Lady Eagles Beat Western Colo, Tie For RMAC Lead At 2-0

Samiyah Worrell photo Kaleb Center/ CSC SID

By Zach Carattini CSC Sports Information BOX SCORE

The Chadron State College women’s basketball team (3-4, 2-0 RMAC) prevailed 60-51 over Western Colorado (2-5, 0-2 RMAC) in a competitive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference contest. 

Chadron State struck first to start the game. Three field goals were landed by three different players, and Samiyah Worrell put away two three-pointers to go up 12 points while helping to hold the Mountaineers to only 4 points.  

The Mountaineers brushed off their slow start and surged for 20 total second-quarter points. They shot 7-12 on field goals (58.3%) and 3-6 on 3-pointers (50%) while the Eagles were 4-15 on field goals (26.7%) and 2-5 on 3-pointers (40%). 

One of those three-pointers belonged to Worrell while the other was made by Jori Peters. The score was tied 24 apiece at the half.  

Samantha Coleman of the Mountaineers landed back-to-back three-pointers to open the second half to give Western Colorado the lead 30-24. They held the six-point lead over the Eagles at the end of the third quarter. 

With seven minutes left in the fourth quarter and the Mountaineers up 48-39 and looking to put the ballgame away, the Eagles’ defense stepped up big-time to secure three rebounds and three steals.

That helped the offense explode for 24 points in the final period, led by Worrell. She swished a pair of 3-pointers in the final three and a half minutes give the Eagles the lead heading down the stretch. Peters earned an assist for each of those clutch baskets.  

Free throws by Bailey BrooksAshayla Powers, and Peters as well as a layup by Micheala Dammann gave the Eagles a comfortable nine-point lead to end the game. Western Colorado committed 10 turnovers in the last fram and was held to only 9 points by the stout Eagles’ defense. 

“We played with a lot of heart and intensity,” said Head Coach Janet Raymer. “The bench played a huge role. I am very proud of everyone.” 

The Eagles will be on the road next weekend to take on the Westminster Griffins (2-3, 1-0 RMAC) and the Colorado Mesa Mavericks (6-0, 1-0 RMAC).

Chadron State— Samiyah Worrell 20, Ashayla Powers 11, Jori Peters 8, Bailey Brooks 7, Micheala Dammann 5, Riley Aiono 4, Emily Achter 3, Tatum Peterson 2. Totals: 20-53 (7-13) 13-20, 60 points, 34 rebounds, 19 assists, 20 turnovers. 

Western Colorado—Samantha Coleman 16, Grace Kirscher 11, Emmery Wagstaff 7, Rachel Cockman 7, Katie Dalton 4, Natalie Jojola 3, Mia Lozoya 3. Totals: 19-43 (7-22), 6-10, 51 points, 28 rebounds, 14 assists, 23 turnovers. 

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