Eagles Win Thriller In Double Overtime To Remain Unbeaten At Home

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The Chadron State College women’s basketball team (4-6, 3-2 RMAC) prevailed 82-77 over Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opponent UCCS (3-7, 1-3 RMAC) in a double-overtime thriller at home.

It was the third game in program history that required two overtime periods to decide the winner. The first was a 72-71 loss to the College of St. Mary in 1979-80 and the second was a 102-99 win over New Mexico Highlands in 2013-14.

Both teams traded blows in the first quarter, each having 13 points to start the second quarter. In the second quarter, the Mountain Lions gained a seven-point lead after two three-pointers and two jump shots in the paint. Another trey by Worrell made it 27-23 UCCS at the half.

Chadron State came storming back in the third quarter, outscoring UCCS 20-12. The score was 43-39 CSC at the start of the fourth quarter.

Both teams’ offenses exploded for a combined total of 50 points in the fourth quarter. UCCS’s Shelby Megyeri landed a three-pointer, a layup, and a free throw to help contribute to the Mountain Lions’ 27 fourth-quarter points. Jasmine Jeffcoat tied the game 66-66 after sinking two free throws in the final three seconds of regulation, sending the game into overtime.

The Eagles scored seven points in the first overtime period off five free throws and one field goal. Two of those free throws were landed by Worrell in the final 15 seconds of the period, tying the score at 73 apiece.

The two teams traded blows throughout the second overtime period until Worrell made a deep three-pointer with 16 seconds left to make the score 80-77 Eagles. After a missed three-pointer by UCCS went out of bounds, Worrell was fouled by Maison White. With one second left on the clock, Worrell iced the game for the Eagles by making two good free throws to end the game 82-77.

There were 38 total lead changes throughout Friday’s game with seven for each team occurring in the first quarter and six for each team in the fourth.

Junior transfer Samiyah Worrell enjoyed one of the best performances of her career. She produced 29 total points while shooting 53.8% on field goals (7-13), 66.7% on three-pointers (6-9), and 64.3% on free throws (9-14). She also led the Eagles with seven rebounds, nine assists, and 1 block.

Also shooting hot for the Eagles was Ashayla Powers, who went 7-18 on field goals and shot a perfect 6-6 on free throws. Freshman Micheala Dammann also shot a perfect free throw percentage, going 7-7.

“I’m very proud of our team and how well they are working together,” said Head Coach Janet Raymer. “This is a result of the effort and intensity that they are bringing to practice each day.”

The Eagles will look to continue their home win streak tomorrow at 2 p.m. to take on the New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls (3-7, 0-4 RMAC).

Chadron State— Samiyah Worrell 29, Ashayla Powers 20, Micheala Dammann 11, Emily Achter 10, Jori Peters 8, Tatum Peterson 2, Olivia Waufle 2. Totals: 24-66 (8-21) 26-35, 82 points, 42 rebounds, 21 assists, 21 turnovers.

UCCS— Shelby Megyeri 12, Jessica Nation 11, Ellie Moore 10, Maison White 10, McClain Walker 10, Jasmine Jeffcoat 9, Agar Farres 6, Sophie Abela 6, Ines Latapia 3. Totals: 30-69 (9-23) 8-14, 77 points, 45 rebounds, 22 assists, 24 turnovers.

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