UPDATE – Teams Clear COVID Testing; CSC Hosts BHSU With Up To 800 Fans Allowed

Photo Courtesy: Zachary Carlson, CSC Sports Information

The Chadron State College and Black Hills State University men’s and women’s basketball teams have passed their latest rounds of COVID testing and have been cleared to play tonight in Chadron with fans present for the first time.

Tickets can be ordered in advance from the CSC athletic department website at chadroneagles.com/tickets or at the Chicoine Center ticket booth when the doors open at 4:30. The women’s game tips off at 5:30.

ORIGINAL STORY

Pending both teams’ successful Covid testing, Chadron State College and Black Hills State are slated to play a men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader beginning on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are now on sale to the general public, and will be sold until the arena reaches a limit of 800 spectators. The website to purchase tickets online can be found at ChadronEagles.com/tickets. Admission may also be purchased beginning at 4:30 p,m. from the Chicoine Center ticket booth.

CSC students and employees may attend and sit in the general admission section at no cost with a valid Campus ID. Reserved seats will incur an additional cost.

Immediate family of CSC faculty and staff will also be admitted in the general admission section at no cost as long as they attend with the employee.

Anyone attending an event or using a CSC facility must follow the college’s Face Covering Policy, wear a mask, and maintain social distance.

The Black Hills women lost to South Dakota Mines 66-50 on Saturday night in Rapid City. The halftime score was 38-26.

The BHSU men also lost to Mines, falling 79-78 on a free throw by Alejandro Rama with four seconds left, giving the Hardrockers their second straight one-point win after edging CSC 60-59 in overtime on Thursday night. Mines led BH 37-35 at halftime.

The Black Hills women are 6-3. They lost their season opener at Western Colorado and won six games in a row before losing at Colorado Mesa 65-58 on Jan. 9 and to Western Colorado 70-61 in overtime at home on Saturday night.

Their standout is 5-9 senior Racquel Wientjes, who is averaging 23 points and 6 rebounds. She has tallied at least 28 points four times this winter. Morgan Ham, a 6-1 senior, is averaging 16 points.

The Black Hills men as 3-3 with Saturday’s loss to SD Mines in their first game since Jan. 4, when they lost 85-83 in overtime to undefeated Colorado Mines in Spearfish. Joel Scott, a 6-7 sophomore is averaging 17.5 points and Trey Whitley, a 6-1 senior, is averaging 14.5 for the Jackets.

The CSC’ women are 0-6 coming off a close loss to South Dakota Mines in Rapid City last Thursday.

The CSC men are 3-4, but 2 of their losses have been in overtime and a third came against Colorado School of Mines, now the nation’s top-ranked team.

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