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After a heartbreaking loss to open the Dakota Athletic Conference season, the South Dakota School of Mines women’s basketball team head back into non-conference action this weekend at the Midland Lutheran Classic hoops tournament in Fremont, Neb
By Brad Blume
Sports Information Director
South Dakota School of Mines
RAPID CITY --- After a heartbreaking loss to open the Dakota Athletic Conference season, the South Dakota School of Mines women’s basketball team head back into non-conference action this weekend at the Midland Lutheran Classic hoops tournament in Fremont, Neb.
The Lady Hardrockers came up just shy in their loss to Black Hills State last Wednesday, 75-70. The game was pretty typical of how BH vs. SDM bouts usually goes --- physical. The game was pretty big for the Rockers, not only because it was against their oldest rival, but also because it was the first DAC contest of the season.
“I thought we had a pretty good game plan and took care of their main shooters,” said Lady Hardrocker head coach Barb Felderman. “Offensively we had the shots, but they just wouldn’t fall.”
Felderman added that the difference was allowing a few Yellow Jackets player loose to knock down some three-pointers down the stretch. Also add the fact that Mines has several key players that have never been in that type of situation before.
“The juniors played pretty consistent. It’s hard to tell (the freshmen) what that first BH game and what the first conference game is like,” Felderman said. “A lot of (the freshmen) didn’t do what they are capable of. If they had done even a fraction of what they are capable of doing then (the game) would have been ours.”
But with that matchup behind them, the Hardrockers will turn their attention on two Great Plains Conference teams in Concordia University and Midland Lutheran College.
South Dakota School of Mines squares off with the Concordia Bulldogs Friday, a team that post a 7-4 overall record. They are also on a three-game losing streak.
“They are not very big,” Felderman said of the Bulldogs. “They run a platoon system where it’s five in and five out and they press the whole time. They want to get up and down the court and they have a few kids that can shoot the three.”
As a team, Concordia is ranked 13th in NAIA Division II for three-pointer shooting percentage (.371). Sophomore Melissa Tinkham (5-foot-9-inches from Kearney, Neb.) has the best touch from the outside for the Bulldogs, having a total of 114 points for the year and is averaging 10.4 points a game. She is also ranked 15th in the NAIA for three pointer percentage (.477). The Bulldogs’ top point producer however is sophomore guard Whitney Stichka, who has 138 points on the season and is averaging 12.5 a game.
“We will try to slow them down and decide the pace. We’ve played against good three-point shooters all year long so it just a matter of getting a hand up in their face,” Felderman said.
As far as the defensive pressure, Feldman said that her team has seen it a number of times this season and they should be able to counter what the Bulldogs throw at them.
“We’ve worked on a couple different sets and have even talked about the ball being brought up by committee,” she said.
Saturday’s bout pits the Hardrockers against the host team, the Midland Lady Warriors.
“They have a couple bigger kids, but I look for it to be a similar game to (Concordia).”
The Warriors have a pretty solid overall record at 9-2. The have two taller players in Liz Sneed (5-10) and Ashley Bruegman (5-11). Sneed leads the team in scoring with 147 total points while Bruegman has amassed 87 on the season. The Warriors, much like all the GPAC schools, will also look the pressure the ball and make things difficult for the Hardrockers.
“They all like to pride themselves on their pressure defense and the in-your-face stuff,” Felderman said about the GPAC teams. “Well, if you’re in my face, I am going to go by you.”
The Hardrockers proved they have the weapons to do that.
Junior standout Melanie Vedvei, who recently broke the 1,000-point mark, leads the conference in total points at 239, while fellow juniors Amber DeWeerd and Jennie Malone have also stepped up and had fairly productive games. The biggest lift to the team however has been the fast development of the seven freshmen on this season’s roster. Bethany Holyoak, Leah Sundby and Nicole Martin (post players) have been a force under the basket, while Madi Hotovec, Rachel O’Harra, Kayla Goshorn and Karmen Powell have all stepped up at different points throughout the season on the perimeter.
The Lady Hardrockers are 7-5 on the season. SDM squares off with Concordia on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and then face Midland Lutheran at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
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