Northwest Missouri State (3-3, 3-3 MIAA) at
Fort Hays State (6-2, 6-2 MIAA)
Thursday, January 14, 2021 • 5:30 p.m.
Hays, Kan. • Gross Memorial Coliseum
Radio: KJLS (103.3-FM)
The Fort Hays State women's basketball team returns to the friendly confines of Gross Memorial Coliseum Thursday (Jan. 14) to take on Northwest Missouri State beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The Tigers are coming off a 15-point road win at Lincoln Saturday (Jan. 9), 85-70, while the Bearcats have not played since January 2, an 80-50 road loss to Pittsburg State.
Tickets are still available to Thursday's contest, including a limited number of lower level reserved seats.
Fort Hays State holds a 15-10 lead in the all-time series against Northwest Missouri State, including wins in 11 of the last 12 meetings. The Tigers are 9-2 at home against the Bearcats, including wins in each of the last nine home games in the series. Northwest has not won in Hays since December 30, 2006. Head coach Tony Hobson is 13-4 against the Bearcats, including a perfect 8-0 mark at home.
Jaden Hobbs scored 22 points in a 70-59 win at Northwest Missouri State last season (1/25/20). Whitney Randall averages 8.0 points per game in three matchups against the Bearcats, including 14 points as a sophomore.
Hobbs ranks ninth in the country with 40 assists and second with 27 made 3-pointers. She averages 5.0 assists per game and the team record for assists per game in a season is 5.4 (Maisha Prewitt in 1998-99). The senior hit 5-of-10 from behind the arc on Saturday and her season 3-point percentage decreased from 55 percent to 54 percent. She's hit at least half of her long-range attempts in all but one game this season.
Olivia Hollenbeck's 16 blocked shots are sixth-most in Division II. Katie Wagner is nearly averaging a double-double in the three games since returning from break (10.7p, 9.0r). She is one of 49 players in Division II and seven in the MIAA with multiple double-doubles this season.
Randall is scoring a team-best 16.3 points per game at home this season.
Northwest Missouri State is 3-3 so far this season, including a 2-2 mark away from home. The Bearcats are on the back end of a six-week roadtrip, last playing at home on December 5. The Bearcats rank 13th in the league in scoring at 60.2 points per game, but they sit in fifth in points allowed per game at 61.5. NWMSU is one spot behind the Tigers in shooting, ranking third by hitting 44.2 percent from the floor this season. They are last in the league and rank 163 out of 166 Division II schools that are playing with 27.8 rebounds per contest. Molly Hartnett is one of three Bearcats scoring in double figures on a nightly basis, leading the team with 14.8 points per game.