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March 9, 2013

Fort Hays St. sends NSU women home

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Northeastern State women’s basketball team fell 61-42 to Fort Hays State in the quarterfinals of the 2013 MIAA Championship at Municipal Auditorium.

The third-seeded RiverHawks (19-8) were upset by the sixth-seeded Lady Tigers (22-6), who will now move on to face No. 2 Central Missouri in the semifinals.

“Obviously we’re disappointed with the outcome of our game,” said NSU coach Randy Gipson. “Fort Hays State did a good job defensively of coming out and playing very hard.”

Northeastern State was led by senior guards Taylor Lewis and Tosha Tyler. Lewis scored 14 points, while Tyler added 13. No other member of the team contributed more than four points.

NSU shot 28 percent (14-for-50) from the field, 18 percent (3-for-17) from downtown and 92 percent (11-for-12) at the line.

FHSU shot 38 percent (19-for-5) from the field, 37 percent (7-for-19) from beyond the arc and 89 percent (16-for-18) from the charity stripe.

“They utilized their depth and size inside,” Gipson said. “We’re not a real physical team, and they got physical and played hard.”

The Lady Tigers were paced by Kate Lehman, who finished with a game-high 18 points. Traci Keyser added 14 and Katelyn Edwards scored 10.

The two teams battled to a 9-9 draw at the 15:35 mark, but FHSU went on a 17-3 run to take control of the game. The Lady Tigers stretched their lead out to as much as 16 points in the first half and led 34-20 at intermission.

“They did a good job of staying with our shooters,” Gipson said. “They were physical when we were trying to cut and screen and get open. They made some shots early on.”

Fort Hays State went ahead by 24 points on two occasions in the second half, and Northeastern State never got within 15.

“They hit the three-point shot pretty well, “ Gipson said. “I don’t think has been a huge strength of theirs throughout most of the year. They were able to build a lead, and it was too much for us to dig out of.”

The RiverHawks finished in a tie for second in their inaugural MIAA campaign with a 14-4 league record and had a co-player of the year in Lewis.

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