The Southern Utah University women’s basketball team lost a tough contest to the Binghamton Bearcats on Saturday evening 72-66 in the America First Event Center.
Southern Utah started off well, leading 14-11 after the first quarter of play. The Bearcats had a strong second half effort, however, outscoring the T-Birds 28-22. That resulted in Binghamton leading 39-36 at the break.
Whitney Johnson, Kiana Johnson and Natalie Sanchez all had six points at the break for the Thunderbirds.
The Bearcats were able to remain in control for the majority of the second half, and down the stretch despite the Thunderbird’s best efforts the Bearcast kept the T-Birds at arms length and were able to pull out a 72-66 victory.
“At the start of the third quarter they were able to control the tempo,” SUU head coach Chris Boettcher said. “We feel so much more comfortable when we’re going up and down in our tempo, and they had us walking the ball up and playing a half court game.”
The Johnson sisters led the Thunderbirds in scoring, as they both finished with 11 points to combine for 22 on the night.
Bre Reid also dropped in 10 for the Thunderbirds. Rebecca Cardenas finished with nine.
For Binghamton, it was Imani Watkins finishing with 11 that set the tempo for them.
The Thunderbirds will next be at home on Tuesday as they’ll host the Aggies of Utah State in a Mountain West Conference-Big Sky Conference matchup.
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