(Neb)-Lady Eagles Rally Comes Up Short
GUNNISON, Colo. -- The Chadron State women came up short in a back-and-forth game at Western State Colorado University on Saturday night, falling 75-70. The loss drops the Eagles to 3-7 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and 3-10 overall while Western State improves to 4-9 and 3-6.
Head coach Janet Raymer said afterward that she saw positives, but ultimately was frustrated on failing to come away with the win.
"We did a few things better, like rebounding for instance. It's frustrating though. We had a lot of kids working hard but we couldn't come out on top. We can't blame anything on what's out of our control. You have to play basketball, and we just didn't get it done tonight."
Western State jumped out to an 11-2 lead, but responded outscored the Mountaineers 18-5 over the final 6 minutes of the 1st period to lead 20-16. The Eagles pushed the margin to 4, but Western State responded in the 2nd quarter and led 37-32 at the half.
The 3rd quarter saw the lead change hands 4 times in the last 1:36, but Western State took a 1-point lead going into the final period and built the margin to 9 with 2:25 remaining. The Eagles cut the deficit to 2 with less than :30 to go but could get no closer.
The Eagles put 5 players in double digits, led by Erin Graham with 14. Kalli Feddersen and Maddie Metzger each added 12 while Havannah Newisn and Leticia Rodriguez both scored 10, Rodriguez with a game-high 8 rebounds as well.
CSC had one of its best all-around offensive performances, shooting 47% from the field including 32% from 3-point range, going 12-16 from the foul line, and winning the rebound battle by 3 but Western State shot 51% overall and 56% fron long-range (9-16) and sank 18 of 26 free throws.
Raymer said the game came down to the CSC defense. "Seventy points is good for us offensively, but our defense needs to hold teams down in the sixties. We didn't cover up the three early, so we switched into man-to-man. Then they just drove on us, and we didn't have our help defense ready."
The Eagles return home for a single game next weekend, hosting Westminster College of Salt Lake on Friday night with tipoff at 5:30.
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