The Chadron State College women’s basketball team faced off against the Metropolitan State University of Denver Roadrunners on Saturday night.
Falling 83-67 at home, the team moves to 0-8 on the season, with MSU Denver improving to 8-5 overall, with a 7-4 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference record.
The Eagles got on the board first thanks to Jori Peters but the Roadrunners were soon to strike back, scoring 9 of the next 11 points. Still, the game remained a one possession margin for most of the first quarter, and MSU Denver led 15-14 headed into the second.
CSC took its biggest lead of the night at 22-15, after Olivia Waufle hit her first two three-point attempts and Peters swished an inbounds pass from Bailey Brooks while standing on the arc.
Five points by MSUD’s Kendra Parra and four from Peyton Taylor in the waning minutes of the first half erased the Eagles’ lead and sent the Roadrunners into halftime with a 33-29 advantage.
By the half, CSC was 11-for-23 on field goals and 2-of-3 from three, as well as 5-of-6 from the foul line.
The Roadrunners came out strong in the second half and took a nine-point lead in the first two and a half minutes. They increased it to 53-43 by the end of the third quarter.
After starting the game 3-for-9 from the three-point arc, MSU Denver drained a remarkable 8-of-16 in the second half to extend its lead to the largest of the night at the final buzzer.
The winners had two players in double-figure scoring. MSUD Denver guard Kendra Parra was a perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line while knocking down 4-of-10 from three, to register 26 points total.
Forward Allie Navarette connected on 9-of-15 field goal attempts overall, going 3-for-4 from long range, finishing with 23 points. Tosjanae Bonds, a diminutive guard, put forth a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Jori Peters and Ashayla Powers led the CSC team with 17 points on the night with Olivia Waufle close behind with 12. Powers was 7-for-8 in free throws and and Bailey Brooks was 5-for-6 while securing nine points. Waufle hit all three of the team’s three-pointers, out of four attempts.
CSC only had seven turnovers in the game, after averaging nearly 16 through the previous seven games. Only the six committed at Westminster College were lower.
The Eagles played without three of their top five scorers, due to various illnesses and injuries, until Hazel Fui entered the game with 3:46 to play in the fourth quarter. Fui scored just two points in two minutes. Leading scorer Taryn Foxen remained out because of extended missed practice due to illness.
The Eagles women play their next game on the road at CSU-Pueblo on Friday, Feb. 5 at 5:30 p.m.