Lady Badgers find their pride on Saturday on their home court against Southern Idaho, after walking away from the undefeated Salt Lake Bruins on Thursday.
In a game that constantly kept fans and spectators alike on the edge of their seat, Snow managed to pull out an overtime victory over Southern Idaho, despite the loss they suffered in Idaho only a week before.
The Lady Badgers found their momentum early against the Eagles, finishing the first quarter having doubled Idaho’s score, 24-12. Second quarter told a different story as Southern Idaho mustered out 19 points in only five minutes, leaving Snow in their wake at 26-31. Snow brought back the iron defence and a few well run plays lead Snow to reclaim the lead 34-33 right before the half.
The entire second half was plagued with turnovers and changes in the lead. With only three minutes remaining however, the scoreboard struggled to show anything but a tie, despite last resort efforts from both sides.
The 53-53 game ultimately found its way into overtime where the Lady Badgers came out immediately outscoring the Eagles. Despite an effort to regain possession through strategic fouls, Snow came out on top with a five point victory, to end the game 80-75.
Having come home from three straight games and two losses on the road, Saturdays victory meant all the much more to the team as they start their journey to making a comeback in the conference.
Thursday was quite the opposite, connecting on only 1-of-11 shots from the field, Salt Lake was able to hold the Lady Badgers to a crippling shooting percentage of only 19.6. All due to their defencive wall that wouldn’t let up. Not even Snow’s best scorers could break double digits, leading the Lady Badgers to a final 35 point deficit of 30-65.
Women’s Head Coach, Mike Russell, shared his thoughts after Snow’s overtime victory on Saturday explaining, “Its sad that it takes getting beat by 35 to kinda wake up, but ya know… whatever it takes. So now we’re tied for third, which I feel like we’re in a good spot. It’s good to win. Our players came out and were really assertive tonight and as far as playing with a different roster than what we had before Christmas, that’s a zero issue!”
Sometimes it takes getting beat down to stand up taller, but even so, the Lady Badgers take their lessons with their chins high. Having stepped up and set past stumbling blocks aside, Snow is on the way to still make a name for themselves this season.
Snow will take to the road again this week as they match up against Utah State University Eastern for the second time on Thursday, January 30. Their last match-up ended with 26 point defeat to start off the conference after the break, but with Snow’s latest comeback against Southern Idaho, the Lady Badgers are ready for another upset.