The CSC women got their first win of the season, and their first loss, during a Texas road trip to begin their season.
The Eagles’ women won their first game of the regular season 55-51, Friday, in Laredo, Texas, against Texas A&M International, and received their first loss, Saturday, in Kingsville, Texas, against Texas A&M-Kingsville 37-61.
Kingsville had three double-digit scores in the game, Brynae Thompson, junior of Houston, with 13; Victoria Salinas, junior of Corpus Christi, with 11, and Danielle Meador, junior of Corpus Christi, with 10. As a group the Javelinas shot 35.1 percent and netted 38 points from Eagle turnovers.
The Javelinas jumped out to a 17-8 lead after the first period and outscored the Eagles in three of four. The Eagles managed to get the best of Kingsville in the second, scoring 10 to the Javelinas eight.
Trailing 25-18 heading into the third, the Eagles got as close as they’d get all evening on a jump shot from Rebecca Stevenson, senior of Lacey, Washington, to make the score 25-20 early, but Kingsville would hold them there while scoring 15 points of their own to double them up 40-20.
Chadron would manage just six points in the period.
The Eagles were led in scoring by Jessica Lovitt, junior of Mullen, with 12 points. Chadron shot just 28.3 percent. Mickenzie Brennan, senior of Ellsworth, led the team in rebounds, netting seven total, three on offense and four on defense.
“We didn’t find a way to score today like we needed to,” Chadron Head Coach Janet Raymer said to CSC Sports Information following the game.
“When you’re scoring under 40 points, it’s hard to win.”
The Eagles fared much better Friday, in Laredo, with a 55-51 win over the Dustdevils.
Chadron survived a seven-point third period, leading by just two points heading into the fourth. International managed to pull to just a 51-52 deficit with just over a minute remaining, but the Eagles sealed the win on a Stevenson three-pointer with 0:43 left.
Taryn Foxyn, sophomore of Aurora, Colorado, led the Eagles with 13 points in the contest, Stevenson had 11. The Eagles shot 40.4 percent.
International’s Tantashea Giger, senior of Lincoln, was the games leading scoring with 15 points. Teammate Jaden Gonzalez, junior of Plainview, Texas, was next best with 10.
The Eagles return home for their first Chicoine Center contest of the season, this Friday, to face Montana State-Billings. The Yellowjackets are coming off a 73-65 defeat of University of Providence in their debut game this season.
The Cougars, who play South Dakota School of Mines, Friday, defeated Ouachita Baptist 91-44 to begin their season, but fell to Henderson State, Saturday, 63-75.
Saturday, the Eagles will play host to Sioux Falls in Chadron’s last action until after Thanksgiving.
Prior to the season, Chadron received 42 votes and was ranked 14 of 16 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s preseason coaches poll.
Friday’s home game will include a CSC Student Athlete Advisory Committee sponsored canned food drive. Attendees can bring two non-perishable canned food items to gain admission to the game.