Tigers defeat Washburn, 74-67, on Senior Night; finish regular season undefeated at home

No. 5 Fort Hays State University celebrated Senior Night with another rivalry win, taking down Washburn, 74-67, on Wednesday at Gross Memorial Coliseum.FHSU (23-1, 15-1 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) closed out the home portion of its schedule with a perfect 16-0 mark, achieving the undefeated home record for the first time under head coach Tony Hobson.

Down one (9-8) inside 15 minutes to go in the first, FHSU ran off three runs of five or more over the next seven minutes, outscoring the Ichabods 18-5 in that span with bursts of seven, six and five unanswered to lead, 26-14 with 7:11 to go in the half.

After WU cut the lead to seven (28-21) near the four-minute mark, six straight free throws for FHSU pushed the advantage back to double-digits, where it stayed until the final minute of the half, when the Ichabods closed the gap to nine (34-25) at the pause.

Relatively even through the first four minutes of the second half, a Keriann Shaw jumper at 15:34 put FHSU’s lead at 10 (41-31) and started final burst of the night – a flurry of 11 unanswered that put the Tigers ahead, 52-33, with 12:39 on the clock.

WU, however, did not go away and outscored FHSU 19-8 (including a 9-0 run) over the next six minutes to bring the deficit to eight with 6:45 left in the game. Four straight free throws from Lehman again pushed the lead to 12 (64-52) in the next minute, but another rally for the Ichabods (7-0) saw the lead shrink to five with 3:42 to play.

Soon after, a three-pointer from the Ichabods’ Erika Lane made it a two-possession game (66-62) with 2:39 to play, but Faxon answered with a jumper on the opposite end to keep the Tigers in control. Another Ichabod three-pointer with 1:03 to go again kept things closed, but a jumper from Shaw and two free throws from Beth Bohuslavsky iced the game for the Tigers.

FHSU shot 88.9 percent from the free throw line, hitting a season high 32 of its 36 attempts after starting a perfect 16-of-16 from the stripe. In the field, FHSU hit 41.7 percent of its attempts, though the team hit just two three-pointers in the game (tying a season-low).

Bohuslavsky had a career night, finishing with 25 points (a career-high) and seven rebounds, leading the team in points and rebounds for the first time this season. 14 of Bohuslavsky’s points came on free throws (also a career-high), as the junior was perfect from the charity stripe to go with a 5-of-8 effort from the field.

Joining her in double-digits were Jill Faxon and Kate Lehman, who each had 16. Lehman was also perfect from the free throw line, hitting 12 (a career-high) to go with six blocks and five rebounds. Faxon was second on the team with six rebounds.

Keriann Shaw just missed the 10-point threshold, hitting 4-of-6 from the field and finishing with nine tallies and five rebounds.

For the Ichabods, Taylor Ignoto led the team with 24 points while Honor Duvall added 16. Casyn Buchman had eight rebounds and nine points.

Lehman, Shaw, Christine Russell and Jenna Ulrich were honored pregame for their contributions to the FHSU program as part of Senior Night.

The Tigers close out the regular season with a three-game road trip, beginning Saturday at Nebraska-Kearney.

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