Lady Badgers blue after five losses
EPHRAIM— Snow College women’s basketball Head Coach Mike Russell is not used to this kind of adversity.
After the Lady Badgers went nearly the whole month of December without a game to play due to weather cancellations, the Snow players have come out flat, losing their last five games.
“It’s definitely been a rough patch for us,” Russell said. “Losing is not something that I’m accustomed to nor is it something that we are going to let become a habit.”
Whereas Snow was looking smooth and ready for conference play, their tournament in Las Vegas proved that there was a lot of work to do. The Lady Badgers lost all three games of the tournament against Central Arizona, Hutchinson, and Eastern Arizona. While Russell referred to the games against Arizona teams as “winnable,” he admits that nationally-ranked Hutchinson “was just flat out better than us.” Snow lost those games, 74-66, 87-54, and 66-60, respectively.
Conference play in the Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC) began for Snow as the Lady Badgers faced Southern Idaho and Salt Lake Community College, the top two teams in the SWAC.
Against Southern Idaho, Snow quickly found out how unprepared they were to face the Lady Eagles.
“We felt as a coaching staff we really prepared our players for the CSI game,” Russell said, “but they flat out kicked our butts.”
The Lady Badgers were held to 23 percent shooting from the floor and did not make a three in the game, losing 75-47. Harley Hansen led the Badgers with 15 points.
Salt Lake, a longtime rival of Snow, came into Ephraim intent on creating the same outcome, and thanks to a second quarter meltdown by the Lady Badgers, they got away with it. Outscoring Snow 26-9 in the second quarter, the Lady Bruins ran away with a 71-47 victory.
“If you throw out the second quarter where we hit a real dry spell offensively, we are right in the game,” Russell said. “Our defense was much better, not where we want it to be, but much better. The problem for us lies in the fact that we’re leaving a lot of points on the front of the rim, and we just flat out need to finish.”
Hansen posted a rare double-double in the game with 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead Snow.
Snow played Colorado Northwestern last Tuesday and is preparing to host Utah State-Eastern this Saturday at 3 p.m.