Mines women ready for season

The South Dakota School of Mines women's basketball team enters this season with high expectations as they return a solid four-guard rotation from a team that went 16-13 last year.

Larsen said, "We have some upperclassmen experience. We've played some young kids the lst few years which has worked out for us up until right now, where those kids have a lot of game experience under their belts and terminology wise they know what I'm talking about offensively, defensively so we're able to pick up on things a lot easier there. Some people think experience is overrated, I've never had that so we're going to lean on our experience this year."

Larsen expects that experience will also simply be better this year after seeing the improvements they made in the offseason.

"Larsen said, I think a lot of our kids have improved over the summer. they've put the time in, not just in the gym, but the weight room you can obviously see that our kids are stronger which is going to be very helpful for us."

The Hardrockers return plenty of scoring pop from last season, with top four returning scorers Anna Haugen, Taylor Molstad, Sami Steffeck and Cooper Courtney all coming back.

Ryan Weiss said, "We can score from a lot of different people depending on the night, we can have different players step up on a different night and that's going to help us that it's not just heavily one or two players."

And in a nice little addition to their rivalry, Larsen believes the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship will run through the team in Spearfish this season.

"I've really got to believe that talent-wise and experience wise BH is returning a lot and they're going to be very, very good and you talked about other players getting better and there's always a few kids every year that just really improved over the summer. It's a dog fight every night but I like our chances. If we're focused and have great energy I like our chances against anybody."

Padraic Duffy, Black Hills FOX Sports.