A young but promising University of Sioux Falls women’s basketball team built a 35-17 halftime lead and went on to defeat Chadron State on Dec. 19 in the first-ever game between the female hoops quintets from the two schools.

With Chadron State senior Kalli Feddersen demonstrating lots of determination, the second half was a much different story than the first. Each team scored 43 points in the final 20 minutes, but Sioux Falls maintained at least a 10-point lead and came away with a 78-60 victory.

Feddersen, who has been struggling with her shooting much of the season and scored just two points in the first half, tallied 18 of CSC’s 26 points, in the fourth quarter and finished with a season-high 23 points.

To her credit, Feddersen also continued to rebound with authority, grabbing a dozen caroms and led the Eagles in that category for the sixth time in seven games. She’s now averaging 13.2 points and 8.2 rebounds, both team-highs, but is shooting only 29 percent from the field for the season.

“Kalli’s been having trouble with her shot, but she keeps battling and doing her best,” CSC coach Janet Raymer said. “It the fourth quarter, she drove to the basket, was four of six from the field, three of them layups, and got fouled often enough to go 10 of 12 from the line. She was determined to make something happen.”

The Eagles also got a strong game from another senior, center Kendra Baucom. She scored a career-high 14 points on seven of 13 shooting from the field. It’s just the second time she’s scored in double figures since joining the Eagles a year ago.

“She was looking at the basket,” Raymer said of Baucom. “It will really help us if she will keep that up.”

But no one else scored more than seven points for the Eagles, who were 3-9 entering the holidays after beginning the schedule with a pair of wins over teams from Texas. Injuries have slowed several CSC players much of the season and Raymer is hoping the break will help them recover and make the team more competitive.

A major problem has been turnovers, and it bit the Eagles again at Sioux Falls. They committed 21 compared to the Cougars’ 10. It was the fourth straight game that the Eagles have turned the ball over at least 20 times.

Raymer said many of the turnovers were unforced, but Sioux Falls was credited with 10 steals. The hosts scored 29 points off the CSC turnovers while the Eagles managed just three points in that category.

Sioux Falls, now 8-2, had four players score in double figures. Kaely Hummel, a 5-8 sophomore, led with 17 points, giving her at least 10 points in all 10 games this season. Freshman Lauren Sanders contributed 16 and two more sophs, Maria Szymanski and Augusta Thramer, added 13 and 12, respectively.

Thramer also was credited with six steals and six assists.

The Cougars shot 40 percent compared to CSC’s 35 percent from the field, and made eight of 30 3-pointers while the Eagles were three of 12 from behind the arc. Each team missed just three free throws. Sioux Falls was 18 of 21 and Chadron State, led by Feddersen’s late charge, was 17 of 20.

Only four fouls were called on each team in the first half.

Sioux Falls 78, Chadron State 60

Chadron State—Kalli Feddersen 23, Kendra Baucom 14, Jessica Lovitt 7, Brooke Turek 7, Savannah Weidauer 4, Jessica Harvey 3, Bailey Brooks 2. Totals: 20-57 (3-12) 17-20 60 points, 39 rebounds, 21 turnovers.

Sioux Falls—Kaely Hummel 17, Lauren Sanders 16, Mariah Szymanski 13, Augusta Thramer 12, Jacey Huinker 6, Moira Duff 6, Mari Smitsdorff 4, Andi Mataloni 2, Ashley Hodell 2. Totals: 26-56 (8-30) 18-21 78 points, 36 rebounds, 13 turnovers.

Chadron State 10 7 17 26 ----60

Sioux Falls 19 16 18 25 ----78

3-pointers: CSC—Lovitt, Turek, Harvey, all 1. SF—Hummel 3, Sanders 3, Szymanski 2.