Women’s Basketball Comes Up Empty In Denver

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(Zach Carattini, CSC Sports Information)

The Chadron State College women’s basketball team (6-12, 5-8 RMAC) suffered an 81-61 loss at the hands of MSU Denver (13-4, 9-3 RMAC) during a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game Friday night.

The inconsistent Eagles were outpaced by a high-powered MSU Denver team, who dominated in most statistical categories. Despite the loss, last season’s starters Tatum Peterson and Olivia Waufle both gave their best performances of the 2021-22 season.

Peterson spent 29 minutes on the court, which marks as her second-highest playing time this season. She accounted for 12 of the Eagles’ points, a team-high 2 offensive rebounds, and season highs of five field goals and five free throw attempts.

Waufle landed a deep three-pointer during the final two minutes of the game. It was one of three that the Eagles had all night. She also had one steal and two defensive rebounds during her 19 minutes of playing time.

The Roadrunners scored the first points of the game when forward Allie Navarette–one of four NCAA Division II players with over 2,000 career points–netted an unassisted layup at 8:52 in the first quarter. Ashayla Powers sunk two free throws shortly after to give the Eagles their first points of the game. MSU Denver began to pull away after shooting a three-pointer and going 8-8 on free throws.

Down 21-13 at the start of the second quarter, the Roadrunners kept their foot on the gas by scoring another 20 points while holding the Eagles to a game-low seven points. The score was 41-20 at halftime.

Chadron State had its best performance in the third quarter. It shot 50% on field goals (5-10) and 76.5% on free throws (13-17). Powers accounted for four of those free throws and went 6-6 on the night to increase her free throw numbers to 80-108 on the season (74.1%). The Eagles’ improvement on offense made it 61-43 at the end of the third quarter.

The Eagles put up 18 more points in the fourth quarter. This was due in part to Waufle and Peters each landing a three-pointer to close out the game. Waufle’s trey came at 1:48 and Peters’ came with five seconds left on the clock.

Despite outscoring the Roadrunners 41-40 in the second half, it was not enough to save the game for the Eagles. The final score was 81-61.

The Eagles will host RMAC rivals CSU-Pueblo (15-5, 11-3 RMAC) and Adams State (9-9, 7-6 RMAC) this Friday and Saturday in the Chicoine Center.

Chadron State—Jori Peters 16, Tatum Peterson 12, Olyvia Pacheco 12, Ashayla Powers 10, Olivia Waufle 7, Samiyah Worrell 3, Brittni McCully 1. FG/3PT/FT: 19-50/3-11/20-29, 61 points, 32 rebounds, 7 assists, 17 turnovers.

MSU Denver— Allie Navarette 19, Kendra Parra 12, Morgan Griego 10, Jaela Richardson 8, Mya Jones 8, Tosjanae Bonds 7, Alex Carlton 6, Maggie Justinak 4, Anais Bonnemaison 3, Mariana Silva Pereira 2, Jordon Heckert 2. FG/3PT/FT: 28-61/5-15/20-24, 81 points, 38 rebounds, 20 assists, 11 turnovers.

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