Ryan Prickett, Sports Information Director
HAYS – The No. 11 Fort Hays State women’s basketball team picked up its seventh-consecutive win Thursday (Feb. 4), knocking off Newman by 18, 68-50. The Tigers move to 12-2 on the season, while the Jets fall to 3-12 this year.
The Tigers led for all but 84 seconds in the contest, taking the lead 37 seconds in on a Whitney Randall 3-pointer. Fort Hays State scored the first eight points on the night, including a Sydney Golladay triple and a fast break layup from Cydney Bergmann.
Fort Hays State led by seven at the end of the first period, 18-11, before Newman rallied to take a momentarily lead early in the second frame. The Jets used a 10-2 run over a two-minute stretch to race in front, 24-23. The Tigers answered back with the next five points and never trailed again.
The Tigers scored nine straight late in the quarter to build its lead to 11, 37-26, before taking a 10-point advantage into the locker room, 39-29.
Fort Hays State held Newman to just nine points in the third quarter, tied for the fewest FHSU has allowed in a frame all season. The Tigers scored six-straight points to start the quarter before tacking on a 9-0 run late in the period to lead by as many as 17, 54-37.
The Tigers led by as many as 21 with three minutes to play after a pair of Randall free throws.
Fort Hays State was credited with 22 assists, matching its season-high. The Tigers outrebounded Newman by 10, 46-36, including 11 offensive rebounds.
Randall led the Tigers with a game-high 16 points, adding nine rebounds, three assists and one steal. Bergmann added 11 points, seven rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Olivia Hollenbeck recorded a personal-best four steals while adding nine points and four boards.
Four Tigers dished out at least three assists, including a game-high six from Jaden Hobbs, five from Katie Wagner, and three each from Randall and Madison Mittie.
The Tigers will return to the floor Saturday against Central Oklahoma at 4 p.m., the second game of the doubleheader against the Bronchos.