SD Mines Women’s Basketball: Five things to watch for this season
RAPID CITY, S.D. – As the 2022 – 23 women’s college basketball season approaches, the South Dakota Mines Lady Hardrockers are hoping to carry on momentum from last year.
With the Hardrockers set to kick off the season on Friday, Nov. 11, here’s five things to watch for this season.
Can the Lady Hardrockers continue to improve?
South Dakota Mines finished 8-20 overall last season. However, the Hardrockers won their final fives games of the season and seven out of their last 10 contests.
The Lady Hardrockers are hoping to stay healthy this season.
The SD Mines women’s basketball team was hit hard with injuries last season. This year, coach Jeri Jacobson Owsley feels her team can be competitive, as long as her players stay healthy.
“Last year at this time, we were plagued with so many injuries and that was a really frustrating start to the season,” said Jeri Jacobson Owsley. “This year, knock on wood, we’re younger and healthier. That’s made a big difference in the growth that we’ve been able to make in the last couple of weeks and couple of months. I think that’s going to help get us going a little bit earlier as opposed to last year when we finally got everybody healthy was towards the end of the season.”
How will the SD Mines women’s basketball team replace its leading scorer?
South Dakota Mines lost four seniors to graduation including Ryan Weiss who averaged 13.5 points and 6 rebounds per game.
But the Hardrockers return a core group of players including Bailey Johnson, Madelyn Heiser, Piper Bauer and Naomi Hidalgo.
How many newcomers are on the roster this season?
Coach Jacobson Owsley recruited eight new players in the offseason. They include Savea Mansfield, Alexis Backhaus, Mackenzie Raleigh, Morning Grace Spotted Bear, Nora Ritchie, Lauren Herman, Megan Alexander and Kiera Walsh.
“We talked yesterday and you know we don’t have any all-stars on the team,” said Jacobson Owsley. “But everybody can be a star in their role. I think that’s really helped up so far. We know where certain people need to get the ball. It’s been a really fun team to have because we don’t have just one person we’re relying on. Its anybody can step up at any point.”
The Lady Hardrockers look to be competitive in the RMAC Conference.
The South Dakota Mines women’s basketball team was selected to finish 10th in the RMAC. The Hardrocker open conference play on Friday, Dec. 2 at home against the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs.
In the meantime, the Rockers kick off the season by hosting Texas Permian Basin on Nov. 11 and West Texas A&M on Nov. 12.