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Metro halts Jackets’ late push

(Spearfish, S.D.) - The Black Hills State women (7-12, 6-9 RMAC) lost in a physical game Saturday night at the Young Center to Metro State (14-6, 12-3 RMAC) by a score of 54-44.

Metro State's shooting guard, Emily Wood, was a big reason the Roadrunners led most of the game thanks to her four made three-point shots which helped on the way to a 20-point night, which included being 6-for-6 from the free throw line.

From the opening whistle on, it was evident that the physicality would lead to many fouls. By the end of the night 38 whistles were blown for fouls and 34 resulted in free throw attempts. The Roadrunners took advantage as they had a total of 21 attempts from the line, draining 16.

Metro used their experience of seven upper classman to eventually open a close half to a mild 26-18 lead at the half. Metro's half court defensive pressure did lead to 12 BHSU turnovers in the first half, while Metro turned it over nine times as the Yellow Jackets had eight steals after 20 minutes.

"That's just a good experienced team that can beat anyone in this conference right now, it was nice to see our team show some resiliency when the lead got to 16 and we came back. We never could get over that hump after getting it with eight points," head coach, Mark Nore said.

Metro State made it appoint to rebound offensively tonight.  They had six offensive rebounds in the first half along with ten defensively.  BHSU had two offensive rebounds but did match the Roadrunners with ten defensively in the first half.

While the Yellow Jackets did lose the rebound battle in the first half 16-12, they came out of the locker room and made stepped it up in the second half to pull down 22 defensive rebounds on the night to help them get within only eight points with about eight minutes to go.

BHSU's leading scorer on the night was sophomore, Chelsey Biegler (5'10 Rapid City, S.D) with ten points and added seven rebounds on the night.  The Yellow Jackets did shoot 9-of-13 from three-point range; good for 69.2 percent on the night.  

Another bright spot on the night came late in the second half when former volleyball standout turned basketball player, senior Kylee Lamb (5'11 Onida, SD), had three consecutive baskets to fuel a late push for the lead that helped her put up seven points on 3-for-5 from the floor.

"I thought Kylee Lamb did a great job, she was a huge spark for us," Nore said.

The next BHSU home game will come versus Colorado Mines (12-9, 9-6 RMAC) on February 15, 2013 at 5:30 pm MT at the Young Center.