DENVER – The Chadron State College women’s basketball team outscored No. 8-ranked Metro State 30-10 during the final 12 minutes of their Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference but the Roadrunners still managed to escape with a 55-51 victory Friday at the Auraria Event Center.
Metro State (20-2, 16-2 RMAC) put itself in good position early on after owning a 21-2 lead with just over nine minutes to play in the first half. Chadron State (8-14, 8-10 RMAC) went scoreless the first eight minutes of the game but the Eagles cut the lead to 31-14 at intermission.
The Roadrunners continued to keep the pressure on CSC and eventually took a 45-21 lead with 11:45 to play. However, the Eagles quickly caught fire and went on a 9-0 run in less than two minutes. Kaitlin Petri and Kada Williams combined to hit four free throws, Rachael Smidt sank a 3-pointer and Petri added a layup to get the Eagles back in the game.
Metro State responded with a bucket from Jenessa Burke for a 47-30 advantage but the Eagles went on a 12-0 scoring burst keyed by solid free throw shooting.
The Eagles continued to chip away, eventually cutting the Roadrunners’ lead to 54-51 with three seconds to play after a long trey from Dallas Shaw, but Metro’s Brandi Valencia hit a foul shot with one tick remaining to seal the win.
Neither team shot well. Metro State shot 30.6 percent from the field, while Chadron State hit 26 percent.
Petri had her fifth double double of the season while finishing with a game-high 22 points and 11 rebounds. Shaw added eight, Smidt chipped in seven, Marla Munsen had six and Kate Simonton scored four.
Jasmine Cervantes led Metro State with 12 points and 13 rebounds, while Burke had 11.
—CSC Sports Information
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