Overcoming an 11-point deficit, the Black Hills State University women's basketball team upset No. 13 Fort Lewis College on Friday evening at the Young Center in Spearfish, 53-48.
Black Hills State improves to 12-4 on the season and 6-4 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference action, while Fort Lewis falls to 15-2 overall and 9-2 in conference play.
Although the Yellow Jackets carried an early lead at times, the Skyhawks took an 18-17 advantage into the second quarter.
Fort Lewis started to pull away in the second quarter and took an 11-point lead (34-23) into the half.
In the third quarter, Black Hills State began to battle back and went on an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to just two points.
In the final seconds of the third quarter, Remi Wientjes hit a buzzer beater layup to give the Yellow Jackets their first lead of the game at 41-40.
In the fourth, BHSU outscored the Skyhawks 12-8 to close out the game and pick up the upset win.
"That was a huge team win for us," BHSU coach Mark Nore said. "Rachel (Erickson) was a huge force for us in the second half. We had quality minutes from Hannah Cass and Alyssia Martinez. All out team defensive second half performance. A great defensive win."
Erickson led all scorers with 20 points. She went 7-of-13 from the floor, 3-of-6 from beyond the arc and 3-of-5 from the free throw line. Cass was right behind Erickson with nine points.
Katie Messler led the defense, tying her season-high with 12 rebounds.
The Yellow Jackets return to action today, when it hosts Adams State University at 4 p.m.
BHSU men shock RMAC leader Fort Lewis
Makaleb McInnis recorded a double-double as the Black Hills State University men's basketball team defeated No. 21 Fort Lewis College, 67-64, on Friday evening.
McInnis scored 20 points and pulled down 11 boards to lead the Yellow Jackets (9-5, 6-4 RMAC) to the upset victory. Fraser Malcolm and Stefan Desnica each added 10 points, while Connor O'Hearn had six points and four assists.
BHSU came out looking to make a statement, making three three-pointers in the first three minutes of the game.
The Skyhawks (13-3, 9-2 RMAC) came back to tie the game, 9-9, but a three by Malcolm with 13:14 gave the lead back to the Yellow Jackets, who led 30-26 at halftime.
Baskets by Fraser Malcolm, stefan Desnica, and Patrick Mendes extended the lead back out to nine points. Fort Lewis would not go easily, cutting the lead again to two, 53-51, with 4:59 left in the game. As the game came down the stretch, McInnis had two important offensive rebounds off missed free throws to give the Yellow Jackets extra possessions and the chance to run out the clock.
BHSU shot 39.3 percent from the field (22-for-56), while FLC was 38.5 percent from the floor (20-for-52). The Yellow Jackets were 12-for-29 (41.4 percent) from beyond the arc, while the Skyhawks were 4-for-10 (40.0 percent) on three-pointers. BHSU was 11-for-17 (64.7 percent) from the free throw line, while Fort Lewis was 20-for-31 (65.5 percent). The Green and Gold were outrebounded, 39-35.
For the Rangers, Brandon Wilson led the way with 16 points, while Rasmus Bach had 11, and Riley Farris added 10. Bach, the RMAC Preseason Player of the Year, was held to his second lowest scoring output this season (9 points, twice).
Black Hills State hosts Adams State tonight at 6 p.m.