Women’s team starts season 2-0 against Texas opponents

The Chadron State women’s basketball team was victorious at home for their season opening games this weekend. The Eagles defeated the Texas A&M International, Laredo, Texas, Dustdevils on Friday 63-56. The Eagles also came out on top against the Texas A&M-Kingsville Javelinas in a close 57-56 win.
Sophomore Jessica Lovitt, of Mullen, led the team with rebounds, grabbing 10 of the 49 rebounds during Friday’s game. Dustdevils Tantashea Giger, junior of Lincoln, and Julia Hanni, junior of Uppsala, Sweden, led the Dustdevils with four rebounds each, two offensive and two defensive. The Dustdevils grabbed 37 rebounds throughout the night.
The Eagles made 10 of their 37 attempted shots in the first half against the Dustdevils, good for 27 percent from the field.
Senior Kalli Feddersen of Rawlins, Wyoming, scored 6 on 14 attempted shots, leading the team with 16 points.
The Eagles were 36 percent for shots Friday night and 70 percent from the free throw line. Jessica Harvey, freshman of Morrill, was perfect from the free throw line. The Dustdevils scored on 32.8 percent of their shots, with Giger leading all players with 21 points.
The Eagles trailed at the end of the first quarter by four. They kept up with the Dustdevils in the second quarter, behind by four at the end of the first half, 26-22.
After halftime, the Eagles came out strong and took the lead after the third quarter, scoring 15 points to the Dustdevils eight. The fourth quarter solidified the win, with the Eagles outscoring the Dustdevils, 26-22, and ending the game with a 63-56 final score.
Using the momentum from Friday night, the Eagles came out strong on Saturday against the Javelinas. The Eagles had an overall 36.2 shooting percentage to the Javelinas 35. Junior Keeley Pearce, of Adelaide, Australia, led the team with 18 points.
The Eagles turned over the ball 25 times on Saturday night, while the Javelina’s turned the ball over 19 times. Victoria Salinas, sophomore of Corpus Christi, Texas, led the team with a shooting percentage of 44 and only one turnover.
The Javelinas were in the lead after the first half, going into the locker room with a score of 30-26. The Eagles came back in the second half and won the game with a free throw made by junior Savannah Weidaur, of Pleasant Grove, Utah.
“She (Weidaur) is a big force inside and we expect her to continue to grow and be a big threat in there and demand the ball.” Head Coach Janet Raymer said.
The Eagles are on the road this weekend in Billings, Montana, to take on Concordia University-Portland Thursday at 5 p.m. and Montana State University-Billings, Saturday at 7 p.m.
CSC will return home next week, playing in-state rival, the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Tuesday, at 5:30 p.m.

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