Fort Hays State is in the midst of a remarkable win streak. The Tigers won their 15th consecutive game on Saturday, rolling to a 71-41 win over Northeastern State in Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action.
The Tigers’s win streak is the longest in more than 20 years and it’s the second longest in program history. The 1990-91 NAIA national championship team put together a 23-game win streak that extended into the 1991-92 season.
Kate Lehman helped pave the way in the latest victory, coming through with her fifth consecutive double-double. She scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Tigers improved to 16-1 overall and 9-0 in the MIAA.
Lehman also pushed her career rebounding total to 949 and is 12 shy of tying the record for most rebounds in program history.
Chelsea Mason played a pivotal role in the win as well, scoring 18 points. She hit two 3-pointers in the victory.
Lehman and Mason have been a formidable one-two punch for the Tigers. Lehman is averaging 20.8 points per game and is grabbing 10.4 rebounds per game. Her ability to shine on the defensive end of the floor is impressive as well. Lehman as blocked 79 shots this year.
Mason is second on the team in scoring, averaging 13.5 ppg, and she has drilled a team-best 41 3-pointers. She has also dished out 23 assists and steals for the Tigers, who average 79.6 points per outing and allow 54.5.
Fort Hays State has scored 80 or more points six times during the streak, reaching the century mark twice. The streak began with a 120-39 win over McPherson College on Nov. 17th.
Mitchell shines again
Michelle Mitchell lit up the scoreboard for 25 points and helped Columbus State edge GRU Augusta 66-60 on Saturday afternoon.
Mitchell scored 20 or more points for the fifth consecutive game and the eighth time overall this season. Her effort helped the Cougars improve to 16-1 overall and 7-1 in the Peach Belt Conference. Mitchell is averaging 18.9 ppg and grabbing 6.4 rebounds per game.
The play of Ashley Asouzu and Carrie Washington wasn’t bad either. The duo both recorded double-doubles in the same game for the third time this season. Asouzu scored 11 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while Washington came through with 16 points and 16 rebounds.
The Cougars, who average 75.9 ppg and allow 59.9, have won their last two games.
Eight in a row
Seattle Pacific stretched its win streak to eight games on Saturday with a 67-52 win over Central Washington. The Falcons are now 14-1 overall and 6-1 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. The Falcons are off to their best start since the 2007-08 team won its first 29 games before falling in the Sweet 16.
Suzanna Ohlsen, Aubree Callen and Maddey Pflaumer led the way as they combined for 47 points.
Ohlsen scored 17 points, hitting three 3-pointers along the way, while Callen came through with 16 points. She hit two shots from the outside. Pflaumer added 14 points for the Falcons, who shot 54.2 percent from the field as a team.
Ohlsen, Callen and Pflaumer are the top three scorers on the team. Ohlsen is averaging 16.7 points per outing while Callen is putting up 14.2 ppg. Pflaumer averages 12.3 ppg.
Sharing the ball
Colorado Mesa played well as a team in its 73-45 win over Western State on Saturday in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference action.
The Mavericks tallied assists on 18 of the 19 shots they made in the win. They have racked up 227 assists on the season. The Mavericks also got the job done on defense as they scored 21 points off 24 turnovers by the Mountaineers.
Erin Reichle led the way for Mesa, lighting up the scoreboard for 25 points. She hit four 3-pointers and dished out five assists. Reichle has dished out 60 assists on the year.
The Mavericks scored 28 of their points from the free-throw line. They attempted 37 shots from the line in a game where the two teams combined for 49 fouls.
With the win, Mesa is 12-3 overall and 9-2 in the conference.
Cedarville remained perfect in Great Midwest Athletic Conference play after a 69-59 win over Trevecca Nazarene on Saturday.
The Yellow Jackets opened the game on a 17-2 run and never looked back as they improved to 15-2 overall and 6-0 in the conference. Cedarville has won five consecutive games.
Kaysie Brittenham led the way with 16 points, her first double-digit effort in a month, and Kayla Linkous scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. The double-double was the third in a row for Linkous.
Raegan Ryan added 12 points. She also tallied seven rebounds and five assists. Ryan leads the team in scoring, averaging 18.8 points per outing.