The Chadron State women’s basketball team played its first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game last Saturday against Denver’s Metro State Roadrunners, but fell just short of the win in the 64-61 overtime game.
“We’re disappointed in the loss,” CSC Head Coach Janet Raymer said, “but at the same time we did so many things so much better and we improved.
“It’s a hard one for us because we really wanted that win and I felt like we almost deserved it but we didn’t earn it. It’s difficult but they’re not going to hang their heads over this one.”
Energy was high in the Chicoine Center as the Eagles battled to a tense end with the Roadrunners.
Despite outscoring MSU 15-13 in the final frame, Chadron was unable to hold off the Roadrunners who tied the game at 58 with 24 seconds remaining.
Freshman Jori Peters, of Mitchell, missed on a go-ahead layup with :12 remaining and neither team scored as regulation ended.
Late in the third quarter the Eagles began to pick up steam offensively, but despite increased scoring, couldn’t manage to gain a significant lead.
As regulation ended the Eagles’ offense stalled and the team was unable to find their offensive touch in overtime.
Chadron State would go on to score just three points to the Roadrunner’s six during overtime.
“We struggled inside a little bit, especially late in the game,” Raymer said, speaking of her team’s fundamentals. “We just kind of got out of a rhythm.
“We had Lovitt playing down there early, she got hurt kind of early in the game and was able to play some through it, but she struggled.”
Turnovers played a large role in the Roadrunners’ win. Metro State scored 21 points on Eagles turnovers, while CSC only managed seven.
Peters led the Eagles in rebounds for the night, and was the third-leading scorer.
“Jori’s been asked to step into a leadership role very early and whether she was ready for it or not we kind of threw her into it.
“She’s responding very well and I see a huge growth in her every night that we play,” Raymer said.
Taryn Foxen, sophomore of Aurora, Colorado, led the team in points with 12. Mckenna McClintic, redshirt junior of Burwell, trailed closely with 11.
Foxen, who fouled out in overtime was missed.
“Taryn’s a scorer for us,” Raymer said, “she has that mentality to get to the rim and we really missed her.”
The Eagles will play Colorado Christian University at Lakewood, Colorado, Friday.