The Snow College women’s basketball team got off to a good start in the Scenic West Athletic Conference regular season when they held off the Spartans of Colorado Northwestern 77-72 at the Horne Activity Center.
In a game that was tied six times and the lead changed four times, the Lady Badgers were able to hold on for the win. Snow College led by as many as 17 points at the end of the first quarter, but the Spartans cut the lead to nine points at the half, and the Badgers only led by two with under three minutes to play.
Snow College shot 62 percent from the field in the first half, only 25 percent in the third quarter and finished at 50 percent for the game.
Ashlee Edwards led Snow with 15 points and eight rebounds. Addi Johnson contributed 14 points on 7-11 shooting. Samiana Suguturaga sparked the Badgers off the bench with nine points on 4-5 from the paint in just seven minutes of play. Jessica Lange and Tylie Jones added another eight points each in the Badger win.
The Badgers fell behind early on the road to Twin Falls, Idaho against the Golden Eagles of the College of Southern Idaho and never could fully recover, losing 69-56.
“We struggled right from the opening tip-off,” said Coach Zu Grinsell. “We need to be more consistent and play well in every quarter.”
Snow College trailed at the end of the first quarter 19-4 and 37-21 at the half. The Badgers outscored the Golden Eagles in the fourth quarter 24-12 to close the gap.
“Our defense allowed CSI too many easy shots,” said Grinsell. “Too many fouls led to free throws and we lost the rebounding battle.”
Jones led the Badgers in scoring with 17 points andalso added seven rebounds. Passion Reitz added 10 points on 2-2 shooting behind the 3-point line and six rebounds.
Snow College will be back home on Thursday when they host Utah State-Eastern at the Horne Activity Center at 5 p.m.