Ryan Prickett, Sports Information Director
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Impressive performances in three games last week helped Fort Hays State senior Jaden Hobbs earn MIAA women’s basketball Athlete of the Week honors, announced Monday by the league office. The guard helped the Tigers to wins over a trio of Oklahoma-based institutions while averaging 16.7 points, 7.0 assists and 4.3 steals per contest.
In addition to leading the Tigers in scoring for the week, the Alva, Okla. native had a pair of historic performances. Hobbs started the week with eight steals in a road win over Central Oklahoma Tuesday (Dec. 15), the most steals in a game for a Tiger in nearly 16 years. She then wrapped up the week with an 11-point, 11-assist double-double in a victory against Rogers State Sunday (Dec. 20), the most assists in a game for a Tiger in more than 14 years.
When she wasn’t dishing out assists or playing strong defense, Hobbs seemingly couldn’t miss from the floor. She hit 65.4 percent from the floor (17-of-26) and was somehow even better from behind the arc, pouring in 10-of-15 3-point attempts (66.7 percent). Additionally, the senior missed just one free throw (6-of-7, 85.7 percent).
Hobbs scored 19 points against UCO thanks to four 3-pointers before topping that performance Friday (Dec. 18) with 20 points against Northeastern State. She buried a trio of 3-pointers against both NSU and RSU over the weekend.
An All-MIAA selection last season, Hobbs is the first Tiger to earn MIAA Athlete of the Week honors since the final week of the 2018-19 season (Tatyana Legette, 3/15/19).
The Tigers won all three games by at least 20 points, giving them four consecutive 20-plus point conference victories for the first time since 2014. FHSU will return to action after the holiday break when they host Emporia State on Saturday, January 2. First tip is set for 2 p.m. in the women’s-only contest.