Tigers and Gorillas Set for a Top 25 Meeting in Pittsburg Thursday

Fort Hays State women’s basketball begins a two-game road swing this week with a top 25 match up in Pittsburg, Kan. The No. 5 ranked Tigers take on No. 23 Pittsburg State at 5:30 pm on Thursday (Feb. 11) inside John Lance Arena. Fort Hays State enters at 20-2 overall, 14-2 in the MIAA, while Pittsburg State is 19-4 overall and 13-4 in the MIAA.

Fort Hays State enters Thursday on a four-game win streak. The Gorillas enter with an eight game win streak. FHSU is a half game out of first place in the MIAA standings, while PSU is two games back of the lead. The teams sit in second and third place respectively in the standings.

Fort Hays State is looking to snap a six-game losing streak to the Gorillas in Pittsburg. FHSU has not won inside John Lance Arena since the 2008-09 season. The Tigers lost by six points in Pittsburg last year in a battle of top 10-ranked teams, when FHSU was ranked No. 2 in the nation and PSU was No. 10.

The Tigers are looking to keep pace with Missouri Western in the MIAA standings. Both teams have two losses in conference play, but the Griffons have played one more game than the Tigers and have one more win.

Fort Hays State won the first meeting between the teams this year in Hays by a score of 77-57. FHSU has four players averaging double figures in scoring, led by Chelsea Mason at 12.9 points per game and Jill Faxon at 12.6 per game. Paige Lunsford and Beth Bohuslavsky are each averaging 11.3 per game. Bohuslavsky is coming off a career-high 27 points against Southwest Baptist this past Saturday. The Tigers reached the 20-win mark for the fifth consecutive season with their win last Saturday, which extended the school record for that feat.

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