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Eagle women grind out win in opener

Eagle women grind out win in opener
(CSC Sports Information)

CHADRON, Neb. — November 8, 2019 — The 2019-20 Chadron State College women’s basketball season started the right way for the Eagles, who shot as high a percentage as any game last season in a 66-63 win Friday afternoon to begin 1-0 in a non-conference home matchup with Texas A&M-International.

“We’re more mature this year,” said CSC Head Women’s Basketball Coach Janet Raymer, “so we’re not just jacking up shots. Instead we’re looking for shots that are good for us. This team seems to know better what those shots look like. The majority of what we took were pretty decent looks for us.”

Though CSC scored first, led 28-17 at the half, and never gave up the lead, the Dustdevils remained calm and composed, and made a late run that put the game’s outcome in some doubt.

It began just after the seven-minute mark in the fourth quarter, when the Eagles had just matched their biggest lead of the game at 60-46, on a buried three by senior McKenna McClintic.

International’s Josselin Geer responded quickly with a sequence of seven straight points that included a layup, a three-pointer, a steal, and then another layup on fast break. Another three fell for the Dustdevils’ Patrycja Jaworska to complete a 10-0 run and draw the visitors to within four. They then whittled that down to one point over the final four minutes of play.

Although the momentum belonged to TAMIU, it quickly faded inside the final minute and a half. The Dustdevils, who sustained an 8-of-13 shooting pace to close to 64-63, missed on their final four shots, all threes, as CSC sophomore Jori Peters nailed her final pair of free throws to finish the scoring.

CSC finished 28-of-55 from the field for a 50.9 percent clip, its best since early January.

The Eagles defense held International to a mere five points in the second quarter.

Peters, along with senior newcomer Melisa Kadic, led the team with 17 points each. Peters did most of her work inside the paint and at the charity stripe, shooting 5-of-6 and 4-of-6, respectively. She added a team-high six assists. Kadic, meanwhile, went 3-of-6 from the perimeter and finished 7-of-10 in total from the field.

Junior guard Taryn Foxen added 12 points on 6-of-13 shooting.

Senior forward Jessica Lovitt brought down a game-best seven boards.

Forward Nicole Heyn was the leading scorer for International, putting together a 23-point, six-rebound game to lead her team in both categories.

“It feels really good to be 1-0,” Raymer said. “We stayed really aggressive and went after it. We didn’t get scared. We didn’t try to stall. We just went hard.”

Score by quarters      1    2    3    4    Total
Tex. A&M Int’l            12   5   21  25    63
Chadron State           15  13  21  17    66

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