LADY EAGLES FALL TO COUGARS

Posted 8 months ago

By John Axtell

CSC WBB 13 rageth CCUCHADRON — The free throw line was the difference Sunday afternoon as the Chadron State College women dropped a 62-58 decision to Colorado Christian University.

CCU was a blazing 22 of 23 from the foul line, including a perfect 15 for 15 in the second half, while the Eagles struggled and made just 11 of 22.

The tone of the game was set by a pair of runs. The first came in the first half, a 21-1 blitz by Chadron State that changed a 9-3 deficit into a 24-10 lead.

It was 26-18 at the intermission and CSC  scored the first 4 points of the second half to make it 30-18 when CCU caught fire…forcing turnovers and hitting shots after making just 5 of 30 in the opening half.

They went on a 17-5 run to catch the Eagles at 35, then scored 15 of the next 19 to build an 11-point lead. The Eagles fought back, cutting the difference to just 56-55 with 1:45 to play but couldn’t get over the hump.

Colorado Christian center Gillian Foster, the game’s leading scorer with 17 points, scored on a driving layup just as the shot clock was expiring with 33 seconds remaining on the game clock to make it 58-55, then an Eagle turnover led to a pair of free throws to push it to a 5 point deficit.

Greer Babbe got 2 back with a layup with 9 seconds left, the CSC had to foul and Taylor Torres, who was 9-10 from the foul line, added to more free throws to ice the win…although the Eagles got one last point when Kate Simonton went 1-2 from the line with just a second remaining.

The Cougars, who made just five of 30 field goal attempts in the first half, were 19-62 (30.6 percent) overall from the field. CSC made 21-48 (36.2 percent) field goal attempts and was just 11-20 from the free throw line.

CCU put 3 players in double figures…17 from Foster, who was a perfect 5-5 on foul shots after starting the weekend 10-20…15 from Torres…and another from Jessica Murdoch, who was 4-4 from the line and had 6 steals.

Senior forward Kattie Ranta led CSC with 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, giving her seven double-doubles in eight games this winter, but struggled from the field with 8-23 shooting. Kayli Rageth added 12 points and Dallas Shaw had 10 to go with nine rebounds.

The Eagles, now 1-7 and 1-3, will be back home this coming weekend to play Regis and Metro State.

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