After having subpar performances Tuesday night at Black Hills State, the Chadron State College basketball teams are due to host South Dakota Mines in a double-header Saturday night in the Chicoine Center. The women’s game at 5:30 will tip off the action. Fans will be allowed to attend.
The Chadron State women scored just 11 points in the first half and lost 59-39 to the Yellow Jackets on Tuesday night and the men were outscored 43-26 in the second half while dropping their game in Spearfish 74-53.
The CSC men’s game was their first since they defeated the Yellow Jackets 71-58 on Jan. 26 at home.
The Lady Eagles are still seeking their first win after 10 starts, while the CSC men are 4-5. Both teams are to conclude their seasons the following weekend by playing at Metro State and Colorado Christian in the Denver area.
While power rankings will be used to help determine which of the eight men’s and eight women’s teams will advance to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference playoffs the first week in March, it’s believed the Eagles’ men are still in contention. CSC Coach Shane Paben acknowledged Friday that winning the final three games would surely help his team’s chances to advance.
The coach added that while his team’s leading scorer, center Jacob Jefferson, has been lost for the season because of a leg injury, everyone else on the roster is expected to be available for the Saturday night contest.
The South Dakota Mines men are 8-8 after having their game with Black Hills State was called off Thursday night. They edged the Eagles 60-59 on Kolten Mortensen’s 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime on Jan. 21 in Rapid City. The Hardrockers also nipped Black Hills State 79-78 that week, but have won just two of six games since then.
The only senior in the Hardrockers’ starting lineup, 6-4 Wilfred Dickson, is the team’s leading scorer at 12.9 points a game. Redshirt freshman Brevin Walter and sophomore Alejandro Rama are both averaging about 11.5 points and Mortensen is at 10.5 a game.
The South Dakota Mines women squeezed by Black Hills 61-60 on two free throws by leading scorer Ryan Weiss with eight seconds remaining Thursday night. The Lady Rockers have won seven of their last eight games and are 10-7, counting a forfeit win in early January.
At 18.3 points a game, Weiss is the only Lady Hardrocker averaging in double figures. The team thrives on 3-pointers, launching 364 and making 134 compared to 272 and 84 by the foes.
Chadron State Coach Janet Raymer said two of her team’s mainstays, Taryn Foxen and Hazel Fui, returned to practice late this week after missing most of the last month, largely because of COVID issues.
“There’s no way they can be in good condition now, but we’ll try to get them on the court if they’re able,” Raymer said.