Future bright for South Dakota Mines women’s basketball team

RAPID CITY, S.D. — With the women’s basketball season officially in the books, it’s time to look forward to next year for the South Dakota School of Mines.

Despite a tough start, the team experienced great success throughout the regular season and the future looks bright for the Lady Hardrockers.

South Dakota Mines finished the season with a 12-14 record after winning seven out of their final 10 games of the year.

The Hardrockers will only lose one senior from this year’s squad, Taylor Molstad.

She led the team in scoring with 13 points per game and was named to the All Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Second Team.

School of Mines head coach Ryan Larsen feels the team is heading in the right direction.

“My saying is that we found the blueprint on how to be a really good basketball team in February,” SD Mines women’s basketball coach Ryan Larsen said. “It’s one thing to find it, but can we sustain it now. I know just the excitement that we had and how much fun we hand that last month they’re really excited to sustain that. And not just play really good basketball in half of January and February, we need to start doing that in November and December.” 

“I think we all found our confidence within ourselves and I think as a result, we found a good way to play with each other and play for each other and as a family,” SD Mines junior Anna Haugen said. “On the court, that chemistry really helped us. In those close games like Colorado Mines, even UCCS a little bit near the end of the season, we were able to pull together and put together the efforts that we wanted on the offensive and defensive sides that got us those wins.”

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