Women’s Basketball Improves To 5-0 At Home After Comeback Win Over Cowgirls

The Chadron State College women’s basketball team (5-6, 4-2 RMAC) staged an epic 68-63 come-from-behind victory over New Mexico Highlands (3-8, 0-5 RMAC) to improve to 5-0 at home and 4-2 against Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opponents this season.

It was a team effort that catapulted the Eagles over the Cowgirls in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Five different Eagles scored clutch points in the final six minutes in the game to help seal the win for Chadron State.

The Eagles started slowly in the first half compared to the Cowgirls, who landed two three-pointers in each quarter. Chadron state shot 25% on field goals (8-32), 22.2% on three-pointers (2-9, and 90% on free throws (9-10) by the end of the second period.

In the third quarter, the Eagles were held to zero three-pointers on zero attempts but improved their shooting from the field by going 7-15. They outscored the Cowgirls 20-14 to make the score 49-47 Cowgirls heading into the fourth quarter.

Both teams traded blows for most of the fourth quarter. Highland’s Jordyn Lewis landed a deep three-pointer to make it 52-47 in the first few seconds of the quarter. Then Micheala Dammann, Riley Aiono, and Samiyah Worrell each put up two points while the Cowgirls put away two more field goals to make the score 56-53 with 7:04 left in the game.

Tying up the score at 56 almost a minute later with a clutch three-pointer was Jori Peters.

Worrell, who ranks first in the RMAC in three-point percentage (46.3%) and third in total three-pointers (25), landed a trey at the top of the key with 2:41 left to give the Eagles their first lead of the game since the beginning of the first quarter. Subsequent layups by Dammann and Ashayla Powers and a good free throw by Worrell sealed the memorable comeback victory for the Eagles.

“I’m proud of our team,” said Head Coach Janet Raymer. “They kept working and believing when things weren’t going our way early. We have a lot of players contributing to our success.”

The Eagles’ next games will be against Colorado Mines (10-1, 5-0 RMAC) and Regis (7-4, 3-2 RMAC) on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, respectively. Both games tip-off at 2 p.m.

Chadron State— Samiyah Worrell 13, Riley Aiono 12, Micheala Dammann 12, Ashayla Powers 9, Jori Peters 7, Bailey Brooks 5, Brittni McCully 4, Olivia Waufle 2, Tatum Peterson 2, Olyvia Pacheco 2. Totals: 23-65 (4-12) 18-22, 68 points, 48 rebounds, 14 assists, 15 turnovers.

New Mexico Highlands— Jordyn Lewis 18, Maiah Rivas 16, Shania Johnson 13, Jessika Espinoza 4, Ashley Antone 3, Alyson Ray 3, Sana’a Baker, Desiree Forster 2, Awreona Ransom 2. Totals: 26-66 (8-19) 3-5, 63 points, 38 rebounds, 16 assists, 17 turnovers.

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