5 things to know about the Black Hills State women’s basketball team

SPEARFISH, S.D. –  Getting off on the right foot is a priority for any basketball program and the Black Hills State women’s basketball team is off to a promising start.

The Lady Yellow Jackets opened the season on Friday, Nov. 11 with a convincing win over Texas A & M International.

But then suffered a tightly contested loss to Texas A & M Kingsville on Saturday.


The Lady Yellow Jackets are coming off another winning season.

The Black Hills State women’s basketball team finished 18-10 last season.

Plus they earned the No. 5 seed in the RMAC Tournament with a record of 16-5.


The BHSU women’s basketball team returns a lot of talent and experience.

Black Hills State only lost two seniors to graduation.

So they return 13 players from last year’s team.

Plus, the Yellow Jackets brought in four news faces including three freshmen and a senior transfer Ellie Moore who played for the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs.

“So we have great leadership,” said BHSU head coach Mark Nore. “Six seniors coming back. I would say looking at it Danica Kocer, returning second team all-conference kid. Megan Engesser, she’s an honorable mention all-conference kid. Summer Fox, Raven Cournoyer, Niki Van Wyk. It’s a deal where we’re loaded with seasoned players.”

The Yellow Jackets were selected to finish third in the RMAC preseason poll.

The Black Hills State women’s basketball team received one first-place vote and was picked to finish third in the RMAC coaches preseason poll.

A year ago, the Jackets earned the fifth seed in the RMAC Championship Tournament and lost to CSU Pueblo in the opening round.

“I think there’s a few teams that are capable of winning it all and I think we’re one of them,” said Nore. “I think that Coach Thompson mentioned it too, just focusing on getting better and just focusing on the right things. Staying present, staying humble and hungry. I think those are the things. The want has to be there.”


Mark Nore returns for his 20th season as the head women’s basketball coach at BHSU.

Mark Nore took over the head coaching duties five games into the 2002-03 season.

Since then, he has amassed a record of 318-203.

Nore is the all-time winningest women’s basketball coach in Black Hills State women’s basketball history.


Black Hills State begins conference play on Dec. 2.

The Black Hills State women’s basketball team has four non-conference game remaining.

Nov. 16  vs University of Mary         6 p.m.

Nov. 17  vs Minot State University     6:30 p.m.

Nov. 22   at Montana State – Billings      7 p.m.

Nov. 28  at  South Dakota Mines            5 p.m.

The Yellow Jackets kick off conference play on Friday, Dec. 2 at home against Regis University.

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