The South Dakota School of Mines women's basketball team used a second-half scoring surge to defeat the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, 65-38, during a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference matchup Saturday afternoon at the King Center.
After a 28-28 halftime tie, the Hardrockers unleashed a furious offensive attack, outscoring the Mountain Lions 37-10 in the final two quarters.
For the game the Hardrockers shot 41.3 percent from the field making good on 26-of-63 shots, including 10-of-27 from three-point range and 3-of-5 from the free throw line.
Individually for Mines, sophomore Anna Haugen had an outstanding performance with a double-double cashing in for 15 points, while recording 20 rebounds and two assists.
Fellow sophomore Sami Steffeck was a great compliment on the outside, connecting on four of her seven three-point attempts to score 14 points. Junior Taylor Molstad contributed with 13 points and Krista Showalter added six points and six assists.
The win elevated the Hardrockers to 5-2 on the season and 1-1 in RMAC play.
Next up, Mines head to Colorado next weekend to take on Colorado Christian and the Colorado School of Mines.
Stephen F. Austin rolls over South Dakota in Texas
Stephen F. Austin came out with the lead early and kept the momentum going as the Ladyjacks stopped the South Dakota women's basketball team 77-55 inside WRJ Coliseum Saturday.
Stephen F. Austin (6-1) went on an 11-1 run over the final 2:26 of the first quarter to gain some cushion against South Dakota (4-4). From there, the Ladyjacks carried their momentum into the second quarter, not allowing USD to attempt a comeback.
Sophomore guard Madison McKeever recorded a team-high 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting from the field and tied her career high with four steals. Senior center Kate Liveringhouse and freshman guard Monica Arens tallied 10 points apiece. This is Monica Arens' third-straight game in double digits.
The Ladyjacks had five players with double-digit points. Forward Stevi Parker scored a game-high 16 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for Stephen F. Austin. Guard Riley Harvey chipped in 13 points and guard Chanell Hayes added 12 more. Guards Taylor Jackson and Alyssa Mayfield each tallied 10 points.
South Dakota outscored Stephen F. Austin in the paint 22-18, but the Ladyjacks forced the Coyotes to 26 turnovers leading to SFA 28 points.
South Dakota continues its travels in the lone star state as the Coyotes head to San Antonio, Texas, to face Incarnate Word at 6 p.m. CT Monday, Dec. 4.
Hardrockers drop Mountain Lions
The South Dakota School of Mines men's basketball team was primed Saturday night as it defeated the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, 80-63, during a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference meeting.
The Hardrockers jumped out to an early lead thanks in part to the accurate shooting on the perimeter. They shot 50 percent in the first half and knocked down 10-of-14 three-pointers. The hot shooting gave the home team a 46-30 edge at the half.
Mines was able to maintain its advantage over the final 20 minutes, outscoring the Mountain Lions, 34-33.
Individually from the Hardrockers, sophomore Jake Heath had an outstandings night making good on 10-of-12 attempts, including a 6-7 performance from behind the arc to lead his team with 26 points and six assists.
Freshman Troy Brady also had the hot hand from the outside, converting four three-pointers and finished with 14 points and four assists.
Sophomore Jack Fiddler contributed with 13 markers and senior Brian Orr added nine points.
South Dakota Mines (3-3 overall, 1-1 RMAC) will travel to Colorado Christian on Friday.
Johnson has 20 points, 14 boards as Missouri St. beats SDSU
Alize Johnson had 20 points while grabbing 14 rebounds to lead Missouri State to its fifth straight win, a 73-53 victory over South Dakota State on Saturday night.
Reggie Scurry came off the bench to score 14 points, hitting 6 of 9 field goals, and Jarrid Rhodes made all four attempts from long range for 12 points for Missouri State (7-2).
The Bears never trailed, taking a 43-26 lead into the break and pushing their advantage to 70-48 with 2:42 left in the game.
Missouri State hit 48 percent (30-62) from the floor, nailing 9 of 24 from long range. The Jackrabbits (7-3), who saw their four-game win streak snapped, was held to 21-of-59 (35 percent) shooting.
Tevin King led SDSU with 13 points and Reed Tellinghuisen added 12. Mike Daum, who averages 20 points a game, was held to just seven points on 3-of-14 shooting.
No. 1 Duke beats South Dakota 96-80 to improve to 10-0
Grayson Allen scored 15 of his 25 points in an 8-minute opening blitz and No. 1 Duke beat South Dakota 96-80 on Saturday.
Freshman Marvin Bagley III added 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Blue Devils (10-0). Duke shot 62 percent to lead 56-30 by halftime, then maintained a comfortable margin the rest of the way.
Allen made 6 of 7 shots with three 3-pointers in the early flurry that had him single-handedly outscoring the Coyotes midway through the opening half. And Bagley posted his eighth double-double of the season to tie Minnesota's Jordan Murphy for the national lead.
Duke got a boost from sophomore Javin DeLaurier, who scored a career-high 13 points to go with nine rebounds.
Tyler Hagedorn and Nick Fuller each scored 16 points for the Coyotes (7-3), who shot 50 percent after halftime and outscored Duke in the second half while playing from far behind.
Duke will face St. Francis (Pennsylvania) Tuesday while the Coyotes will host Drake Wednesday.