Women’s Basketball: Hardrockers Hope to Continue Momentum
After closing out last year on a five game winning streak, the South Dakota School of Mines women’s basketball team hopes to carry that momentum into this season.
The Lady Hardrockers made big strides last year in Ryan Larsen’s second season as their head coach.
The Rockers won their final five games of the season to finish with a 13-12 record.
Having lost only three seniors, Coach Larsen kept his roster pretty much intact.
Leading the way will be junior Megan Rohrer who averaged 11 points and five rebounds per game.
Coach Larsen is also expecting big contributions from Kahlie Peterson, Alexis Long, Payton Humpal and Devyn Asche, as well as, others.
Ryan Larsen says, “Krista Showalter is a kid that was injured last year with an ACL. She played a lot as a freshman our first year. So it’s great to have her back. Then obviously Kahlie and Payton Humpal, those two played a lot as freshmen. We’ll be leaning on those kids quite a bit.">
The School of Mines women’s basketball team is set to enter its first season in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
Although the Hardrockers are predicted to finish 13 in the preseason polls, Coach Larsen is excited about being a member of the conference.
Ryan Larsen adds, “It’s so fun to be in a league. Have a schedule. It’s consistency for the kids to play Friday and Saturday so we’re not missing as much school. That’s all fun. But the scary part of the unknown. We can watch film on these opponents and compare scores and stuff like that. But you just don’t really know where you’re at. Where you fall in that league until you go out and play them toe to toe.”
The School of Mines kicks off the season Friday at home against Johnson and Wales.
The Hardrockers open conference play on December 3 in Spearfish at Black Hills State University.