The fifth-ranked Fort Hays State women’s basketball team looks for its sixth-straight win Saturday (Feb. 9) when the Tigers take on Missouri Southern. First tip is set for 1:30 p.m. from the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center in Joplin, Mo.
The Tigers (20-1, 11-1 MIAA) are coming off a 25-point win at Pittsburg State, while the Lions dropped their last contest to Nebraska-Kearney, 50-44.
Fort Hays State owns a 31-18 advantage in the all-time series with Missouri Southern, including wins in 10 of the last 12 matchups. The Lions have had the majority of their success in the series at home, as they hold a 14-8 edge in games played in Joplin. The Tigers are 12-6 against MSSU under Tony Hobson, including a 2-5 mark on the road.
Missouri Southern enters Saturday 12-11 overall and 4-9 in MIAA play, currently clinging to the 10th and final spot in the MIAA Championship Tournament. The Lions put up 66.5 points per contest, ranking 11th in the league, while they sit second to last in the conference with 68.1 points allowed each night. They are one of the top rebounding teams in the MIAA, ranking just behind FHSU in second with 40.7 boards per outing. Chelsey Henry paces the Lions and ranks second in the MIAA with an average of 16.9 points each game.
Madison Mittie averages 14.5 points in two career games against the Lions. Kacey Kennett puts up 10.7 ppg in three meetings with MSSU, including 18 points last year.