SMSU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: SMSU women’s basketball unable to keep up with Fort Hays offense
FAYETTE, Iowa- Fort Hays State had three starters and five total players reach double-figures as FHSU defeated Southwest Minnesota State, 84-42 on Saturday afternoon in the Dorman Gymnasium on the campus of Upper Iowa University.
For a second straight game, the Mustangs struggled offensively, finishing the game with a 25 percent field goal percentage as a team. FHSU led 34-18 in points in the paint and 25-8 in points off turnovers for the game.
Sadie Stelter led the Mustangs in scoring with 11 points on 3 of 9 shooting. Erin Baxter went 4 of 15 from the field with 10 points for SMSU.
After attempting just seven three pointers in the season opener on Friday night, SMSU put up 23 shots from deep against Fort Hays State but connected on just four threes.
The Tigers on the other hand, connected on 10 of 26 three point attempts and finished the game shooting 43 percent as a unit.
Taylor Rolfs had a game-high 16 points for FHSU including four three pointers while Kacey Kennett had 15 points while shooting 3 of 6 from behind the arc.
The Mustangs struggled early on and could manage only five first half field goals as Fort Hays State went into halftime ahead, 45-15.
Despite the halftime deficit, SMSU came out better offensively in the second with a 6 of 12 shooting performance as a team in the third quarter including nine points on 4 of 4 shooting from Taylor Holicky.
The Mustangs were still unable to slow down the Fort Hays State offense as the Tigers increased their lead with 23 third-quarter points.
SMSU will now turn its attention to its home-opener next Saturday when the Mustangs host Waldorf (Iowa) beginning at 4 p.m.
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