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    S Mines WBB: Lady 'Rockers Looking To Climb RMAC Rankings With Successful Weekend

    RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota School of Mines women’s basketball team has its longest road trip of the season in the rearview mirror --- and after earning a split last week --- the Lady Hardrockers are poised for a strong showing this weekend with two home Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference matchups. 

    The split gave the ‘Rockers a 10-5 overall mark on the season and are currently sitting eighth in the conference standings with a 5-4 RMAC mark. 

    After falling at CSU-Pueblo, 71-45, (RMAC’s top team) on Friday evening, the Hardrockers rebounded Saturday, routing the New Mexico Highlands University Cowgirls, 71-55, in Las Vegas, N.M.

    Against the Hardrockers, CSUP built up a 33-19 halftime lead that was never relinquished. Tuileisu Anderson scored 12 points, moving her into fifth all time in program history with 1,263. Katie Cunningham stuffed the stat sheet, tallying 11 points, nine rebounds, six assists, and a season-high four steals in the win. Freshman Ryan Weiss was a standout for SD Mines, scoring eight points and grabbing five rebounds, adding on three assists, one steal and one blocked shot. 

    On Saturday, the Hardrockers outscored the Cowgirls, 22-8, in the first quarter and ended the half with a 33-23 lead that they carried to the end. Sophomore Anna Haugen scored 19 points and grabbed 10 boards for a double-double. She also tallied three assists. Junior Taylor Molstad scored 15 points and tallied five rebounds and four assists. 

    SD Mines is now the No. 2 offense in the RMAC, scoring 70.5 ppg, while the defense is giving up 58.2 ppg and is ranked fifth in the conference. The ‘Rockers also rank second in the league for field goal percentage, connecting on 43 percent of their shots.  The Hardrockers lead the RMAC in three-pointers made (8.9 per game) and three-pointer field goal percentage (36 percent). 

    The Hardrockers continue to have a balanced offensive attack with Haugen and fellow sophomore Sami Steffeck both averaging just under 11 points per game to lead the team. Molstad and sophomore Cooper Courtney are also right there --- scoring almost 10 points a game --- and Weiss is developing into a solid contributor, averaging 8.7 points a game. 

    Adams State comes to town Friday night with a 3-9 overall record and 1-9 mark in the conference. This past weekend, the Grizzlies fell to MSU Denver. ASU led in scoring in the second quarter, but the Roadrunners held on to a 34-29 lead at halftime to eventually win the game.  Adams State also dropped a game to UCCS, falling at home to the Mountain Lions, 60-52.

    The Grizzlies are led in scoring by Stephanie Ruiz, who is averaging 12.1 ppg while Brooke Neal posts 11.2 ppg. Teammates Lejla Hadzialijagic and Macy Meyers can also find the basket as both are posting almost nine markers each game. 

    Friday’s game is slated for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff and can be viewed live on the RMAC Network by logging onto: .

    The Hardrockers will face national ranked Fort Lewis College on Saturday. The Lady Skyhawks are ranked 13th in the latest WBCA Coaches Poll and are listed as No. 16 in the D2SIDA Media Poll.  FLC has won 11-straight games and enter the weekend with a 15-1 overall record and 9-1 mark in the RMAC. 

    Fort Lewis never trailed against MSU Denver in a 70-63 victory last Friday, and staved off a comeback thanks to a 32-21 lead at the half. Vivian Gray, the conference’s leading scorer, tied with the Roadrunners’ J’Nae Squires-Horton for a game-high 23 points. Gray also grabbed nine boards. Alyssa Yocky had an impressive performance off the bench, tallying 11 points and three rebounds. 

    The Skyhawks improved their home record to 11-0 with a 69-57 win over UCCS on Saturday. Astrea Reed and Gray paced Fort Lewis with 16 points each. Reed added on four rebounds, four steals and two assists. Gray tallied seven rebounds, two steals and three assists. 

    Fort Lewis is posting 72 ppg and giving up just 53.5. So far this season, the Skyhawks are beating opponents by 17.4 ppg. Gray is pacing the Skyhawks with 17.5 ppg while Reed is averaging 13.3 ppg. Gray is a freshman from Argyle, Texas, who can take over the game at any time. The key to bringing down the Skyhawks starts with disrupting this talented athlete. 

    Saturday’s bout will start at 3:30 p.m. and the game can be viewed live on the RMAC Network by logging onto: .

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