Although the score was much different, the Chadron State women’s basketball team defeated Colorado Christian for the second time this season while playing in Lakewood on Friday night.
Chadron State scored a season-high 80 points while caging the Cougars by 11 points when they met in Chadron on Dec. 2. Exactly, two months later, CSC won 56-40. No matter the fewer points or the shrunken point difference, the Eagles enjoyed the victory, their second in a row and fifth of the season.
The Eagles didn’t shoot well from the field Friday night, connecting on just 15 of 57 shots for 26 percent. However, they were 23 of 28 at the free throw line and turned the ball over only 12 times. Colorado Christian was 16 of 44 from the field, 7 of 15 at the charity stripe and lost the ball 30 times versus the pesky CSC defense.
Chadron State led all the way after breaking an 8-8 tie on two Kalli Feddersen free throws. The senior point guard finished the game 14 of 16 from the line, scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed a team-best seven rebounds.
Freshman Taryn Foxen continued her recent surge, scoring 17 points and came up with seven of CSC’s 10 steals. She also had five rebounds.
The Eagles led 29-17 at halftime and remained ahead by at least 11 points the rest of the way.
Jordan Baer, a 5-foot-10 junior, led the hosts with 18 points and 14 rebounds. The Cougars, now 4-13, lost their leading scorer, senior Alex Nelson, a native of LaVista, to a badly broken nose when they visited Chadron in December. She was averaging 16 points a game, but was advised by medical personnel not to play basketball again because of the injury.
The Eagles got off to a strong start Saturday night at Colorado Mines in Golden, holding a 31-28 lead. But CSC made just three of 19 shots from the field and missed all three of their free throws while the Orediggers outscored them 23-6 in the third period on their way to a 71-55 victory.
CSC coach Janet Raymer said she was pleased with the way the Eagles pushed the ball up the court and got to the basket in the first half, but said they settled for too many outside shots that didn’t connect in the third frame.
The Eagles shot just 27 percent from the field while Mines, which, bolstered by 47 percent in the second half, hit 38.2 percent
A trio of juniors led the Orediggers, now 11-5 in the RMAC. Cassidy Budge, who sank three of four 3-point shots, finished with 16 points and both Nicole Archambeau and Emily Bailey added 13.
Feddersen had 14 points and freshman Taryn Foxen 11 to again led CSC’s scoring, but both were among the Eagles whose shooting was frigid. Foxen also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and Feddersen was seven of nine from the free throw line, bringing her season totals at the charity stripe to 160 of 195 for 82.1 percent.
She’s made 67 more and shot 85 more free throws than any other female player in the RMAC this season.
Chadron State—Kalli Feddersen 20, Taryn Foxen 17, Jessica Harvey 6, McKenna McClintic 5, Kendra Baucom 4, Letty Rodriguez 2, Savannah Weidauer 2. Totals: 15-57 (3-19) 23-28 56 points, 35 rebounds, 7 turnovers.
Colorado Christian—Jordan Baer 18, Brookelyn Hurlbut 7, Sarah McGinley 7, Bryanne Olson 3, Corrina Archuleta 2, Savannah Cox 2, Laurel Tomlinson 1. Totals: 16-44 (1-12) 7-15 40 points, 42 rebounds, 30 turnovers.
Chadron State—Kalli Feddersen 14, Taryn Foxen 11, Jessica Harvey 8, Kendra Baucom 7, Bailey Brooks 5, McKenna McClintic 4, Savannah Weidauer 4, Letty Rodriguez 2. Total: 18-67 (4-19) 15-22 55 points, 48 rebounds, 15 turnovers.
Colorado Mines—Cassidy Budge 16, Emily Bailey 13, Nicole Archambeau 13, Elizabeth Tomon 10, Anna Kollmorgen 6, Paige Husa 4, Katie Kuhn 3, Herrera Williams 2, Mikaela Moore 2, Courtney Stanton 2, Caitlyn Smith 1. Totals: 26-68 (7-18) 12-20 71 points, 49 rebounds, 13 turnovers.