A new era is underway for the SD Mines women’s basketball team
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A new era of women’s basketball is underway at the South Dakota School of Mines.
Jeri Jacobson is the new head coach for the Lady Hardrockers and it only took one game for her to earn her first win.
Coach Jacobson actually made her coaching debut for the School of Mines on November 1 in a exhibition game against Idaho State.
However, the Hardrockers opened the regular season on November 9 with an 80-52 win over Waldorf University.
Coach Jacobson made a few changes this year, but overall she says its been a smooth transition.
“I came in and had pretty clear expectations and standards and guidelines,” SD Mines women’s basketball coach Jeri Jacobson said. “The team has really bought into it so far. Our main goal has been to improve every single day and that’s really what we’re doing lately and that’s what I want to see. Like I’ve told them, I don’t need them to play perfect basketball right now. We’re just trying to get better for when conference season rolls around.”
The School of Mine women’s basketball team is looking to improve upon last year’s 12-14 overall record.
The Lady Hardrockers lost their leading scorer to graduation, Taylor Molstad.
But they do return four seniors; Sami Steffeck, Cooper Courtney, Anna Haugen and Molly McCabe.
“They all bring something very different in terms of their leadership style and its a really good combination,” Jacobson said. “The one thing they all bring is hard work every day. So they lead by example really well. But then they all each have they own little niche in terms of being a vocal leader or that kind of thing. But I think they’ve been doing a really good job so far.”
The Lady Hardrockers will travel to Montana to play MSU Billings on Nov. 23, before returning home to face Wayne State College on Thursday, Nov. 21.