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Tiger women win, men lose at UNK

By The Hays Daily News

KEARNEY, Neb. - Junior center Kate Lehman scored a career-high 33 points and the Fort Hays State University women's basketball team, ranked No. 25 in the NCAA Division II poll, rolled to an 85-67 victory at rival University of Nebraska-Kearney. Lehman, who also had 13 rebounds and nine blocks, finished one block away from her second career triple-double. Lehman finished two points away from a tie for ninth place on the Tiger single-game scoring record.

Fort Hays won its third straight contest and moved into fourth in the MIAA at 15-4, 9-4 MIAA. UNK dropped to 7-13, 3-10 MIAA. Sophomore guard Taylor Chandler returned after she missed four contests with a knee injury. Sophomore guard Beth Bohuslavsky and senior Katelyn Edwards each suffered knee injuries in the game. Bohuslavsky returned and finished with 10 points and a team-high seven assists. Sophomore Chelsea Mason had 19 points.

Edwards didn't return after she scored no points and grabbed five rebounds in 12 first-half minutes. Laramey Lewis paced the Lopers with 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Amarah Williams had 18 points.

FHSU men see 10-game winning streak end

The Fort Hays men, ranked No. 23 nationally, saw their 10-game winning streak end with a 90-83 road loss to the Lopers. UNK won its fifth straight contest and earned a home sweep of Washburn University, Emporia State University and the Tigers in the last week. Fort Hays is 18-4, 9-4 MIAA. UNK stands at 10-10 overall, 6-7 MIAA. Fort Hays lost to the Lopers for the first time in the last eight meetings. The contest was tied at 14 before UNK went on a 19-5 run. Ethan Brozek, eligible at midseason, finished with 24 points, and Connor Beranek had 23.

Tiger leading scorers Dwayne Brunson and Craig Nicholson each struggled in the first half. Brunson had foul trouble, while Nicholson didn't score before the half. Nicholson finished with 14, while Brunson had 10. Both FHSU teams will be at Emporia State University on Saturday afternoon. Start time is 3:30 p.m. for the women, and 5:30 for the men.