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    BHSU WBB: Yellow Jackets Welcome #13 Skyhawks and Grizzlies

    SPEARFISH, S.D. - The Black Hills State University women's basketball team returns home for a four-game home stand starting on Friday, January 12 and Saturday, January 13, hosting #13 Fort Lewis College and Adams State University. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday.

    Saturday night will be a pink out game in honor of Kenadi Jean Weis. Yellow Jacket fans can purchase 50/50 raffle tickets, pink Frisbees to throw at halftime of the men's game, and participate in a Silent Auction. All proceeds will go towards the Kenadi Jean Weis Memorial Scholarship.

    THE GAME - Fort Lewis
    • The two teams meet for the sixth time on the hardwood on Friday, January 12 with tipoff slated for 5:30 p.m. The Yellow Jackets lead the all-time series, 4-1.
    • Vivian Gray leads the way for the Skyhawks averaging 17.5 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game. Gray has earned RMAC Player of the Week honors five times, taking offensive twice and defensive three times. Right behind Gray is teammate Astrea Reed. Reed averages 13.3 points per game and claimed RMAC Offensive Player of the Week honors once. Briana Clah was named to the Preseason All-RMAC team and averages 7.8 points per game and 3.4 rebounds per game. Alyssa Yocky was also named to the Preseason All-RMAC Team.
    • The Skyhawks currently sit in second place in conference behind CSU-Pueblo with a 9-1 conference record and a 15-1 overall record. They moved up one spot in the WBCA poll to rank 13th in the nation, 16th in the D2SIDA poll, and third in the South Central Region.
    THE GAME - Adams State
    • The two teams meet for the fifth time on the hardwood on Saturday, January 13 with tipoff slated for 4:00 p.m. The Yellow Jackets lead the all-time series, 4-0.
    • Stephanie Ruiz leads the Grizzlies offense with a 12.4 points per game average. Defensively, Nicole Mortensen and Ki'asha Harris lead with a 4.8 rebound per game average.
    • Adams State ranks 14th in the conference with a 3-11 overall record and a 1-9 conference record.
    • Black Hills State University head coach Mark Nore enters his 16th season with the Yellow Jackets and owns a 273-179 record. He is the all-time wins leader for the Yellow Jacket basketball team.
    • Jason Flores enters his sixth season at the helm of the Skyhawks women's basketball program. The 15 wins he has acquired put him over 100 wins in his career with the Skyhawks. He entered the season 10 wins away. Flores led Fort Lewis to its first ever NCAA post-season berth in 2013 as a first year coach. He started with the Skyhawks as an assistant from 2000-04 before moving on to the University of Nebraska. He returned to FLC in 2012.
    • Larry Joe Hunt entered his third season as the head coach of the Grizzlies. In his first season with the Grizzlies, they set an RMAC record of 22 three-pointers made in a single game. Prior to assuming head coaching duties, Hunt was the Associate Athletic Director of Eligibility and Compliance for ASU.
    Black Hills State hit the road to start out the 2018 portion of its season and split the weekend defeating New Mexico Highlands, 76-51, and falling in its rematch to Colorado State University-Pueblo, 58-47.

    Against NMHU, Katie Messler and Rachel Erickson led the Yellow Jacket offense notching 11 points each while four other players had eight. The Green and Gold shot 58 percent (29-of-50) from the field, 40.9 percent (9-of-22) from beyond the arc and 81.8 percent (9-of-11) from the line. On defense, Messler, Danielle Noble, and Lyndzi Richeach had four rebounds.

    Against CSU-Pueblo, Erickson led the way scoring 13 points, 12 of which came in the second half. Erickson went 6-of-15 from the field and 1-of-2 from the line. Messler led the defense with six boards. The Yellow Jackets went 24.1 percent from the field and 68.0 percent from the line.

    The Yellow Jackets are starting out 1-1 in the 2018 portion of the season. Since joining the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in 2012, the last three times the Green and Gold started 1-1 on the second half of the season, they captured records of 10-6 (2012-13 season), 13-6 (2015-16 season) and 6-8 (2016-17 season). Of those three starts, the Green and Gold finished 13-15 overall (12-13 season), 21-8 overall (15-16 season), and 9-17 overall (16-17 season). In the 2015-16 season, they finished 17-5 in conference and earned their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance losing in the second round to West Texas A&M, 63-48.

    The Black Hills State bench is making it rain, as it is averaging 30.1 points per game, making up almost half of the points. The bench has 452 points against the 613 points scored by starters. The starters are averaging 40.8 points per game. The team has 1065 points combined on the season. In conference, the bench is averaging 25.8 points per game with Lyndzi Rich leading with a 10.3 ppg average in conference. Of the 578 points combined, the bench owns 233 of those points.

    Fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to all home games from now until the final game against South Dakota Mines on February 6. The food collection is part of the annual Student Athlete Advisory Committee Food War versus South Dakota Mines. All food will go the local food pantry. You can leave your cans at the ticket table at any home game. Please help the Yellow Jacket BEAT MINES in the Food War.

    Following the weekend, the Yellow Jackets will host rival South Dakota Mines on Tuesday, January 16 followed by Westminster on Thursday, January 18. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. both nights.


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