(Neb.)- CSC Hoops Teams Finish Season At Home
CHADRON, Neb. -- Both Chadron State College basketball teams will wrap up their 2017-18 schedules this weekend by hosting long-time rivals Black Hills State University on Friday night and South Dakota School of Mines & Technology on Saturday night. As usual, both twin-bills will start at 5:30.
Both CSC teams have struggled this season, during the second year of rebuilding programs under new coaches. Several freshmen and transfers have been blended with a smattering of holdovers.
The Eagle women are 5-21 overall and 3-17 in the RMAC. The men are 3-23 and 1-19. A few W's this weekend would reward the hard work the coaches and players have put in and help bolster hopes for the future.
The Black Hills State women are 20-6 for the season and 14-6 and tied for third in the conference with Colorado Mines and behind only CSU-Pueblo (18-2) and Metro State (15-5). The Jackets are averaging 68 points and giving up only 53.2, the lowest in the RMAC and tied for fourth in all of Division II.
The team's only senior, Rachel Erickson, leads the Yellow Jacket women at 13 points a game. She was the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference's Offensive Player of the Week last week after scoring 19 points during a 60-54 win over Colorado Mesa.
The Black Hills men are 14-10 and 11-9. They've won just two of 10 games on the road, but are still fighting for one of the eight slots in the RMAC Shootout that starts next week. Their top gun is 6-6 Fraser Malcolm, a native of Scotland (the country, not the town in South Dakota) at 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds a game.
The South Dakota Mines women are also in the hunt for the conference playoffs. They are 16-10 for the season and 11-9 in league play. Sophomores Anna Haugen and Sami Steffeck lead the Lady Hardrockers at 10.4 and 9.8 points a game. Haugen is also averaging 8.5 rebounds.
With a 7-18 season record and a 4-16 conference log, the Mines men are out of the playoff picture. They have lost 12 of their last 13 contests. Sophomore Logan Elers, a 6-7 New Zealander, and 6-1 freshman Troy Brady pace the Hardrockers with 13.4- and 12.1-point scoring averages, respectively.
Both Chadron State teams battled hard in recent games, lending encouragement that they can be competitive.
In their last game, the CSC women took playoff-bound Regis into overtime before losing 85-76.
The CSC men led the University of Colorado Colorado Springs 45-32 at halftime and Regis 34-20 at intermission and 42-20 early in the second half before running out of steam and falling 74-70 and 73-67, respectively.
On Friday, the Eagle Dance Team will perform twice, at halftime of both games, for its season finale at CSC sporting events.
Saturday night, between the women's and men's games, seniors from both CSC teams will be honored in a brief ceremony. They are Kendra Baucom, Kalli Feddersen, and Leticia Rodriguez, for the women, and Matt Reader for the Eagle men.
Also on Saturday, the second annual Big Boy Basketball game, between CSC football's offense and defense, will be played at halftime of the women's game. The Chadron State Cheer Team will also perform its season finale.
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