CSC Women To Begin Conference Play At Home

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The Chadron State College women’s basketball team (1-4, 0-0 RMAC) will face Fort Lewis (1-5, 0-0 RMAC) and Western Colorado (2-3, 0-0 RMAC) in their first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference clashes of the young season this weekend.

Friday’s game against the Skyhawks and Saturday’s game against the Mountaineers are both set for 5:30 p.m. start times.

The Eagles have a 9-26 record against Fort Lewis. Their last victory came down to a 66-65 nail-biter in the Chicoine Center during the 2018-19 season. Prior to that game, the Eagles had not defeated the Skyhawks since the 2002-03 season when they sealed the home win 50-47.

Fort Lewis came out victorious in only one of their five non-conference games to start the season. For the conference challenge between the RMAC and the Lone Star Conference, the Skyhawks traveled to Silver City, N.M. and lost 77-52 to Eastern New Mexico (3-1, 0-0 Lone Star) and 65-47 to Western New Mexico (3-0, 0-0 Lone Star). Then they traveled to Gunnison where they lost 72-59 to Western Colorado in a non-conference setting.

Much like the Eagles, the Skyhawks got their first win against an NAIA opponent at home. They defeated Northern New Mexico College (3-1, 0-0 CAC) in a decisive 61-44 win. Following the win, they traveled to Canyon, Texas where they lost 93-46 to West Texas A&M (4-5, 0-0 Lone Star) and 87-71 to Southwestern Oklahoma State (6-2, 0-0 GAC) in the Pak-A-Sak Thanksgiving Classic.

Offensively leading Fort Lewis is guard Sydney Candelaria, who leads the team in field goals (39-94), free throws (18-35), total points (102), and points per game (17.0). She also has a team-high 12 steals so far this season.

The defensive leader for the Skyhawks is six-foot forward Kelsey Sorenson, a redshirt sophomore. Sorenson is responsible for team-highs of 16 offensive rebounds, 37 total rebounds, 9.3 rebounds per game, and 2 blocks.

The Fort Lewis Skyhawks are coached by first-year head coach Taylor Harris, who is assisted by Audra Lynn and Jason Flores.

In the 31-year history between Chadron State and Western Colorado, the Eagles are 25-17 over the Mountaineers. Due to multiple postponements last season, the two teams have not played each other since the beginning of the 2019-20 season when the Eagles were defeated 69-43 in Gunnison. The last Eagle victory over the Mountaineers was a dominating 69-50 finish during the 2015-16 season.

Western’s first two games were also part of the RMAC and Lone Star challenge. They traveled to Denton, Texas where they lost 58-42 to Texas Women’s University (4-2, 0-0 Lone Star) and won 62-57 against Angelo State (0-6, 0-0 Lone Star).

After their win over Fort Lewis, the Mountaineers joined the Skyhawks at the Pat-A-Sak Thanksgiving Classic in Canyon. They were routed 88-54 by Southwestern Oklahoma State and edged 62-51 by West Texas A&M.

The offensive and defensive leader for Western is guard Ky Buell, who is responsible for team highs in field goals (21-45), field goal percentage (.467), total points (55), points per game (11.0), and defensive rebounds (25). She also has four steals and one block so far on the season.

Coaching the Western Colorado Mountaineers is head coach Lora Westling. She is assisted by Todd Stutzman and Katelynn Martinez.

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