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March 7, 2014

Fort Hays State ousts MSSU women

As expected, Fort Hays State’s center played a big role for the Tigers.

But unexpectedly, it was 6-foot-1 senior Tera Ingalsbe, not 6-4 junior Kate Lehman.

Ingalsbee nailed three treys in as many attempts as the Tigers upended fourth-seeded Missouri Southern 78-57 Thursday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the MIAA Postseason Tournament at Municipal Auditorium.

Ingalsbee — 11-of-50 from the arc for the season — made two just more than a minute apart in the first half, and her third trey came eight minutes into the second half after the Lions had cut a 15-point deficit to 11. Ingalsbe gave a fist pump after her first two 3s, and perhaps bumping a teammate after her third bucket prevented another one.

“I’ve been struggling from the perimeter for the last three games,” said Ingalsbe, who scored 14 points. “It just felt good to have it back.”

“We knew that they could shoot the ball well at certain spots,” Lions coach Ronda Hubbard said. “I really felt like Tera Ingalsbe was a difference maker for them. She really hit big shots at big times. We worked hard to chip away and get ourselves back in the game. … They have a lot of key players, and she is probably not considered one of them. She really stepped up today and got the job done for them.”

For the season the Tigers averaged 5.1 treys and shot 29 percent, and they were 3-for-12 in a 76-71 loss two months ago at Missouri Southern. But this time the Tigers sank 8-of-19 treys, and Chelsea Mason, the team’s best 3-point shooter, was just 1-for-7.

“When we have more than just Chelsea putting them in, it’s going to be a good day,” Ingalsbe said.

“That’s not our forte. Let’s put it that way,” Tigers coach Tony Hobson said. “Usually if we shoot 8-for-19, Mason is 5-for-8. When Taylor (Chandler) hits a couple, and Beth (Bohuslavsky) doesn’t shoot a bad percentage … she doesn’t take very many of them. And there’s not a lot of post players in the conference who are going to go 3-for-3 from the 3-point line. Tera has been struggling a little for her from the perimeter, so it was good to see her get three.”

Bohuslavsky, sophomore guard led Fort Hays State (21-7) with 15 points. Lehman collected 13 points, five rebounds and six blocked shots, and Mason had 11 points.

Dominique Mosley led the Lions (19-8) with 13 points, and guards Alexis Fitzpatrick and Nicole Hartzog added 11 and 10, respectively. Sharese Jones had eight rebounds and eight points.

Mosley picked up two fouls in the first seven seconds after she entered the game and played only four minutes in the first half. She played 13 minutes in the second half when she scored 11 of her 13 points.

“I guess it was just with all the excitement and knowing Lehman is a good player and me wanting to stop her, I came in overly aggressive,” Mosley said. “That’s where my flaws came in.”

Fitzpatrick hurt her right shoulder battling for a loose ball late in the first half and played with it wrapped in the second half.

“I went in to reach for a loose ball,” Fitzpatrick said. “I reached in and it got pulled back, but that’s irrelevant. I was more mad if I couldn’t finish.”

The Tigers held Missouri Southern 15 points below its season scoring average. The Lions’ 18 field goals  and 33 percent shooting matched their season lows.”

“I thought we got a good defensive effort from just about everybody,” Hobson said.  “We had one stretch in the second half where we gave back some points when we had a nice lead. But other than that, we pretty controlled their offense for the most part, and we rebounded the ball well (40-36 advantage). That’s usually a key for us, and then if you get a few shots to go in like we did today, we can sometimes stretch it out.”

“I have to give a lot of kudos to Tony and his staff,” Hubbard said. “They are not a team that normally doubles in the post. That is something that caught us off guard a little bit. … I really thought their scheme paid pretty big dividends for them. Our posts obviously did not shoot the ball very well (a combined 6-for-20).

“The other thing is in doing that, we were not able to find the open person on the backside. Along with that, they were switching every perimeter screen. Basically their defense really made us uncomfortable offensively, and we really had a tough time. We were out of sync for 40 minutes. I did never feel like within the game that anything came easy for us. And that is a tribute to their defense’s performance.”

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