The Black Hills State University women's basketball team earned its first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference win, after defeating the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs 62-37 on Friday night at the Young Center.

The Yellow Jackets improve to 7-0 on the season and 1-0 to start conference play, while the Mountain Lions fall to 0-7 overall and 0-1 in conference.

In the first quarter, BHSU got off to slow start, as UCCS took the first leads of the game at 2-0 and 4-2.

The Yellow Jackets eventually took a 6-4 lead and used a 6-0 run to take a 16-8 advantage into the second quarter.

Black Hills State outscored the Mountain Lions 11-8 in the second to take a 27-16 lead into the half.

UCCS was able to cut the deficit to only seven in the second half (33-26), but the Yellow Jackets used a big fourth quarter to run away with the win.

BHSU shot 34.4 percent (21-of-61) from the field and 78.3 percent (18-of-23) from the line.

Rachel Erickson and Lyndzi Rich led the team with 14 points each, while Julia Seamans was right behind with 10.

Keely Bertram led the defense, grabbing seven rebounds.

Black Hills State continues conference action today, when it hosts Metropolitan State University-Denver at 4 p.m.

Men's Basketball

BHSU pulls away from Mountain Lions

The Yellow Jacket men's basketball team opened the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference schedule with a 77-66 victory over the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs on Friday evening.

Makaleb McInnis led the way for Black Hills State (4-1, 1-0 RMAC) with 20 points and seven rebounds. Dez Stoudamire scored 14 points, and Connor O'Hearn added 10.

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Fraser Malcolm recorded his fourth double-figure rebounding game of the year, pulling down 12 boards. He also scored nine points.

After a back and forth first half, BHSU went into the half with a 37-31 lead.

Although the Yellow Jackets stretched the lead out to as many as 11, the Mountain Lions fought back to draw within two points with just under four minutes remaining in the game.

Black Hills State responded with a 14-3 run to finish the game.

Jonathan Barnes, Justin Smith and Elijah Ross all scored 12 points for the Mountain Lions.

The Yellow Jackets look to move to 2-0 in RMAC play today when they host MSU-Denver at 6 p.m.

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