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January 4, 2013

NSU thwarts the Fort

RiverHawk teams slow down Fort Hays State in MIAA sweep.

The Northeastern State women’s basketball team used arguably its best defensive performance of the season to post a 54-44 upset victory over No. 10 Fort Hays State Thursday night at Jack Dobbins Field House.

The RiverHawks (7-4, 2-1 MIAA) handed the Tigers (10-1, 2-1 MIAA) their first loss of the season, while holding the visitors to season lows in both points scored and shooting percentage (29 percent).

“I’m really proud of the effort of our kids. We were tuned in defensively and we played hard,” NSU coach Randy Gipson said. “Fort Hays State made it hard for us to run our offense, but I thought we hung in there and made just enough key shots.”

None were bigger than Taylor Lewis’ and Tosha Tyler’s with a little less than five minutes to play.

Northeastern State never trailed after the Tigers scored the opening basket, and the home team even held an 11-point lead at one point in the second half.

The Tigers were on an 8-0 run and down just three, but Lewis buried a shot from behind the arc at 5:16, and Tyler swished another trey on the next possession to push the lead back to nine. FHSU would get no closer than seven points the rest of the way.

The senior guard duo of Tyler and Lewis combined for 36 points and nine rebounds.

“We’ve put in a lot of hard work in our practices lately, and it’s really rewarding to see all that hard work pay off,” Tyler said. “Taylor and I were getting some open looks, and we were able to knock them down.”

Kate Lehman entered the game as the nation’s leading shot blocker and the second-leading scorer in the conference. NSU held her to a season-low seven points and two blocks. Katelyn Edwards led the visitors with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

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