Lady Badgers lose first two games of season, 48-60, 64-71
By James Tilson
EPHRAIM—The Snow College women’s basketball team’s struggles continued last week, as the team opened Scenic West
Athletic Conference (SWAC) play by going 0-2, losing to the College of Southern Idaho (CSI) 60-48, and Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) 71-64.
“Thursday’s game against CSI was more about toughness than it was about making or missing shots,” said Head Coach Mike Russell. “We led for over half the game, they were just tougher than we were.”
Neither team shot the ball very well for the game, with Snow making 35.6 percent from the field, and CSI making 36.5 percent from the field. But CSI tightened up their defense in the second half, making rebounds and getting to the free throw line.
“They outrebounded us and really dominated the paint,” said Russell. “Yes, we shot poorly, especially from outside, but we had every chance down the stretch.”
The Badgers were led by Paige Farnsworth with 12 points, while Rachel Richards had 11. Lourdes Gonzalez pulled down an impressive 9 rebounds.
On Saturday against SLCC, the Badgers were able to show more toughness than against CSI, forcing overtime before eventually falling to the Bruins 71-64.
“We started slow against SLCC, but the girls never gave up, which was great to see,” Russell said. “We showed a little bit more toughness, but it’s something we still need to work on. Overall, very proud of the grit they showed to battle back.”
Farnsworth hit two free-throws with 17.7 seconds remaining to force the overtime period. However, the Bruins pulled away in the extra time 9-2 to get the win.
Farnsworth led the Badgers in scoring with 13 points, while Richards and Savannah Domgaard each had 10. Gonzalez followed up her strong rebounding night against CSI with an even better 10 rebounds against SLCC.
Snow will host Colorado Northwest on Thursday starting at 5:30 p.m., and then travel to Utah State University – Eastern on Saturday.