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Lady Badgers basketball do well at Wyoming invitational, earn two wins

Lady Badgers basketball do well at Wyoming invitational, earn two wins

 

Matt Harris

Staff writer

11-24-2016

 

 

CASPER, WY—The Snow College women’s basketball team brought home mixed results, mostly positive, from their performance in the Pizza Hut Invitational in Casper, Wyo. last weekend.

The Lady Badgers went 2-1 at the invitational, only losing to host Casper College, who are ranked No. 19 in the nation prior to official rankings being submitted on Dec. 6.

“I feel like we took a giant step forward this weekend,” head coach Mike Russell said.

Snow began the tournament with a convincing win over Northeastern Junior College, 69-49. The Lady Badgers never had the game in doubt with an 11-point lead at halftime. Snow was led by freshman Lindsey Cook with 13 points, and Snow shot 50 percent for the game.

The Lady Badgers then faced Casper on their home court and took the game down to the wire. Down by 11 at halftime, Snow led a comeback lasting the whole second half that fell just short at the end as the Lady Badgers fell to the Thunderbirds, 61-60.

Freshman Tayviah Ah-Quin led Snow in their offensive effort with 14 points, but the women could not overcome the 33 percent shooting in the game. The close loss gave confidence to Russell, however.

“Taking undefeated Casper to the wire in their own gym says a lot about the progress we’re making as a team,” Russell said.

The Lady Badgers ended the tournament on a high note with another lopsided victory over the JV squad of Montana Western University, 83-41. Every player had four points or more for Snow, who were led by 14 points from freshman Siki Suguturaga.

“We are maturing and getting better every night,” Russell said, “and that’s really all we can ask for.”

With a 4-4 record, Snow will spend Thanksgiving in Twin Falls, Ida. to participate in the College of Southern Idaho Thanksgiving Tournament this weekend.

Snow will begin tournament play against Miles Community College on Friday before facing the Idaho Select, an All-Star group of high school players, on Saturday.