(Neb)-Free Throws Give Lady Eagles 80-69 Victory
Jessica Harvey, Savannah Weidauer
CHADRON, Neb. -- The Chadron State College women's basketball team tied a nearly 25-year-old record on Monday evening, sinking 37 of 42 shots from the foul line to salt away an 80-69 win over Colorado Christian University at home in the Chicoine Center.
The Eagles were 11-14 from the foul line in the final 1:27 alone as CCU began firing up 3-pointers and immediately fouling once the ball was inbounded. The Cougars were only 8-21 from long-range for the game, but 4-7 in the last 2:29 as they twice cut the margin to 7 only to see Chadron State continue to score from the line.
The CSC record for most free throws made is 37, set in 1992-93 against Fort Hays State. Last night, senior guard Kalli Feddersen was 12-of-14 and freshman Jessica Harvey a perfect 10-of-10. Only 3 times has a Lady Eagle made more from the foul line in a game without a miss.
CSC Head Coach Janet Raymer was pleased with the free throw shooting. "We put a huge emphasis on free throw shooting in practice, after we didn't show that on Friday. We want to get used to games like this where we build a big lead early, and hold onto it."
CSC, now 3-4, jumped out to leads of 21-9 after 1 quarter and 34-19 at halftime lead by shooting 46% from the field and holding CCU to 21%. The Eagles cooled off in the 2nd half, but still outshot the Cougars 40%-33% for the game and outscored them by 37-19 from the line. CCU was also hot from the line - 19-22.
Raymer acknowledged the differences between the two halve. " Defensively we did a great job in the first half. I was very happy with that. We let up too much in the second, and we need to work on that, but in the end we were pretty happy."
Both Feddersen and Harvey finished with 16 points and 4 assists, each team highs, with Feddersen also grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds, completing her eighth double-double in an Eagle uniform.
Brooke Turek added 13, Keeley Pearce 11 and Jessica Lovitt 10.
"We all have a role," said sophomore Allee Williamson after her first career start. "We know, as a team, what passes are good. This was about relaxing and getting the players open that were hot tonight. Jessica Lovitt started out good, so we got it to her inside. We're pretty good about doing that."
Haley Shaner led Christian with 29 points, 13 in the final 2:29 when she made all 6 of her shots - 3 from 3-point territory and 2 from the foul line. For the game, Shaner was 5-7 from long-range and 8 of 8 from the charity stripe. Sarah Holt chipped in 15
. The Eagles held Alex Nelson, the RMAC's leading scorer, to just 3 points as she sat out the 2nd half after an apparent blow to the face.
The CSC women are 3-4 for the season and picked up their first RMAC win of the season to improve to 1-1 in the league.
They now face a series of 7 straight games on the road, beginning with Colorado-Colorado Springs and Metro State in Denver this weekend. The team won't return to the Chicoine Center until next year on January 5-6.
Colorado Christian—Haley Shaner 29, Sarah Holt 15, Jordan Baer 8, Madison Price 6, Brookelyn Hurlbut 4, Alex Nelson 3, Bryanne Olson 2, Grace Sinnott 2. Totals: 21-64 (8-21) 19-22 69 points, 34 rebounds, 11 turnovers.
Chadron State—Kalli Feddersen 16, Jessica Harvey 16, Brooke Turek 13, Keeley Pearce 11, Jessica Lovitt 10, Kendra Baucom 8, Taryn Foxen 2, Bailey Brooks 2, Savannah Weidauer 2. Totals: 20-50 (3-12) 37-42 80 points, 41 rebounds, 17 turnovers.
Colo. Christian 9 10 22 28 ----69
Chadron State 21 13 23 23 ----80
3-pointers: CCU—Shaner 5, Holt 3. CSC—Harvey 2, Pearce 1.
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