COLORADO SPRINGS -- January 3, 2023 -- The second quarter proved to be the downfall for the Chadron State College women's basketball team Tuesday afternoon during a 72-66 loss to homestanding Colorado-Colorado Springs in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game.

The Mountain Lions led by only 20-16 through the first period, but they outscored the Eagles 13-1 to open the second quarter.  More than seven minutes had ticked off the clock before CSC made a field goal in second stanza.  The drought helped Colorado Springs have a 37-26 halftime margin.

The Lions led by as many as 17 points in the third quarter, but the Eagles never gave up and played better in the second half, when they scored 20 points in each period and outscored the hosts 40-35.  CSC eventually got the difference down to five points with eight seconds remaining.

Chadron State Coach Janet Raymer said she liked the way the Eagles kept working and didn't fade away, but noted that the second period slump was too much to overcome.

The Eagles shot 32.2% from the field while UCCS shot 39%.  Each team made four three-pointers, but shot less than 30% from afar. Both went to the free throw line 31 times, with the Eagles making 24, including 16-of-19 in the second half, while the Lions meshed 18 fouls shots, but only 10-of-21 in the final 20 minutes.

Shay Powers again led the Eagles in scoring and rebounding with 18 points and seven caroms.  Freshman point guard Kyra Tanabe was three-of-six on three-point shots, while finishing with 14 points, and Samiyah Worrell added 13.

Gracie Haneborg scored 18 points and claimed seven rebounds while Maison White had 17 and eight to pace the Mountain Lions. Both are sophomores.

UCCS is now 4-9 for the season and 3-4 in the RMAC. CSC is 2-11 and 2-5. The Eagles will remain on the road and play at Colorado Mesa in Grand Junction on Friday night and at Westminster in Salt Lake City on Saturday.

                Chadron State—Shay Powers 18, Kyra Tanabe 14, Samiyah Worrell 13, Awoti Akoi 7, Olivia Waufle 6, Elle Ravenscroft 4, Allison Olsen 2, Kadyn Comer 2.  Totals: 19-59 (4-17) 24-31 66 points, 38 rebounds, 15 turnovers. 
                Colorado Springs—Gracie Haneborg 18, Maison White 17, Jessica Nation 8, Emily Hovasse 8, Rylie Ottmann 7, Breelyn Robinson 6, Sydney Nilles 5, Agar Farres 2, Ines Latapia 1. Totals: 25-64 (4-15) 18-31 72 points, 50 rebounds, 16 turnovers.

                Chadron State           16       10         20        20         ----66
                Colorado Springs      20       17         20        15         ----72

                3-pointers: CSC—Tanabe 3, Worrell 1. UCCS--Haneborg, Nilies, Hovasse, Ottmann, all 1.

CSC men's team doesn't fare well at UCCS

COLORADO SPRINGS -- January 3, 2023 -- After winning eight of their last nine games to forge an 8-4 record and the four losses totaling just 11 points, things did not go well for the Chadron State College men's basketball team in game No. 13 Tuesday afternoon in Colorado Springs.

In the first half, the Eagles shot just 25% (10-39) from the field and they scored only 23 points. Meanwhile, the host Colorado-Colorado Springs Mountains Lions shot 60% (15-25) and tallied 39 points. Chadron State shot nearly 40% (16-36) in the second half and posted 40 points. But the hosts hit almost 60% (17-29) again while putting up 52 points and coasted to a 91-63 victory.

"We just didn't have it, it wasn't our night," CSC Coach Shane Paben said afterwards. "We had no legs and never got going. They're a good team and played with lots of energy."

The veteran coach didn't seem too dismayed. He has consistently expressed confidence in his team.  Paben added that the Eagles "will have to regroup and recharge the battery" before they play at Colorado Mesa in Grand Junction on Friday night at Westminster in Salt Lake City on Saturday night.

The Tuesday game was the third in four days for the Eagles and obviously it was one too many.  CSC had edged Metro State 67-64 at home on Saturday and topped Regis 74-64 in Denver on Monday. The games this week had been rescheduled to make up for the pair that had to be postponed when the Eagles were snowbound in mid-December.

Five players scored in double figures for the Mountain Lions, led by senior guard Jon'll Fugett with 17. He was seven-of-10 from the field, while 6-foot-9 senior William Becker was six-of-seven and finished with 13 points.  Both grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.

Chadron State's top scorer was Pat McLachlan with 18 points after he made five of his team's six 3-pointers, all of them in the second half.  Josh Robinson added 12 and MJ Foust 11.

Colorado Springs is now 11-3 for the season.  Both teams are 5-2 in the RMAC 

                Chadron State—Pat McLachlan 18, Josh Robinson 12, MJ Foust 11, Isaiah Wyatt 6, Conner McCracken 5, Marcus Jefferson 4, Porter Anderson 2, Martin Poznanovic 2, Bryce Latimer 2, Gage Delimont 1. Totals: 24-75, (6-25) 9-17 63 points, 37 rebounds, 9 turnovers.
                Colorado Springs—Jon'll Fugett 17, William Becker 13, Mac Stodart 12, Jayden Washington 11, Beni Fungula 10, Logan Bracamonte 9, Keegan Phillips 5, Jezza McKenzie 4, Noah Baca 4, David Jabedo 4, Sufyan Eklkannan 2. Totals: 32-54 (10-23) 17-21 91 points, 42 rebounds, 15 turnovers.

                Chadron State             23            40         ----63
                Colorado Springs        39            52          ----91

                3-pointers: CSC—McLachlan 5, McCracken 1. UCCS—Washington 3, Bracamonte 3, Stodart 2, Fugett 2.