MSU-Denver 91, Chadron State 78
It was zero degrees outside, but both teams were hot inside the Chicoine Center at Chadron State College on Friday night as Metropolitan State University of Denver scored its most points of the season during a 91-78 victory over the Eagles in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference action.
The Roadrunners shot 48 percent from the field and the Eagles 45. Metro entered the game shooting 41 percent and Chadron at 36 percent for the season.
Chadron State’s point total matched its second highest of the season.
The game’s hottest shooter was Metro’s Jonalyn Wittwer, a 6-foot junior. She made all eight of her shots while tallying a game high 21 points. She was seven-of-seven from the field, six of them three-pointers, and made her only free throw. She entered the game averaging 6.2 points.
Wittwer got plenty of help from three seniors. Georgia Ohrdorf added 17 points, J’Nae Squires-Horton 16 and Mikala Gordon 15. The Roadrunners are now 17-7 overall and 13-5 and tied for second place in the RMAC.
Even though Metro led all the way its halftime margin was just 39-35. The Roadrunners built the difference to 24 points in the fourth quarter, but the Eagles tallied the game’s final 10 points.
Chadron State was led by freshman Taryn Foxen with 20 points and senior Kalli Feddersen with 18 to go with seven assists. Junior Savannah Weidauer contributed 10 points and joined Feddersen and Gordon to lead the rebounders with six apiece.
Metro finished with 35 caroms and the Eagles 33, but Chadron State had 18 turnovers, five more than the visitors. The Eagles outscored the Denver team 28-19 from the free throw line.
The Eagles will host Colorado-Colorado Springs tonight (Saturday).
Score by quarters:
Metro State 20 19 33 19 —-91
Chadron State 15 20 26 17 —-78
Metro State—Jonalyn Wittwer 21, George Ohrdorf 17, J’Nae Squires-Horton 16, Mikala Gordon 15, Jaelynn Smith 8, Emily Hartegan 6, Bree Wellington 6, Mikayla Gonzalez 2. Totals: 32-67 (8-20) 19-23 91 points, 35 rebounds, 13 turnovers.
Chadron State—Taryn Foxen 20, Kalli Feddersen 18, Savannah Weidauer 10, Jessica Harvey 8, Brooke Turek 6, McKenna McClintic 5, Allee Williamson 2, Kenzie Brennan 3, Kendra Baucom 2, Letty Rodriguez 2. Totals: 22-49 (6-15) 28-37 78 points, 33 rebounds, 18 turnovers.
3-pointers—MSU-D–Wittwer 6, Squires-Horton 2. CSC—Foxen 2, Feddersen 2, Harvey 1, Brennan 1.
UCCS 72, Chadron State 53
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs led by just 32-27 at halftime, but outscored Chadron State College 23-12 in the third period to break the game open and go on to defeat the Eagles 72-53 in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women’s basketball game Saturday night.
The Mountain Lions, now 9-14 overall and 9-9 in the conference, were nine of 16 from the field while building a 55-39 advantage in the third period. Chadron State, meanwhile, made only one of its nine shots from the field in the third, and the cold shooting carried over to the free throw line, where the hosts were just 10 of 19 in the quarter.
The Eagles finished the night 20-of-30 at the charity stripe and Colorado Springs only 5-of-6. But the Mountain Lions sank 29 field goals, including nine three-pointers. The Eagles managed only 14 field goals, a season low, although five of them were treys.
Lauren Bennett, a six-foot junior, led the Lions with 17 points while going 7-of-8 from the field, including 2-of-3 from behind the arc and making her only free shot. Sophomore guard Maddi Golla contributed 12 points. Four Lions were next on the scoring chart with points apiece.
Because of injuries, the Eagles, who turned the ball over 25 times against the Lions’ quick defenders, had only four players on the bench for the game.
Chadron State will be back in action Tuesday night to host Regis, which edged Colorado Springs 73-69 in overtime Friday night in Denver.
Score by quarters:
Colorado Springs 16 16 23 17 —72
Chadron State 11 16 12 14 —53
Colorado Springs—Lauren Bennett 17, Maddie Golla 12, Kelly O’Flannigan 6, Mia Carter 6, Abby Feickert 6, Kristin Vigil 6, Caley Barnard 5, Madi Gaibler 5, Emily Seifert 4, Tatum Tellin 3, Shanah Leaf 2. Totals: 29-68 (9-22) 5-6 72 points, 32 rebounds, 14 turnovers.
Chadron State—Taryn Foxen 21, Jessica Harvey 13, Kalli Feddersen 11, Kendra Baucom 3, Letty Rodriguez 2, Savannah Weidauer 2, McKenna McClintic 1. Totals: 14-49 (5-17) 20-30 53 points, 43 rebounds, 25 turnovers.
3-pointers: UCCS—Goill 4, Bennett 2, Tellin 1, Gaibler 1, Caley Barnard 1. CSC—Foxen 2, Harvey 2, Feddersen 1.