By: Zach Carattini, CSC Sports Information
The Chadron State College women's basketball team (5-7,4-3 RMAC) was dropped 87-41 Friday night by Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference foe Colorado School of Mines (11-1, 6-0 RMAC).
The loss on New Year's Eve extended the Eagles' losing streak to seven on the road this season. They were outmatched on both sides of the ball in Golden against the nationally ranked Orediggers, whose only loss so far this season came to #10 Nebraska Kearney (10-1, 5-0 MIAA).
The biggest factor in Friday's loss was poor shooting. The Eagles shot 27.5% from the field (14-51), 16.7% on three-pointers (2-12), and 52.4% on free throws (11-21). In comparison, the Orediggers shot 42.9% on field goals (33-77), 34.8% on three-pointers (8-23), and 65.0% on free throws (13-20).
The score at the end of the first quarter was 12-11 Orediggers. Junior transfer Olyvia Pacheco landed a three-pointer and Ashayla Powers put up back-to-back lay ups to keep the score close heading into the second quarter.
The Orediggers' offense exploded for 32 points in the second quarter while holding the Eagles to only seven points, which came from two lay ups and three free throws. Mines' Quincey Baum landed two deep three-pointers while three other Orediggers each landed a trey to extend the lead to 44-18 at the end of the first half.
The Eagles were able to improve their overall scoring in the second half but simply could not keep up with Mines' heavy attack on offense and defense. Pacheco put away another three-pointer in the third quarter, making her the only Eagle to have a three-pointer in the game. Colorado Mines scored 43 second-half points compared to the Eagles' 23 points to close the game.
The Eagles will head to Denver on New Year's Day to take on the Regis Rangers (7-5, 3-3 RMAC), who lost 78-70 to Colorado Mines at the end of November.
Chadron State— Ashayla Powers 9, Olyvia Pacheco 8, Brittni McCully 8, Samiyah Worrell 5, Riley Aiono 5 Jori Peters 2, Micheala Dammann 2, Tatum Peterson 2. Totals: 14-51 (2-12) 11-21, 41 points, 30 rebounds, 13 assists, 20 turnovers.
Colorado Mines— Sammy Van Sickle 18, Ashley Steffeck 13, Josephine Howery 11, Megan Van de Graaf 11, Quincey Baum 9, Denali Pinto 8, Courtney Stanton 8, McKale Grant 4, Liz Holter 3, Shelby Nichols 2. Totals: 33-77 (8-23) 13-20, 87 points, 60 rebounds, 24 assists, 10 turnovers.