By: Kaleb Center
Sports Information Director
CHADRON, Neb. -- November 8, 2019 -- The 2019-20 Chadron State College women's basketball season started the right way for the Eagles, who shot as high a percentage as any game last season in a 66-63 win Friday afternoon to begin 1-0 in a non-conference home matchup with Texas A&M-International.
"We're more mature this year," said CSC Head Women's Basketball Coach Janet Raymer, "so we're not just jacking up shots. Instead we're looking for shots that are good for us. This team seems to know better what those shots look like. The majority of what we took were pretty decent looks for us."
Though CSC scored first, led 28-17 at the half, and never gave up the lead, the Dustdevils remained calm and composed, and made a late run that put the game's outcome in some doubt.
It began just after the seven-minute mark in the fourth quarter, when the Eagles had just matched their biggest lead of the game at 60-46, on a buried three by senior McKenna McClintic.
International's Josselin Geer responded quickly with a sequence of seven straight points that included a layup, a three-pointer, a steal, and then another layup on fast break. Another three fell for the Dustdevils' Patrycja Jaworska to complete a 10-0 run and draw the visitors to within four. They then whittled that down to one point over the final four minutes of play.
Although the momentum belonged to TAMIU, it quickly faded inside the final minute and a half. The Dustdevils, who sustained an 8-of-13 shooting pace to close to 64-63, missed on their final four shots, all threes, as CSC sophomore Jori Peters nailed her final pair of free throws to finish the scoring.
CSC finished 28-of-55 from the field for a 50.9 percent clip, its best since early January.
The Eagles defense held International to a mere five points in the second quarter.
Peters, along with senior newcomer Melisa Kadic, led the team with 17 points each. Peters did most of her work inside the paint and at the charity stripe, shooting 5-of-6 and 4-of-6, respectively. She added a team-high six assists. Kadic, meanwhile, went 3-of-6 from the perimeter and finished 7-of-10 in total from the field.
Junior guard Taryn Foxen added 12 points on 6-of-13 shooting.
Senior forward Jessica Lovitt brought down a game-best seven boards.
Forward Nicole Heyn was the leading scorer for International, putting together a 23-point, six-rebound game to lead her team in both categories.
"It feels really good to be 1-0," Raymer said. "We stayed really aggressive and went after it. We didn't get scared. We didn't try to stall. We just went hard."
Score by quarters 1 2 3 4 Total
Tex. A&M Int'l 12 5 21 25 63
Chadron State 15 13 21 17 66
CSC Men drop opener in Texas
By: Con Marshall,
CSC Sports Information
LAREDO, Texas -- November 8, 2019 -- The host Texas A&M International men's basketball team never trailed Friday night while downing the Chadron State College Eagles 75-65 in the season-opener for both teams.
A three-pointer by Jacob Pfaffinger with four minutes left in the first half broke a 24-24 tie, and the Dustdevils never allowed the Nebraska team to catch up again. Neither did the hosts runaway and hide. The biggest lead was 13 points with three minutes left to play.
Turnovers were a major factor in the outcome. Chadron State committed 24 of them that International converted into 29 points. The Eagles tallied just 13 points off the Texas team's 15 turnovers.
Caleb Highley, a 6-8 senior, led International with 22 points and nine rebounds. Junior guard Ryan Birt added 16 points and four steals while another 6-8 senior, Dominic Jackson, contributed 15 points and six rebounds.
Chadron State was led by senior transfer Brian Rodriguez, who came off the bench to score 21 points and grab seven rebounds. Point guard Colby Jackson scored 11 points, but was guilty of eight turnovers. Both center Jacob Jefferson and transfer guard Stephon Bell added 10 points. Bell also collected a game-high 11 rebounds for a double-double his first game in an Eagles uniform.
The Eagles sank 11 of 21 field goal shots, including 5 of 10 from three-point range, in the first half, but shot just eight of 28 from the field and only 2 of 16 from behind the arc in the second half.
International was 14 of 29 from the field in the first half and 10 of 29 in the second half. The Dirtdevils were 6-for-16 on three-point attempts for the game.
The Eagles will play at Texas A&M-Kingsville on Saturday night. The Javelinas edged South Dakota Mines 70-69 on Friday night.
Chadron State--Brian Rodriguez 21, Colby Jackson 11, Jacob Jefferson 10, Stephon Bell 10, Andre Sepeda 6, Michael Sparks 5, Walker Andrew 1, Kenan Gray 1. Totals: 19-49 (7-26) 20-29 65 points, 37 rebounds, 24 turnovers.
Texas A&M International--Caleb Highley 22, Ryan Birt 16, Dominic Jackson 15, Jorge Mejias-Sanchez 7, Tom Higgins 5, Jacob Pfaffinger 5, Calvin Fugett 3, Matija Novkovic 2. Totals: 24-58 (6-16) 21-29 75 points, 30 rebounds, 15 turnovers.
Chadron State 30 35 ----65
Texas A&M Int. 36 39 ----75
3-pointers: CSC--Rodriguez 2, Jefferson 2, Jackson 1, Sparks 1, Sepeda 1. TA&M Int--Jackson 2, Birt 1, Majias-Sanchez 1, Higgins 1, Pfaffinger 1.