Griffins & South Dakota Teams On The Itinerary For Women’s Basketball

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The Chadron State College women’s basketball team (5-9, 4-5 RMAC) is looking to snap their three-game losing streak in three upcoming Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games.

First, they will travel north to Spearfish this Tuesday, January 18, to take on Black Hills State (7-7, 5-3 RMAC) at 5:30 p.m. Then they will return to the Chicoine Center on Saturday, January 22, to host South Dakota Mines (1-15, 1-9 RMAC) at 5:30 p.m. Finally, they will have a 2 p.m. home rematch against Westminster(7-4, 6-1 RMAC) on Monday, January 24.

The Eagles are 39-27 in their extensive history against Black Hills State. Their last win against the Yellow Jackets came late in the 2016-17 season when they prevailed 67-60 in overtime off the efforts of Kalli Feddersen and Kylah Collins’ combined 30 points. BHSU has dominated the series in the 21st century, winning 21 of the last 25 games since the start of the 2000-01 season.

Due to back-to-back postponements, the Yellow Jackets have not suited up for a game since January 1 when they lost 67-55 at #13 Colorado School of Mines (13-1, 8-0 RMAC). On New Year’s Eve they defeated Regis University (9-5, 5-3 RMAC) 62-46 in Denver.

Two players that the Eagles will have to look out for are Megan Engesser and Ashlee Beacom. Engesser is the RMAC’s leader in three-pointers per game (2.4). Her 33 three-pointers on the season rank her second behind South Dakota Mines’ Bauer Piper (37). Beacom is the team’s current leader in minutes per game (27.4), offensive rebounds (28), defensive rebounds (40), and steals (23).

The Yellow Jackets are coached by veteran head coach Mark Nore, who is assisted by Hope Bonlander and Halley Busse.

Chadron State’s record against South Dakota Mines is currently 34-31. Its last victory over the Hardrockers came in a 70-67 overtime thriller in Rapid City in the last game of the 2017-18 season. Despite having a shortened schedule last season, the Eagles played the Hardrockers twice. They lost both games at scores of 65-59 and 72-45 and will be looking for revenge on Saturday.

Mines currently holds the second-worst conference record at 1-9. Their only victory so far this season came against Fort Lewis (2-12, 1-7 RMAC) when they edged the Skyhawks 74-72 at home. Their last two games were 79-61 and 91-62 losses to Regis and Colorado Mines, respectively.

The Hardrockers’ standout player on offense is guard Ryan Weiss. She is the team leader in field goals made (55), field goals attempted (150), free throw percentage (88.9%), points scored (167), and points per game (11.9). Defensively, the team leaders are currently Sydnee Durtsche, Anna Combalia, and Makenna Bodette. Durtsche has 81 total rebounds, Combalia has 27 steals, and Bodette has 17 blocks.

South Dakota Mines is coached by third-year head coach Jeri Jacobson. She is assisted by Mike Sybrant.

CSC’s game against Westminster was originally rescheduled for Saturday, January 8 but was postponed and rescheduled for Monday, January 24 due to COVID protocol.

The Eagles are 2-7 in their young history against the Griffins. Like Black Hills State, their last victory over Westminster came in the 2016-17 season. They defeated the Griffins 79-76 in a game where they held the lead for most of the contest.

Since defeating the Eagles last month, the Griffins have won three of their last four games including an 85-49 steamrolling of Black Hills State. They lost 65-54 to CSU-Pueblo (12-3, 8-1) before putting away New Mexico Highlands (3-11, 0-8 RMAC) 69-64 and UCCS (4-10, 2-6 RMAC) 59-48.

Westminster’s offensive attack is powered by Ashley Greenwood and Sarah McGinley. Greenwood is the team leader in free throws made (41), free throws attempted (52), and points per game (18.1). McGinley leads the team in field goals made (62), field goals attempted (121), three-pointers made (23), three-pointer attempts (56), free throw percentage (82.9%), and total points scored (176)

Defensively holding down the fort is Hunter Krebs, who leads the team in defensive rebounds (47), total rebounds (56), and blocks (15). Abby Mangum is the Griffins’ leader in offensive rebounds (19), assists (43), and steals (19).

The Westminster Griffins are coached by first-year head coach Jenteal Jackson, who is joined by Cydney McHenry, Kailie Quinn, and Denise Gonzalez.

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