Yellow Jacket women topple SD Mines 55-47

Black Hills State University’s Katie Messler, left, eyes the basket as South Dakota Mines opponent Naomi Hidalgo defends. Pioneer photo by Jason Gross

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SPEARFISH — Black Hills State University rallied to edge South Dakota School of Mines & Technology 55-47 Tuesday evening in a women’s basketball game at the Young Center, in Spearfish. The contest launched the Yellow Jackets’ Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference schedule. 

“It was one of those games where we grinded it out,” said Yellow Jackets’ head coach Mark Nore, whose team used an 11-1 run to close the game. “I was proud of the team for just being able to finish.”

Black Hills State led 11-9 after the first quarter, but South Dakota Mines edged ahead 17-14 in the second. Noora Parttimaa’s 3-point field goal drew the Yellow Jackets into a 17-17 tie. Cody Robinson’s inside jumper and Ashlee Beacom’s 3-point field goal propelled Black Hills State to a 22-17 halftime lead.

South Dakota Mines claimed a 20-12 scoring edge in the third quarter and led 37-34 with 10 minutes to go. That lead grew to 42-34 early in the fourth quarter on an Anna Haugen basket.

Ashley Davis and Morgan Ham scored field goals as the Yellow Jackets trailed 42-38. Following a South Dakota Mines score, Ham netted six straight points to bring Black Hills State into a 44-44 tie with 2 minutes 18 seconds to go.

Two Ryan Weiss free throws gave South Dakota Mines a 46-44 lead. Ham connected from 3-point range with 1:11 left as Black Hills State led 47-46.

The margin reached three points (49-46) when Racquel Wientjes netted two free throws with 25 seconds remaining. She completed a three-point play five seconds later to make the score 52-46 and put the game out of reach.

Black Hills State received 18 points from Ham and 11 points from Wientjes.

Weiss’ 14 points enabled her to top the Hardrockers’ scoring charts. Haugen added 11 points.

“I thought our defense carried us, starting with (Ashlee) Beacom on the ball,” Nore said in describing the fourth quarter. He also cited Katie Messler’s nine rebounds and said Ham played well at both ends.

“We played with more poise on the offensive end,” Nore said in comparing this game to the recent loss to Wayne State.

The Yellow Jackets (4-2) return to action Dec. 6 when they play at Westminster.

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