The Chadron State College basketball teams will be on the road again this weekend, visiting New Mexico Highlands on Friday night and at Colorado State-Pueblo on Saturday night.
The two Highlands teams are having contrasting seasons. The women are 1-13 for the season and are winless in nine conference contests. The men are 10-4 and 5-4.
The Cowgirls’ only win was over Northern New Mexico 66-59 on Nov. 18. They also took Westminster into overtime before losing 74-66 in mid-December. Junior Jordyn Lewis is the second leading scorer in the conference with a 17.9-point average and also is No. 2 in 3-point scorer 38 through 13 games. Freshman Ashley Antone is scoring at a 12.4 clip for the Cowgirls.
The Cowboys have plenty of punch. Sammy Barnes-Tompkins leads the RMAC in scoring at 24.6 points a game and Raquan Mitchell is third at 22.9. They rank first and second, respectively, in the conference in 3-pointers with 43 and 42. Both are 6-foot-3.
Mitchell rang up 41 points during a 109-108 loss to Dixie State and has scored as many as 28 points four more times.
The Highlands men also lead the RMAC in points per game at 91.9, and their 143 treys lead the conference. Chadron State is second in treys with 134.
Last year’ games between the Eagles and the Cowboys were interesting. CSC won the clash in Chadron 80-69, when Highlands was just five of 33 from behind the arc. Three weeks later when the teams met in Las Vegas, the Cowboys won 97-91.
The Highlands women edged CSC 58-56 in their first encounter last season and won the second game 79-62. Lewis tallied 20 and 24 points in the two contests.
The Pueblo women are 2-11 overall and 2-7 in the RMAC. JaNaiva Davis, a 5-7 sophomore, is averaging 14.2 points to pace the scoring. The Lady Thunderwolves have been outshot by an 81-55 margin from 3-point range this season.
The Pueblo men are 7-8 for the season and 5-4 in the conference. Highlands beat them 111-105 on Jan. 18. Five members of the Pack are averaging in double figures, paced by guard David Simental at 17.1 a game. He poured in 42 points during a 98-95 overtime loss at Fort Lewis.
The CSC men swept the Thunderwolves by scores of 72-62 and 70-62 a year ago. Pueblo won the women’s contests 68-67 and 74-70.