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    Fort Hays sweeps South Dakota Mines

    A stifling defensive effort and strong scoring performance in the second half helped the No. 17 Fort Hays State women's basketball team win its 16th consecutive game and knock off South Dakota Mines, 71-37, on Thursday evening at Gross Memorial Coliseum.
     
    Within three (27-24) at the three-minute mark of the first half, Fort Hays State used a 31-5 over the next 13 minutes to pull away from the Hardrockers and close out the non-conference portion of its schedule with a win.
     
    FHSU (17-1, 9-0 MIAA) shot 37.7 percent from the field in the game, hitting 7-of-15 three-pointers (including 4-of-6 in the first half).
     
    The Tigers opened the game with a 10-2 run in the first five minutes and looked to be on its way to another non-conference blowout after taking a 21-8 lead at 10:47, but would find themselves in a battle.  Just inside six minutes to go (with FHSU ahead, 25-13), a three-pointer from SD Mines' Alexis Long sparked the Hardrockers to an 11-2 run that lasted 3:15 and closed the deficit to three (27-24).
     
    Jill Faxon, however, end the Hardrockers' run with back-to-back three-pointers to start a 12-1 burst for FHSU - helping the Tigers take a 39-25 lead into the break.
     
    That hot play continued in the second, when FHSU outscored SD Mines, 19-4, in the first 10 minutes of the second half, closing the spurt with 15 unanswered while holding the Hardrockers scoreless for over eight minutes.
     
    FHSU's defense was suffocating for a majority of the second half, as SD Mines was held without a field goal for over 10 minutes (17:37 to 7:31).
     
    Individually, Kate Lehman recorded her sixth consecutive double-double and tied the school's career rebounding record in the game.  Lehman led the team with 18 points and 12 rebounds on the night, adding five blocks in the win.  She now has 961 rebounds for her career, tied with Annette Wiles for No. 1 all-time in FHSU history.
     
    Faxon found her way to double-digits for the first time since scoring 11 against Tabor on Nov. 29.  Faxon hit 5-of-10 from the field and 4-of-5 three-point attempts.
     
    Beth Bohuslavsky finished with nine points (all scored in the first half) while adding four assists (a team-high), while Keriann Shaw was once again efficient in 26 minutes, grabbing eight rebounds and scoring five points.

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