SD teams slow Eagle women’s offense

After winning their final home game last weekend, CSC women’s basketball fell to Black Hills State University 72-56, Friday, and South Dakota School of Mines 45-60, Saturday. The Eagles drop to 4-17 overall and 3-12 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

Friday, The Eagles led 11-9 with 30 seconds remaining in the first quarter, but had a series of turnovers which allowed the Yellow Jackets to maintain their lead.

“Rough weekend. We haven’t impressed on the road this season, and it is well known in the RMAC,” Head Coach Janet Raymer said.

The Eagles had better accuracy than the Yellow Jackets, shooting 40 percent to Black Hills’ 36. But the Yellow Jackets capitalized on CSC’s mistakes, scoring 23 points on turnovers. They added 24 points on 32 tries from the free throw line and hit eight 3-pointers. 

BHSU senior Julia Seamans, of Gillette, Wyoming, led all scorers with 14 points, scoring the majority with four 3-pointers. Teammate Katie Messler, a sophomore from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, led all players with nine rebounds, though CSC got the better of the Yellow Jackets out-rebounding them 11-9 in the offensive zone and 30-23 in the defensive zone. The Eagles’ McKenna McClintic, junior of Burwell, led CSC with eight rebounds. 

CSC’s Jessica Harvey, sophomore of Morrill, scored a team-leading 11 points. McClintic was close behind with eight.

Saturday, the Eagles’ struggles continued against South Dakota School of Mines. Taylor Molstad, senior of Rapid City, South Dakota, and Sami Steffeck, junior of Fort Collins, Colorado, scored 15 and 14 points respectively leading the Hardrockers against CSC.

With 6:20 remaining in the second quarter, CSC’s Harvey hit a 3-pointer to give the Eagles’ an 18-15 lead, but it was the last time Chadron led as the Hardrockers scored the next seven points, going ahead 22-18.

CSC shot just 22.2 percent to the Hardrockers 40.9. 

Harvey was CSC’s highest scorer with 11 points. Jori Peters, freshman of Mitchell, scored nine. 

The Eagles face Colorado School of Mines and University of Colorado-Colorado Spring Friday and Saturday respectively. Both games are scheduled for 6 p.m. 

Currently ranked fifth in the RMAC, Colorado School of Mines is 9-6 and suffered a 76-73 defeat to Chadron Jan. 26. UCCS is also 9-6 and sits seventh in the RMAC. 

“We are focused on the games ahead. We should be ready to go by the end of the week. We have a chance to win this weekend,” Coach Raymer said.

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