By: Zach Carattini, CSC Sports Information
CHADRON, Neb. -- December 4, 2021 -- The Chadron State College women's basketball team (3-4, 2-0 RMAC) prevailed 60-51 over Western Colorado (2-5, 0-2 RMAC) in a competitive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference contest.
Chadron State struck first to start the game. Three field goals were landed by three different players, and Samiyah Worrell put away two three-pointers to go up 12 points while helping to hold the Mountaineers to only 4 points.
The Mountaineers brushed off their slow start and surged for 20 total second-quarter points. They went 7-12 on field goals (58.3%) and 3-6 on three-pointers (50%) while the Eagles shot 4-15 on field goals (26.7%) and 2-5 on three-pointers (40%). One of those three-pointers belonged to Worrell while the other was made by Jori Peters. The score was tied 24 apiece at the half.
Samantha Coleman of the Mountaineers landed back-to-back three-pointers to open the second half to give Western Colorado the lead 30-24. They held the six-point lead over the Eagles at the end of the third quarter.
With seven minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Mountaineers were up 48-39 and were looking to put the ball game away. The Eagles' defense stepped up big-time to secure three rebounds and three steals to help the offense explode for 24 total fourth-quarter points. Worrell swished two three-pointers in the final three and a half minutes to finally give the Eagles the lead heading down the stretch. Peters earned an assist for each of those clutch baskets.
After the three-pointers, free throws by Bailey Brooks, Ashayla Powers, and Peters as well as a layup by Micheala Dammann gave the Eagles a comfortable nine-point lead to end the game. Western Colorado committed 10 turnovers in the fourth quarter and was held to only nine points by the stout Eagles' defense.
"We played with a lot of heart and intensity," said Head Coach Janet Raymer. "The bench played a huge role. I am very proud of everyone."
The Eagles will be on the road next weekend to take on the Westminster Griffins (2-3, 1-0 RMAC) and the Colorado Mesa Mavericks (6-0, 1-0 RMAC).
Chadron State— Samiyah Worrell 20, Ashayla Powers 11, Jori Peters 8, Bailey Brooks 7, Micheala Dammann 5, Riley Aiono 4, Emily Achter 3, Tatum Peterson 2. Totals: 20-53 (7-13) 13-20, 60 points, 34 rebounds, 19 assists, 20 turnovers.
Western Colorado—Samantha Coleman 16, Grace Kirscher 11, Emmery Wagstaff 7, Rachel Cockman 7, Katie Dalton 4, Natalie Jojola 3, Mia Lozoya 3. Totals: 19-43 (7-22), 6-10, 51 points, 28 rebounds, 14 assists, 23 turnovers.