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RiverHawks host Fort Hays State in MIAA play

Published 2/8/18

The Series 
Northeastern State is 2-9 when facing Fort Hays State with their two wins coming at home.  The RiverHawks have lost eight straight to the Tigers after winning two of the first three meetings.  Both teams have faced each other in the MIAA Tournament twice (2013, 2015).

The Coaches
Fala Bullock is in her first season as head coach and was named to lead her alma mater on April 1, 2017 to replace Randy Gipson who retired after 18 years.  With six years of head coaching experience, Bullock is 107-85 overall and within conference play she is 66-61.  She has spent the last four seasons (2013-17) as head coach at NCAA Division II Armstrong State University, where she recorded a career mark of 60-52.  In her first season at Armstrong State, she led the Pirates to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in program history, and reached the Sweet 16. 

Bullock played for Gipson for two seasons, and was a graduate assistant under Gipson from 2004 to 2006.  As student-athlete, Bullock played in 57 games and NSU went 36-19, winning the 2003 Lone Star Conference Tournament, and made the program's first NCAA Tournament berth.   As a member of Gipson's coaching staff, NSU reached the Sweet 16 in 2004, and qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2005 and 2006.

Tony Hobson (196-89) is in his 10th season as head coach of the Fort Hays State women's basketball program and is in his 26th year overall as a head coach with a 609-195 record.  Entering the 2017-18 season, Hobson is ranked 12th in win percentage among active coaches in NCAA Division II with a four-year college win percentage of .757 (390-125).  The Tigers have had six-consecutive 20-win seasons, which is the longest streak in its program's history.

Last Time Out for NSU 
Northeastern State could not sustain a fast start to the second half and fell 69-53 at No. 6 Central Missouri on Saturday afternoon.  Cailyn Long and Lauren Woods both paced the RiverHawks (9-11, 5-8 MIAA) who dropped their third contest in a row.   Bailee Eldred was NSU's next highest scorer on Saturday with nine points; Long had 12 of her points at the arc with the RiverHawks 7-for-20 as a squad.  Free throws aided the Jennies in the third quarter run and they were sent to the line 15 times, while shooting 3-for-17 from the field.  The RiverHawks were called for eight more fouls with 20 and were at the line seven times on Saturday.

Last Time Out for Fort Hays State
The Fort Hays State women's basketball team bounced back from a slow start with a dominating second quarter en route to a 66-47 victory over Washburn Saturday afternoon at home. The Tigers limited WU to just three points and one field goal in the second quarter, their fewest allowed in a period this season.

The Streak
From Jan. 27 through Feb. 3, Lauryn Blevins made 15 straight baskets for the RiverHawks which was two short of matching a MIAA record that was last accomplished in 2003.  In the Feb. 1 contest at Southwest Baptist, Blevins went 12-for-12 with 26 points scored, which was two short of matching her career high.  Blevins made her final two shots on Jan. 27 at home against Pitt State and then her first on Saturday at Central Missouri.

Coming Up
The RiverHawks will remain at home to host Nebraska-Kearney on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

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