The Chadron State College women’s basketball team took Adams State to the wire in the first game and lost by 12 points Saturday night to Fort Lewis, a team that had defeated the Eagles by 38 three weeks earlier, but continued find the victory column elusive while playing at home last weekend.
Adams State converted CSC’s 24 turnovers into 26 points and sank 29 of 33 free throws while pulling out a 77-74 verdict Friday night. The loss was the third in a row at home for the Eagles by one, two and now three points.
After breaking a 2-2 tie, Fort Lewis never trailed Saturday night, but the score was knotted at 20-20 at the end of the first quarter and 30-30 with 3 ½ minutes remaining in the second period.
The Skyhawks tallied the final seven points of the second stanza to take a 37-30 halftime lead. Chadron State cut the difference to two points early in the third frame, but the visitors led 59-51 heading into the fourth and were ahead by at least seven points the rest of the way. The final score was 78-66, but Fort Lewis had toppled the Eagles 86-48 on its home court on Dec. 30
CSC coach Janet Raymer said her team is improving, but hasn’t learned how to win. “We’re not quite there yet,” she stated. “We played hard both games, something I wondered about Saturday night after we’d lost another close one Friday night.”
A definite bright spot was the play by freshman Taryn Foxen. She tallied 17 points, had six rebounds and three steals against Adams State and then broke loose for 25 points, 10 rebounds and five steals against Fort Lewis. The 5-foot-10 graduate of Cherokee Trail High in Aurora, Colo., was 17 of 30 from the field in the two breakout performances.
Senior Kalli Feddersen also continued to be aggressive and productive. She scored 23 points, including 13 of 16 from the free throw line, and had eight rebounds and four assists against Adams State. The next night she finished with 16 points, including all six free throws she shot, and had five assists and three steals.
For the season, Feddersen is 126 of 153 (82.4 percent) from the charity stripe while no other RMAC coed has even gone to the free throw line more than 94 times. She’s averaging 14.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and four assists, all team highs, and each stat ranks among the top five in the RMAC this winter.
The loss to Adams State was a tough one.
The Eagles led 59-50 early in the fourth quarter, but Adams State chipped away, took a 66-64 lead with three minutes remaining on Stephanie Ruiz’s 3-pointer, then got two steals and layups from Ki’asha Harris and four free throws by Ruiz down the stretch to hold off the Eagles.
Two more free shots by Brooke Neal with three seconds left clinched the outcome.
Ruiz, a 5-9 freshman, led the Grizzlies with 19 points, 14 of them in the fourth quarter. Neal pumped in 18 points while going 12-12 at the free throw line, and Harris added 13 points besides grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds.
Besides Foxen and Ruiz, CSC fans got to watch another red-hot freshman Saturday night
Vivian Gray, a 6-1 freshman from Argyle, Texas, poured in 33 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, both career-highs, while leading Fort Lewis. She was 12 of 22 from the field and made all eight of her charity shots. The previous night, she’d tallied 27 points and pulled down nine rebounds during a 74-70 overtime loss to Regis in Denver.
The Skyhawks are now 16-4 overall and 10-4 in the RMAC. The Eagles, who were without senior center Kendra Baucom because of a sprained ankle both games and lost freshman guard Turek to a concussion early Saturday night, are 3-16 and 1-11.
Adams State 77, Chadron State 74
Adams State—Stephanie Ruiz 19, Brooke Neal 18, Ki’asha Harris 12, Nicole Mortensen 10, Trinity Betoney 7, Brooke Trujillo 4, Madison Merschel 4, Lijla Hadzialijagic 2, Kalli Hoiser 1. Totals: 22-70 (4-22) 29-33 77 points, 38 rebounds, 11 turnovers.
Chadron State—Kalli Feddersen 23, Taryn Foxen 17, Savannah Weidauer 15, Jessica Harvey 11, Brooke Turek 4, Jessica Lovitt 3, Allee Williamson 1. Totals: 26-54 (1-8) 21-31 74 points, 43 rebounds, 24
Adams State 13 22 13 29 ----77
Chadron State 21 13 19 21 ----74
3-pointers: ASU—Ruiz 3, Neil 1. CSC—Harvey 1.
Fort Lewis 78, Chadron State 66
Fort Lewis—Vivian Gray 33, Astrea Reed 11, Shelby Patterson 11, Kayla Herrera 10, Sydney Candelaria 5, Kelsey Wainright 4, Olivia Gray 3, Jordan Carter 1. Totals: 25-63 (4-16) 24-34 78 points, 41 rebounds, 18 turnovers.
Chadron State—Taryn Foxen 25, Kalli Federsen 16, McKenna McClintic 8, Letty Rodriguez 5, Savannah Weidauer 5, Brooke Turek 2, Jessica Harvey 2, Allee Williamson 2, Jessica Lovitt 1. Totals: 23-66 (4-13) 16-23 66 points, 42 rebounds, 21 turnovers.
Fort Lewis 20 17 22 19 ----78
Chadron State 20 10 21 15 ----66
3-pointers: FLC—V. Gray, O. Gray, Reed, Patterson, all 1. CSC—Feddersen 2, Foxen 1, Rodriguez 1.