CSC Finishes Non-Conference Play In Sioux Falls


Photo Courtesy/Noelle Meagher/CSC Sports Information

The Chadron State College women’s basketball team, for the second consecutive night, ran out to a significant lead early. However, the Eagles couldn’t hang onto their advantage until halftime, taking a non-conference loss on Sunday afternoon at the Augustana University Vikings in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, by a score of 71-33.
Augustana didn’t get on the board until 5:38, as Chadron State opened up with a 10-0 lead. The Vikings’ first points came on a three-point play by Jennifer Aadland. That started a 12-0 run for the home team. CSC’s Ashayla Powers took the lead back for her team by sinking a three with 10 seconds left in the first period.
The Vikings took back the lead for good in the second. A layup by Powers at 8:08 gave her team its last lead, at 16-15, but CSC only managed one other bucket in the half, as AU took a 27-17 halftime lead.
CSC had a scoring drought in the second half. It ended a nine-minute scoreless streak at four minutes left in the third quarter, and in the fourth it got its last points at 7:16 remaining. Meanwhile AU shot 18-of-30 in the final 20 minutes.
Foul shots were barely a factor in the game. CSC fouled only eight times, with three shooting fouls, while AU fouled 13 times and only one was on a field goal try. Both teams reached the double bonus in the first period, however the only time it happened again was when the Vikings committed their last penalty in the game, with 5:16 remaining.
Shooting made up the biggest difference on Sunday afternoon. The Vikings hit 29 of their 66 shots, while the Eagles went 14-of-59. AU also had five more three-pointers.
The Eagles had a one-rebound advantage on the offensive glass, however the Vikings took the defensive category by eight to finish with a 43-36 lead overall.
Augustana was led by Aadland, with 16 points, seven rebounds, and Aislin Duffy, with 10 points, nine boards, and five assists.
Chadron State got 10 points, three caroms from Powers, while Kadyn Comer led the team with seven rebounds.
The Vikings improved to 8-0 with the win. They are 1-0 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
The Eagles fell to 0-6 overall. Conference play begins Friday, December 2, against CSU-Pueblo in the Chicoine Center in Chadron. New Mexico Highlands visits on Saturday.