Both Chadron State College basketball teams will wrap up their 2017-18 schedules this weekend by hosting long-time rivals Black Hills State on Friday night and South Dakota Mines on Saturday night. As usual, both twin-bills will start at 5:30.
Both CSC teams have struggled this season, during their second year of rebuilding programs under new coaches. Several freshmen and transfers have been blended with a smattering of holdovers.
The Lady Eagles are 5-21 overall and 3-17 in the RMAC. The men are 3-23 and 1-19. A few W’s this weekend would help bolster hopes for the future, but they’ve been scarce.
The Black Hills State women are 20-6 for the season and 14-6 and tied for third in the conference with Colorado Mines and behind only CSU-Pueblo (18-2) and Metro State (15-5). The Lady Jackets are averaging 68 points and giving up only 53.2, the lowest in the RMAC and tied for fourth in all of Division II.
The team’s only senior, Rachel Erickson, leads the Lady Jackets at 13 points a game.
The Black Hills men are 14-10 and 11-9. They’ve won just two games away from home, but are still fighting for one of the eight slots in the RMAC Shootout that starts next week. Their top gun is 6-6 Fraser Malcolm, a native of Scotland (the country, not the town in South Dakota) at 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds a game.
The South Dakota Mines women are also in the hunt for the conference playoffs. They are 16-10 for the season and 11-9 in league play. Sophomores Anna Haugen and Sami Steffeck lead the Lady Hardrockers at 10.4 and 9.8 points a game. Haugen is also averaging 8.5 points.
With a 7-18 season record and a 4-16 conference log, the Mines men are out of the playoff picture. They have lost 12 of their last 13 contests. Sophomore Logan Elers, a 6-7 New Zealander, and 6-1 freshman Troy Brady pace the Hardrockers with 13.4 and 12.1 scoring averages, respectively.
Both Chadron State teams put up strong fights in recent games, lending encouragement that they can be competitive. In their last game, the CSC women took playoff-bound Regis into overtime before losing 86-76. The CSC men led Colorado-Colorado Springs 45-32 at halftime and Regis 34-20 at intermission and 42-20 early in the second half before running out of steam and falling 74-70 and 73-67.