS, Kan. - Fort Hays State nearly coughed up a 10-point fourth quarter lead but held off the hot-shooting Pittsburg State Gorillas 75-74 Monday night at Gross Coliseum.
The Gorillas (7-5, 3-1 MIAA) went 9-for-12 from the floor in the fourth quarter and had a chance to take the lead with a little over five seconds to play but Athena Alvarado missed two free throws.
Kasey Kennett was fouled after grabbing the rebound but missed both of her free throws with 2.5 seconds to play but a guarded deep 3-pointer from Tristan Gegg came up short at the horn.
Whitney Randall led five Tigers (11-2, 2-2 MIAA) in double-figures with 15 points. Jaden Hobbs scored 14, Belle Barbiere and Taylor Rolfs both added 10.
Alvarado led the Gorillas with 21.
The Tigers closed the second quarter on a 10-2 run and led by 11 at halftime. The were up 10 after three quarters before the Gorillas opened the fourth on a 10-3 run to pull within three.
PSU was within one on two different occasions in the fourth but failed to take the lead.
FHSU shot 48-percent for the game including 4-of-9 from beyond the arc.