Hardrocker Women Elude Eagles

Photo Courtesy: Lucas Wheeler, SDSMT

South Dakota School of Mines did not lead in the game until nearly halftime, however the Hardrocker women’s basketball team went on a 14-0 headed into the midpoint intermission, and held onto its lead all through the second half, while downing the Chadron State College women 65-59 in Rapid City.

Mines’ Ryan Weiss hit 4-of-10 three-pointers, and 6-of-14 overal from the field, to lead her team with 21 points for the night.

The Eagles, playing without leading scorer Taryn Foxen, shot just 38.1 percent for the game, and were 1-for-11 from beyond the arc.

CSC’s Hazel Fui had nine first-half points that came in spurts, during both the first and second quarters. After her final bucket of the half, however, the Eagles went completely silent for the final 5:26 of the half.

The Hardrockers stretched their lead to 12 in the third quarter. Their largest lead of 13 came at 6:54 in the fourth.

However the Eagles were consistent at the foul line in the fourth, hitting six of seven shots, and they hit 7-of-15 field goals in the final frame, while holding Mines to only five.

Down the stretch, CSC cut the Hardrocker lead down to just 56-53 with 3:03 remaining, but Weiss hit three of her final four free throw shots to put the game just out of reach for the Eagles on the final possession of the game.

CSC was led in points by Hazel Fui and Bailey Brooks, with 15 apiece. Both players rebounded the ball six times.

Olivia Waufle was the Eagles’ leading rebounder, grabbing eight boards.

CSC fell to 0-6, all in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play, with the loss, while South Dakota Mines improved to 3-6 overall (3-5 RMAC).

The Eagles return home to host Black Hills State on Tuesday, January 26.