(Neb.)- Eagles Hoping For Upsets In South Dakota
CHADRON, Neb. -- The Chadron State College basketball teams will be striving to spring some upsets when they visit South Dakota this weekend.
The Eagles will meet South Dakota Mines in Rapid City on Friday and Black Hills State in Spearfish on Saturday. The double-headers will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday and 4 o'clock Saturday.
All four of the host teams have been playing well lately and defeated the Eagles when they visited the Chicoine Center two weeks ago.
The South Dakota Mines women have won 10 of their last 11 games and are now 12-9 overall and 10-7 in the RMAC, good for seventh place in the 14-team standings. They built a 42-22 halftime margin and went on to outscore the Lady Eagles 77-49 two weeks ago in Chadron. The Lady Rockers' top guns are Ryan Weiss and Anna Haugen with 16.4- and 14-point averages.
The Hardrockers' men have won their last four games and are 13-10 for the season and, like the women's team, 10-7 in the conference, putting them sixth in the standings. They topped the Eagles 88-77 on Feb. 1 in the Chicoine Center behind 27 points by guard Allec Williams and 22 by center Mitch Sueker.
Sueker is this week's RMAC Defensive Player of the Week after scoring 37 points and grabbing 20 rebounds during victories of 101-94 over New Mexico Highlands and 73-44 over CSU-Pueblo last weekend.
Both Black Hills State teams have won three of their last four games. The women are 14-8 overall and 11-6 in the RMAC. They bested the Lady Eagles 70-60 two weeks ago behind 23 points by Morgan Ham and 17 by Racquel Wientjes, a pair of small-town South Dakota coeds who are averaging 14.7 and 17.0 points, respectively.
The Yellow Jackets' men had their 13-game winning streak snapped by CSU-Pueblo 68-67 in Spearfish last Friday night, but are still 17-6 for the season and 14-3 in the conference. They are tied with Dixie State at the top of the league standings. Colorado Mines is third at 12-5.
The Black Hills State men outscored the Eagles 46-28 in the first half in Chadron two weeks ago and won 97-74. Three players combined for 77 points for the Yellow Jackets in that game, led by guard Trey Whitley with 37. Tyler Oliver checked in with 22 and Joel Scott with 18.
During the Yellow Jackets' loss to Pueblo, the ThunderWolves led 38-26 at halftime. Black Hills finally went ahead on Scott's 3-pointer with 6.2 seconds to play. But Pueblo's Tyson Gilbert went the length of the court for a layup an instant before the buzzer sounded to snatch the one-point verdict.
South Dakota Mines blasted the ThunderWolves by 29 points the following night.
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