UNK Shoots 68% in the First Half |
Reserves Traci Keyser and Tera Ingalsbe combined to score 37 points to help Fort Hays State pull away from Nebraska-Kearney, 87-63, Saturday afternoon in Kansas.
Hays (16-5, 8-5) has now won four straight over the Lopers (6-14, 3-10).
A 5-10 senior forward from Cambridge, Keyser went 8 of 15 from the floor (5 of 10 threes) to score a game-high 24 points in just 24 minutes. Scoring 12 in each half, Keyser came in averaging only 5.5 points per game.
Not to be out done, Ingalsbe, a 6-0 junior forward, made 5 of 8 shots to finish with 13 points in 22 rebounds. Like Keyser, she also pulled down five rebounds.
Besides this pair, Hays got seven blocks and a double double from 6-4 sophomore center Kate Lehman (15 points & 10 rebounds).
UNK shot 68% (17 of 25) from the floor in the first half but went into the locker room down 47-38. The culprit was 12 turnovers and a plus six rebounding margin for the Tigers.
Kearney cooled off considerably in the final 20 minutes --- making 9 of 28 shots (32.1%) – as Hays opened the half on a 15-7 run.
Four Lopers scored in double digits, led by sophomore posts Melissa Norman (15) and Queen Ohamara (11). The pair combined to go 11 of 19 from the floor while also grabbing nine boards.
On the perimeter, senior point Ivy Jones (Vallejo, Calif.) shook off the injury bug to have 10 points, eight assists and five rebounds.
The two teams meet again next Saturday. In between, Hays makes at visit to NW Missouri State.