Lady T-Birds Drop Close Game to Bobcats at Home

The SUU women’s basketball team faced Montana State University today in the America First Event Center hoping to best the Bobcats at home after their defeat on the road in December. The Lady T-Birds kept pace with MSU throughout the game but were ultimately unable to take the lead losing 57-63.

Senior guard Whitney Johnson quickly put Southern Utah on the board with a lay-up in the first minute of play. The Bobcats led for most of the first period with the Thunderbirds keeping close behind until sophomore guard Skylee Doman tied it up 19-19 with two free throws in the last five seconds of play.

The Lady T-Birds took a small lead in the second period with a jumper from junior guard Breanu Reid. Despite the early lead SUU again stayed just behind MSU for the rest of the period, going into halftime 32-34.

Halfway through the third period the Thunderbirds were able to tie it up 38-38 with a jumper by Doman, but were unable to take the lead. The period ended with sophomore guard Rebecca Cardenas slapping the court floor  with SUU trailing 44-47.

SUU was able to briefly take the lead for the first time since the second period with a little over five minutes left of play in the game, but were unable to pull ahead losing 57-63.

Three Thunderbirds put up double digit scores for the game. Sophomore guard and forward Ashley Larsen lead with 13, with Doman and Cardenas both scoring 10. Larsen and Doman also led the team with rebounds with seven and six respectively.

This was sophomore guard and forward Chloe Bradford’s first game appearance at home in the America First Event Center.

For their next game SUU women’s basketball will take to the road to face Weber State University on Feb. 1 at 12 p.m.

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Story By
Haleigh Clemens

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