Yellow Jackets Dominate Second Half to Topple Colorado Mines on the Road

Steve Carlson, Assistant AD Communicaitons, Black Hills State University

GOLDEN, Colo. – Making a visit to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC)-leading and No. 14/15-ranked Colorado School of Mines (18-4, 13-3 RMAC), the Black Hills State University women's basketball team (13-6, 10-5 RMAC) used a 45-point second half to pull off the road upset behind a team-high 15 points from Morgan Hammerbeck.


The first three Yellow Jacket points came from the free throw line, but it was the RMAC-leading Orediggers who five of their first seven shots to take the early 11-5 lead. A 3-pointer with three minutes left in the frame opened the first double-digit lead of the contest for the Orediggers at 16-6, but an ensuing lay-up from Haylee Weathersby (Jr., Glendale, Ariz.) helped stem the run. Ellie Moore (Gr., Phoenix, Ariz.) and Hammerbeck (Hamill, S.D.) tallied eight of the team's 12 first quarter points, but Mines would use six offensive rebounds in the quarter and hold a 18-12 lead after the first 10 minutes of play.


Colorado Mines opened the second quarter on a 5-1 run that was stopped by a lay-up from Moore. Following a time out, the Yellow Jacket defense forced a shot clock violation as they continued to chip into the deficit, making it 23-17. Gracie Haneborg (Jr., North Platte, Neb.) would hit the first BHSU 3-pointer of the night in front of the Mines bench and Weathersby would pull the Yellow Jackets to within five at the charity strike. Both teams would go scoreless for a period in the second until Hammerbeck converted on a lay-up. Mines would use the 3-point bucket late in the half to take a 34-24 lead into the locker room.


At the halftime break, six Yellow Jackets had put points on the board with Hammerbeck and Moore leading the way with six points each. Kalla Bertram (Jr., Colome, S.D.) led the team with her four first half rebounds and Karissa Smith (Fr., Freedom, Wis.) recorded a block. Colorado Mines would use the deep ball to build up their lead in the first half, shooting 50% (6-for-12) from deep.


Back-to-back 3-pointers from the Yellow Jackets early in the second half once again cut the Orediggers lead to just six points at 36-30. Forcing their second shot clock violation of the contest, Black Hills State would continue their run up to 9-0 with their third-straight three, this time from Jaylen Ostenson (Fr., Newcastle, Wyo.). The Yellow Jackets would pull within two points at 37-35 halfway through the third quarter. The two teams would then trade buckets with Colorado Mines holding a 42-37 lead at the media break. An and-one opportunity for Weathersby would pull BH to within one at 42-41. An exciting quarter would come to a close with the home squad holding a slim one-point, 46-45, lead after BH scored the final four points of the quarter.


Black Hills State scored the first bucket of the quarter with a Moore driving lay-up, taking their first lead (47-46) since it was 1-0 in the first quarter. A Bertram 3-pointer would again give BH the lead following an and-one from Mines on the preceding possession with both sides starting out hot in the fourth. Back and forth the two sides went, trading one-point leads with each bucket made. At the media time out, Mines would lead 53-52 but Moore would make a trip to the free throw line after the break. In a loud Lockridge Arena, Moore would covert both free throws as BH took the lead back. Ostenson would heat up from behind the arc and it would be knotted up at 59-59 with three minutes left in regulation. The duo of Hammerbeck and Moore would strike again, as Hammerbeck would find Moore under the basket to break the tie. After a defensive stop and a time out, Haneborg would earn a trip to the free throw line and would give Black Hills State their largest lead of the contest at four points, 63-59 with 53 seconds left. Down the stretch, Black Hills State would convert six of their final eight free throw attempts and walk out of Lockridge Arena with their first ranked win of the season, taking it 69-61.



  • The Yellow Jackets outscored Mines 45-27 in the second half, hitting five of their six 3-pointer in the second half.
  • Morgan Hammerbeck picks up her sixth double-digit scoring game of the season tonight, leading the team with her 15 points.
  • Ellie Moore added 14 points in the effort, tying her season-high.
  • Jaylen Ostenson was the third Jacket in double figures with 11 points, scoring eight in the second half.
  • Kalla Bertram was above her season average (4.6rpg) with her team-best six rebounds.
  • BHSU outscored Mines 21-12 in the third quarter to trim the deficit to just one heading to the final frame (trailed by 10 at the half).
  • BHSU improves to 6-3 in road games this season and still has not lost a game following a loss (6-0).
  • It marks the first ranked win of the season for BH (1-2).
  • The win snaps a four-game skid to the Orediggers, improving to 11-9 in favor of Mines.

Up Next: Black Hills State will be back in action tomorrow afternoon with a 3:30 p.m. tip-off against the Roadrunners of MSU Denver (6-14, 5-10 RMAC) in Denver.


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