CHADRON, Neb. -- A slow start helped the South Dakota Mines Hardrockers defeat Chadron State women's basketball team Saturday night in the Chicoine Center, 77-59.
The loss drops CSC to 5-19 overall and 3-12 in conference play. South Dakota Mines, who won their fifth straight game, improves to 10-9 and 8-7 in the RMAC.
After starting the first period one of 10 from the field, CSC fell behind 21-11, while shooting 21.43 percent in the quarter.
The Eagles cold shooting continued in the second, finishing 26.7 percent from the field in the period and 24 percent in the half. South Dakota Mines led 42-22 at half, after shooting 42.9 percent in the first half.
"We weren't executing in the first half and were forcing it too much in the first half," Head Coach Janet Raymer said.
CSC shot 44 percent in the second half and outscored the Hardrockers 37-35, but were unable to overcome the first half deficit.
For the game, CSC finished 22-63 (34.9 percent) from the field. They converted two of 14 shots from three and were 13-16 from the charity stripe.
Their opponent finished 28-70 (40 percent) from the field and seven of 27 from three. The Hardrockers made 14 of 18 free throws.
Chadron State had 20 turnovers in the loss, which South Dakota Mines converted into 21 points. The Eagles scored five points off 12 South Dakota Mines turnovers.
"Points off of turnovers was one of the biggest differences of the game," Raymer said. "They had a high hedge on us and we struggled holding on to the ball for a whole half, which took us out of our scoring."
CSC outrebounded their opponent 44-42.
Taryn Foxen once again led the Eagles in scoring with 17 points. Bailey Brooks and Jessica Lovitt joined her in double-digits, with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Jordan Morris had a team high 10 rebounds. Foxen was one board shy of a double-double with nine.
Four different players scored double-figures for the Hardrockers. Anna Haugen and Sydney Leeper each had 12, while Molly McCabe and Ryan Weiss both had 10. Haugen added 13 rebounds to her stat line to finish with a double-double.
Chadron State stays home next weekend as they host Colorado School of Mines and UCCS. Both teams earned victories against New Mexico Highlands and CSU-Pueblo this weekend.
By: Con Marshall, CSC Sports Information
CHADRON, Neb. -- February 1, 2020 -- South Dakota Mines got 27 points from Allec Williams, 22 from Mitch Sueker and 17 from Logan Elers Saturday night while defeating Chadron State 88-77 in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game in Chadron.
The Hardrockers led all the way after after breaking an 8-8 tie. They shot 55.2 percent from the field while building a 43-33 halftime lead and maintained between a five- and 12-point lead in the second half.
Chadron State made 29 field goals, one more than Mines, and hit nine 3-pointers, four more than the visitors. But the Hardrockers were 27 of 31 from the free throw line and the Eagles were just 10 of 15.
Williams was 11 of 18 from the field, including three treys, and a pair of free throws, while scoring his season-high 27 points. Sueker had just three points at halftime, but used his hook shot to help tally 19 in the second half. Elers was four of eight from the field and drew enough fouls to go nine of 10 at the free throw line.
Chadron State's top scorer was Stephon Bell, who was nine of 11 from the field that included three of four from behind the arc, while finishing with 21 points. He entered the game averaging four points.
The Eagles' leading scorer for the season with a 17-point average, Brian Rodriguez was limited to 11. Alternate center Kenan Gray had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, the game high.
Chadron State out-rebounded Mines 36-28, but had a dozen turnovers, twice the Hardrockers' total.
Mines is now 11-10 overall and 8-7 in the RMAC. The Eagles are 3-17 and 2-13.
South Dakota Mines--Allec Williams 27, Mitch Sueker 22, Logan Elers 17, Jack Fiddler 9, Damani Hayes 9, Wilfred Dickson 2, Tristan Von Nieda 2. Totals: 28-53 (5-16) 27-31, 88 points, 28 rebounds, 6 turnovers.
Chadron State--Stephon Bell 21, Brian Rodriguez 11, Kenan Gray 10, Jacob Jefferson 9, Colby Jackson 9, Brady Delimont 8, Kayden Sund 6, Michael Sparks 3. Totals: 29-63 (9-23) 10-15, 77 points, 36 rebounds, 12 turnovers.
South Dakota Mines 43 45 ----88
Chadron State 33 44 ----77
3-pointers: SDM--Williams 3, Sueker 1, Fiddler 1. CSC--Bell 3, Sund 2, Delimont 2, Jefferson 1, Jackson 1.