Regis Uses Fast Start To Clip Eagles, 74-63

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After the Chadron State women’s basketball team took a 3-1 lead in the first 44 seconds when Samiyah Worrell sank a three-pointer, Regis went on a 14-point run during the ensuing four minutes and was ahead the rest of the way while winning a 74-63 decision over the Eagles in Denver on Monday afternoon.

The stats show that the Lady Rangers did two things extra well to make a big difference.  They made 10 of their 21 three-point shots and out-rebounded their guests 44-24.

Five players—three from Regis and two from Chadron State–did most of the scoring. Josey Ryan tallied 19 points and Erin Fry and Sam Deem 17 for the Denver team while the one-two punch of Shay Powers, who finished with 22 points, and Worrell, who tallied 21, had 43 of the Eagles’ 63 total.            

Ryan was five-of-nine, Fry three-of-four and Deem two-of-four from behind the arc. Worrell connected on four-of-eight from long range. 

Morgan Smith scored just two points, but claimed 10 rebounds to lead the Rangers to their big bulge off the glass.  Regis grabbed 15 offensive caroms that resulted in 14 second chance points. The Eagles scored two baskets off their four offensive rebounds.

The Eagles, who had five turnovers while Regis was jumping out to its 15-3 lead, finally came out of their early funk and played pretty well the rest of the game. Besides her opening trey, Worrell buried two more in the first period, helping Chadron State cut the Regis lead to 23-15 at the end of the quarter.

During the next three frames, the Rangers outscored the Eagles by only a 51-48 margin.  But Regis always led from eight to 18 points in the second half.

The Rangers are now 7-5 overall and 4-2 in the RMAC. Chadron State is 2-10 and 2-4.  The Eagles will play again at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Colorado-Colorado Springs and visit Colorado Mesa in Grand Junction and the Westminster Griffins in Salt Lake City this weekend.  

                Chadron State—Shay Powers 22, Samiyah Worrell 21, Kyra Tanabe 5, Allison Olsen 3, Olivia Waufle 3, Riley Alonio 3, Kadyn Comer 2, Emily Achter 2, Awoti Aloi 2. Totals: 24-56 (6-14) 9-14 63 points, 24 rebounds. 13 turnovers.

                Regis-Josey Ryan 19, Erin Fry 17, Sam Deem 17, Kyla Frenchers 9, Sydney Speights 4, Madison Diercks 2, Moran Smith 2, Mary Crossland 2, Erin Stroberg 2.  Totals: 29-63 (10-21) 6-11 74 points, 44 rebounds, 16 turnovers.

                Chadron State       15         14        14          20       —63
                Regis                        23         17        15          19       —74

                3-pointers: CSC—Worrell 4, Tanabe 1, Olsen 1.  Regis—Ryan 5, Fry 3, Deem 2

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