Chadron State was outrebounded 46 to 16 Monday night in the Chicoine Center, as they fell to the Regis Rangers 71-62.
The Rangers led from start to finish and held the lead for 39 minutes. Chadron State lowered a 17 point deficit in the third quarter to eight with five minutes to go in the game, but were unable to overcome it.
“I wasn’t worried about our offense tonight, I was worried about our defense,” Head Coach Janet Raymer said. “We showed our offense was improving tonight but we need to keep focusing on our defense.”
The Eagles finished 43.4 percent (25-53) from the field and were eight of 16 (50%) from three in the loss. They converted eight of their 11 attempts from the charity stripe.
The visitors shot 40 percent (22-55) from the field and 20 percent (3-15) from three. Compared to Chadron State’s 11 free throw attempts, the Rangers shot 30 free throws and made 24 for 80 percent.
19 of the visitor’s rebounds were offensive in the victory, which resulted in 20 second chance points.
Regis scored 13 points off 13 Eagle turnovers, while Chadron State scored 12 points off 15 Ranger turnovers.
Chadron State was outscored in the paint 32 to 26 in the loss.
Hazel Fui led CSC with 12 points. Meaghan Ross and Taryn Foxen each scored 11 and Tatum Peterson finished with 10, to join Fui in double-figures. Foxen finished with a team high four rebounds and a game high six assists.
Grace O’Neill had a game high 19 points for the Rangers. Morgan Smith and Whitney Jacob both posted double-doubles in the win. Smith finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Jacob had 11 points and a game high 13 rebounds.
CSC returns to action next Saturday when they travel to Salt Lake City to face the Westminster Griffins.