By GERARD WELLBROCK
Kate Lehman scored 26 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked four shots, leading the fifth-ranked Fort Hays State Lady Tigers to an 81-71 win over Nebraska-Kearney Saturday night in front of 2,815 at the Health and Sports Center. The win, coupled with a Pittsburg State overtime loss earlier in the day to Missouri Southern, clinches a share of the MIAA title. FHSU improves to 24-2 overall and 16-1 in MIAA. The 24 wins are the most for the Lady Tigers since joining Division II in 1992.
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Fort Hays State used a 14-2 first half run to go up 11 and lead by 13 at the half. They pushed the lead as high as 14 two and-a-half minutes into the second half but the Lopers (11-15, 5-12 MIAA) answered with a 21-11 run to close the gap to four. The Tigers led by just four with under four minutes to play when Paige Lunsford hit a 3-pointer from the right corner to push the lead to seven with 2:49 on the clock. UNK would get only one more basket the rest of the way.
Lehman’s four blocks moves her into third on the Division II career blocked shot list and she’s now just seven blocks away from tying Jenny Crouse of North Dakota at No. 2.
Chelsea Mason was 4-of-7 from beyond the arc and scored 18, Beth Bohuslavsky added 16 points along with eight assists and Jill Faxon came off the bench to score 11.
Nebraska-Kearney hit 8-of-20 from 3-point range and outrebounded the Tigers by seven.
FHSU can claim the outright conference title with a win at Central Oklahoma on Thursday.