The Fort Hays State Lady Tigers missed their final five free throws in regulation and lose 87-78 to No. 13 Central Missouri in the semifinals of the MIAA tournament at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City. The loss snaps the Tigers four-game win streak and drops them to 22-7. The Jennies improve to 24-4 and will play Emporia State Sunday afternoon for the tournament title.
After a slow start, the Lady Tigers went on a 16-2 run to take a 12-point lead with 13:37 to play in the first half. The Jennies answer with a 33-11 run over the next 10 minutes to go up 12 with 3:26 to play. FHSU finished the half on an 11-2 run to pull within three at the half.
Fort Hays State would get as close as one early in the second, only to fall behind by 10. They would rally to take the lead back on a Kate Edwards three-point play. Back-to-back Traci Keyser three-pointers put them up three at 72-69. Missed free throws prevented them from building the lead any bigger.
The Jennies had a chance to win it in the final 10 seconds. BreAnna Lewis hit the front end but missed the second of two free throws to force overtime. UCM outscored the Lady Tigers 12-3 in the extra period.
Kaiameka Brown and Kate Edwards both scored 18 points to lead the Tigers. It’s a career-high for Brown. Edwards added 10 rebounds and dished out eight assists. Kate Lehman scored 17 points and had nine rebounds and eight blocks before fouling out.
Keuna Flax scored 23 and had 15 rebounds and Nicole Caddell added 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Jennies who avenge a 45-point regular season loss to the Lady Tigers in Hays back in early December.