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1/11/2014

By CONOR NICHOLL

By CONOR NICHOLL

cnicholl@dailynews.net

Sometimes the Fort Hays State University women's basketball team will take a big early lead, and coach Tony Hobson believes the opponent will eventually make a surge and close the Tiger gap. On Saturday, FHSU faced a depleted Lincoln (Mo.) University squad, scored the first six points and opened a 25-8 advantage. Hobson thought the Blue Tigers wouldn't close the deficit.

"I didn't see it happening tonight," Hobson said. "They are suffering a couple of injuries and missing a couple of kids, and they just didn't look like they had much energy."

FHSU led by 36 at halftime and collected a 98-54 victory on Saturday at Gross Memorial Coliseum. It marked the second-most points and second biggest margin of victory in a MIAA game in school history.

"We had a nice crowd," Hobson said. "I think our kids are a little leg-weary, but they are still excited about playing. We've got good depth. We hit them hard to begin with and then our second (group) hit them again, and it was over."

On Thursday, Fort Hays set the record with a 99-point effort versus Lindenwood (Mo.) University.

"I haven't been surprised, because all of the girls are capable of scoring all those points," freshman Jill Faxon said. "We have to be patient and work it around to get those good shots."

Last year, the Tigers beat University of Central Missouri 95-50 for the largest margin. Fort Hays has scored 93, 99 and 98 points in three victories in the last six days.

"We have got off to some awful good starts in the last three games," Hobson said.

Fort Hays, receiving votes nationally, moved to 11-2, 5-2 MIAA, while Lincoln dropped to 3-11, 0-7 MIAA.

"It's pretty good knowing that we came out playing to our level and not going down to their level," Faxon said. "That's really important - when we play later on games that we still come out with that same intensity."

Three players scored in double figures, including a game-high 25 from sophomore Chelsea Mason. Mason has four 20-point contests in her last five games, including 25 in back-to-back contests.

"We just feed off of each other and when Chelsea is hitting, I feel like it just gets everyone pumped up and everyone starts making shots," Faxon said. "Tonight, we were kicking out to girls more than usual."

Junior Kate Lehman saw her double-double streak end at nine with nine points, 11 rebounds and six blocks. FHSU held a 50-27 edge on the glass, including 32-9 at halftime.

"I thought we kept it pretty clean as far as just executing," Hobson said. "That's what happens when you've got a good bench. They take advantage of that and try to get better. Those games are hard to play in after you get up by 20 right away. It's hard to maintain that intensity."

Fort Hays will have a three-day, two-city road trip that starts next Thursday at University of Central Oklahoma.

Women

Fort Hays 98, Lincoln 54

LINCOLN (3-11, 0-7)

Hunter Yoakum 6-17 2-2 18, Jennifer Rosado 4-14 2-4 10, Griffin 0-2 2-2 2, Frazier 1-1 0-0 2, Price 1-6 0-0 2, Wright 4-5 0-2 8, Barrett 3-8 0-0 6, Wharton 1-3 2-2 4, Nesling 0-2 2-2 2. Totals --  20-58 10-14 54.

FORT HAYS (11-2, 5-2)

Chelsea mason 6-14 9-10 25, Katelyn Edwards 3-4 10-12 16, Taylor Chandlor 4-8 1-2 10, Lehman 4-11 1-1 9, Bohuslavsky 2-5 0-0 6, Faxon 4-10 0-0 8, Kacperska 2-4 0-0 6, Palmer 2-2 0-0 6, Shaw 2-2 0-0 4, Ingalsbe 2-4 0-0 4, Lunsford 0-4 3-4 3, Ulrich 0-0 1-2 1. Totals -- 31-68 25-31 98.

Lincoln 18 36 -- 54

Fort Hays 54 44 -- 98

3-point goals -- LU 4-14 (Yoakum 4-9, Rosado 0-2, Price 0-2, Nessling 0-1); FH 11-21 (Mason 4-6, Chandler 1-3, Bohuslavsky 2-2, Faxon 0-5, Kacperska 2-2, Palmer 2-2, Lunsford 0-1). Assists -- LU 10 (Rosado 3); FH 23 (Bohuslavsky 4, Faxon 4). Steals -- LU 7 (Rosado 2); FH 9 (Edwards 2, Kacperska 2). Blocks -- LU 2 (Price 1, Barrett 1); FH 11 (Lehman 6). Total fouls -- LU 20, FH 15. Fouled out -- Frazier, LU.

Rebounds -- LU 27 (Barrett 5); FH 50 (Lehman 11, Edwards 7). Turnovers --  LU 15, FH 13. A --  1,536.