Women’s basketball team sits 11th in RMAC
The Chadron State women’s basketball team suffered a loss against Colorado State University-Pueblo, 77-54, Friday, but were able to jump to the 11th spot in the RMAC with a win over New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, 77-71, Saturday.
No. 4 CSU-P (21-0, 15-0 RMAC) dominated from the opening tip, outscoring the Eagles 47-21 in the first half.
The ThunderWolves shot more than 45 percent from the field, and 50 percent from behind the 3-point line. Four ThunderWolves finished with double-digits in the scoring column. Jaszymn Johnson, senior of Denver, led all players with 17 points.
Katie Cunningham, junior of Aurora, Colorado, earned RMAC Defensive Player of the Week with 10 points and 14 rebounds. She recorded 10 more boards the next night in Denver against Regis University.
CSC managed to hold five-time conference player of the week Molly Rohrer, sophomore of Greenwood Village, Colorado, to just 13 points and a lone rebound. She averages more than 15 points and nearly six rebounds per game.
The duo of Kalli Feddersen, junior of Rawlins, Wyoming, and Kylah Collins, freshman of Waukegan, Illinois, once again led the Eagles. Feddersen recorded 15 points and eight rebounds, while Collins added 15 and four.
The Eagles cashed in on just 5 of 32 3-point shots.
The silver lining: CSC played again the next night. The difference was night and day.
Tied at 27 after the first half, neither team led by more than six points in the second half.
With three seconds remaining in the fourth quarter Jacinda Woodruff, senior of El Paso, Texas, nailed a 3-pointer to tie the game at 65, forcing an extra five minutes.
“I think that last game’s win was really good for our confidence because we were trailing the whole game and ended up winning in overtime, basically proving we could come back,” Feddersen said. “We knew we didn’t play our best game of basketball against them either which was also good knowing we got a win and still have things to work on.”
The Eagles jumped on every opportunity in overtime, and found themselves on top by 10 points with just over a minute remaining. They were able to coast out the final 60 seconds and earn their sixth win of the season.
Four Eagles lit up the scoreboard.
Leticia Rodriguez, junior of Chaparral, New Mexico, led the way with 16 points. Feddersen and Collins were right behind her with 15 and 14, respectively. Erin Graham, senior of DeLand, Florida, added 11.
Feddersen also pulled down 13 rebounds, enough to earn her fourth double-double of the season. She was also named RMAC Offensive Player of the Week.
Keeley Pearce, sophomore of Adelaide, Australia, chipped in with nine points, four rebounds, three steals, and a pair of blocked shots. She only averaged two points per game prior to Saturday.
The Eagles are back at home Friday and Saturday, playing Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, and Colorado School of Mines, Golden, respectively. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. both days.
Feddersen said that the team still needs to focus on defense and stopping the ball in transition.
Both CCU and CSM are ahead of the Eagles in the RMAC standings. With about a month left in the regular season, both are crucial for CSC to stay in postseason contention. CCU is just one spot ahead of the Eagles with an 8-12 overall record, 6-9 RMAC. Mines is at the seventh spot with a 13-11 overall record, 9-6 in the conference.
“These teams are really talented, just like any team in the RMAC,” Feddersen said. “So our challenge is going to be playing tough ‘D’ for the whole game, not just a couple quarters. We are going to have to execute our offense and work together.”