(Neb.)-Pearce Goes For 18 As Eagle Women Start 2-0
CHADRON, Neb. -- November 11, 2017 -- Junior guard Keeley Pearce had a career-high 18 points on Saturday evening, and the Chadron State College women's basketball team earned the program's first 2-0 start in 17 years. The Eagles survived a heart-stopping final two minutes, and nailed five straight free throws to take the lead at 13 seconds on the clock, before Pearce shielded the potential game-winning three-point shot at the final buzzer to down Texas A&M-Kingsville at home in the Chicoine Center.
"I'm proud of the way we played tonight," said CSC Head Coach Janet Raymer. "We got better, and that's what matters. Keeley has been dominant and hitting her shots in practice, and it's great to see her put it together in a game."
She also added that the team did particularly well at boxing out to grab rebounds.
Chadron State played 12 different players in the game, for the second game in a row.
The Eagles got out to a 15-6 run to start the game, but gave up four field goals in the final four minutes of the first quarter. Coach Raymer noted that the Javelinas ran in some athletic players forcing her team to switch to a zone defense.
The game featured 14 lead changes and seven ties through the last three periods, as the two teams traded quarters with the shooting advantage.
A critical turning point in the game was Jessica Harvey's deft swipe of the ball from TAMK's Tatyana McFarland after a defensive rebound by the opponent. The steal came an instant before McFarland was called with a foul, to put the Javelinas at five for the quarter. Harvey strode to the line and knocked down both free throws to end a 5-0 run by the visitors.
Harvey was responsible for the ensuing defensive rebound which she dished to CSC guard Kalli Feddersen, who got to the line and hit two foul shots to tie the game.
McFarland turned the ball over again on her team's next trip down the floor, and Savannah Weidauer hit the game-winning free throw to set the final score in place.
Victoria Salinas was the leading scorer for the Javelinas with 11 points. McFarland pitched in eight, and led both teams with 14 boards.
CSC's Feddersen was near a triple-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists - five of which came in the first half. She went through the first two quarters scoreless, but went 2-of-6 from three-point range and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe in the second half.
The Eagles are in Billings next weekend to meet Concordia-Portland and host Montana State Billings on Thursday, and Saturday, respectably.
Score by Periods 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Tex. A&M-Kingsville........... 15 15 14 12 - 56
Chadron State College......... 15 11 19 12 - 57
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