The Black Hills State University women's basketball team opened the regular season with a 66-41 victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville on Friday evening at the Young Center in Spearfish..

Rachel Erickson led the way for the Yellow Jackets with 16 point, Julia Seamans added 11 points and Katie Messler had six rebounds to lead the squad.

The two teams took a few minutes to get into the game, and Keely Bertram opened the scoring with a layup with 7:44 remaining in the first quarter.

BHSU began to pull away with four minutes remaining, as Abby Switzer and Seamans each hit a 3-pointer to put the Yellow Jackets up 12-5 early.

Black Hills State extended its lead to 37-23 at the half, before taking a 52-30 advantage headed into the fourth.

The Yellow Jackets will host Texas A&M-International today at 6 p.m.

Hardrockers kick off season with win

The South Dakota School of Mines women's basketball team opened the Conference Crossover Classic in Durango, Colo., with a 76-57 win over Eastern New Mexico in the first game of the 2017-18 season.

The Hardrockers gained a slight edge over the Greyhounds in the third quarter. Mines went on a roll over the final 10 minutes, hitting some clutch outside shots on offense and shut down Eastern New Mexico on defense to earn the win.

The Hardrockers were paced in scoring by junior Taylor Molstad with 12 points, notching 8-of-10 from the foul line.

Sophomore Sami Steffeck was hot from the perimeter, hitting three of her six attempts from behind the arc and finished the game with 11 points, one assist and one steal.

South Dakota Mines will conclude the Conference Crossover Classic today with a 5 p.m. game against The University of Texas-Permian Basin.

Men’s Basketball

Malcolm leads BHSU past Yellowstone Christian

Fraser Malcolm’s double-double carried the Black Hills State University men's basketball team to a season opening 86-52 win against the Yellowstone Christian Centurions on Friday night at the Young Center.

Wyatt Krogman led the way with 13 points, while Malcolm scored 12 and grabbed a team high 11 rebounds (seven on the offensive end).

McKaleb McInnis added his first double-digit game, scoring 11 points.

Despite trailing early, the Yellow Jackets had little trouble with the Centurions, jumping out to a 38-27 lead at the half.

BHSU ran away with it in the second half, outscoring Yellowstone Christian 48-25 to seal the season-opening win.

The Yellow Jackets returns to action tonight when they complete a back-to-back matchup with the Centurions. Tipoff is slated for 4 p.m.

Mines men drop season opener

The South Dakota School of Mines men's basketball team ran into a hot shooting Texas A&M-Kingsville squad Friday to open the 2017-18 season in Kingsville, Texas.

The Hardrockers couldn't keep pace and fell to the Javelinas, 71-53, in non-conference action.

The home team did a lot of damage to the visiting 'Rockers in the first half, outscoring Mines 38-27.

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Kingsville kept the momentum in the second half, as it closed out the game outscoring the Hardrockers 33-26.

The Javelinas finished the night shooting 48 percent from the field, hitting 29-of-61 shots, while the Hardrockers went 19-of-48 baskets for 40 percent shooting from the field.

Individually for Mines, freshman Troy Brady led the way with 12 points, one assists and one steal. Sophomore Tristan Von Nieda nearly pulled off a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds.

The Hardrockers continue competition today in Texas traveling to Laredo for a 4 p.m. game against Texas A&M-International.

Women’s Volleyball

Yellow Jackets lose season finale

The Black Hills State University volleyball team fell in its final regular season match to the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs in straight sets on Friday night.

The Yellow Jackets fell behind early, dropping the first set 25-23. UCCS continued to put on the pressure the rest of the way, taking the second set 25-22, before sealing the win with a 25-13 third set.

Ellise Lech led the way on offense with 11 kills, followed by Kenzie Kazmer with five. Laurel Lech notched a double-double with 24 assists and 10 digs.

On defense, Laurel Lech led the way with five blocks on top of her 10 digs, while the team tallied seven total blocks.

Black Hills State closes out the regular season with an 11-16 record, including an 8-10 RMAC record.

The Yellow Jackets need Chadron State to lose its last game on Saturday night to make the postseason.

If the Eagles lose, Black Hills State will travel to take on the No. 1 seed on Tuesday.

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