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Lady Badgers get needed win against NCAA, winning 83-62

Snow guard Mackenzie Royce comes downcourt with possession during Snow’s women’s basketball game against Southern Virginia University last Monday. The Lady Badgers won, 83-62. - Matt Harris / Messenger photo
Snow guard Mackenzie Royce comes downcourt with possession during Snow’s women’s basketball game against Southern Virginia University last Monday. The Lady Badgers won, 83-62. – Matt Harris / Messenger photo
Lady Badgers get needed win against NCAA, winning 83-62

 

Matt Harris

Staff writer

11-10-2016

 

EPHRAIM—After struggling to begin the season with consecutive losses, the Snow College women’s basketball team just picked up a big 83-62 win they desperately needed.

The Lady Badgers played their home opener against NCAA Div. III Southern Virginia University and blew things open in the second half to seal the victory. Snow and SVU were tied at the half, 31-31, but Snow could not be stopped on offense from that point onward, scoring 52 points in the second half.

“This was a great game for our girls because we were coming off a five-point loss at Western Wyoming,” Snow Head Coach Mike Russell said. “We have 11 healthy players, nine of which are freshmen, so we are growing up and maturing every day. We really played well in the second half after we settled down and made some adjustments. We did some really good things overall.”

The Lady Badgers had four different players score in double figures during the game. They were led by freshman reserve guard Harley Hansen from Plain City, Utah, who had 17 points on 7-13 shooting. Hansen also chipped 3-5 from the free-throw line.

Freshmen Katie Anderson, Kayla Hugie, and Tayvia Ah’Quin scored 12, 12, and 11 points, respectively, for Snow. Hugie scored all 12 of her points from a distance with 4-6 shooting from the three.

Overall, the Lady Badgers shot a blistering 53.4 percent from the field, with 44 points in the paint. 14 of their points also came on fast breaks, and defensively, they held SVU to 35 percent shooting, going 6-22 from three.

The young Snow team only has two sophomores on their roster, and only one of them is starting.

“Our goal is to be in a position to compete for a conference championship,” Russell said, “and we work toward that every day.”

The slate is packed for the Lady Badgers’ upcoming week, but they will stay at home for their next few games. They will be playing Fort Carson Military and Gillette. Fort Carson will be tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. and Gillette will play the Badgers on Saturday at 3 p.m.