Nov 08, 2019 2:52 PM

Veteran group poised to lead Eagles as season opens today

Posted Nov 08, 2019 2:52 PM

By: CSC Sports Information

CHADRON, Neb. -- The Chadron State College women's basketball team hopes to improve from last season's 4-24 record, and can probably make that happen by becoming more consistent.


CSC's roster consists of 17 players, made up of nine letterwinners from last season, two transfers and six freshmen.


The Eagles return an exciting backcourt in junior Taryn Foxen and sophomore Jori Peters, two of their statistical leaders from a year ago.


The 5-10 Foxen, who is from Aurora, Colo., and was elected the college's Homecoming Queen this fall, led the Eagles in scoring last year at 11 points a game while shooting nearly 40 percent from the field and 70 percent at the free throw line. She also led the team with 30 steals.


The 5-4 Peters played 28 minutes a game as the Eagles' primary point guard. She handed out a team-high 83 assists, tied for second in steals with 27, averaged 5.5 points and tied for most rebounds at 4.0 a game.


"Peters and Foxen are doing very well for us this year so far," Raymer said.


The other letterwinners are senior guard Haley Urbatsch of Gillette, Wyo., senior forwards McKenna McClintic of Burwell and Jessica Lovitt of Mullen, sophomore guards Brittni McCully of Mullen and Bailey Brooks of Douglas, Wyo., and sophomore forward Rachel Henkle of Newcastle, Wyo.,


Another sophomore, 6-1 Tatum Peterson of Glenwood Springs, Colo., suffered a knee injury early in the preseason and will miss the 2019-20 season. 


Raymer noted that Urbatsch and Brooks, along with other pieces will help the CSC backcourt this season. Urbatsch, together with her classmates McClintic and Lovitt, bring senior leadership to the program, on and off the court, she added.


Peters, McClintic and Lovitt each averaged 4.0 rpg to lead the Eagles last season.


Transfers Melisa Kadic, a senior from Idaho State, and junior Sam Hinkle, from McCook, joined the program this fall.


Hinkle, a 5-11 forward, averaged 15 points and 5.5 rebounds last season while earning all-conference honors at McCook Community College.


Kadic, a 5-9 guard, was a two-time All-Region selection while playing at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff, where she averaged 13.7 points in 2017-18. She spent last year at Idaho State.


"Kadic is a phenomenal shooter, we look for her to be a scorer for us," Raymer said. "I think she's going to take that role on very nicely."


At least one of the freshmen is also expected to play immediately. She is 6-1 Jordan Morris of Apple Valley, Minn., who helped Eastview High School go undefeated and win the state championship her junior year.


Raymer said Morris will be one to watch and expects her to play right away.


The other freshmen include Olivia Jolley of Sturgis, S.D., 5-10, and four players from Nebraska. They are: Blythe Boness of Alliance, 5-11; Makenzie Dunkel of Scottsbluff, 5-10; Emma Hoffschneider of Burwell, 5-11; and Meaghan Ross of Sidney, 5-5.


The Eagles will open the regular season at home on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8 and 9 by hosting Texas A&M International and Texas A&M-Kingsville, both at 3 p.m., in the Chicoine Center.