CEDAR CITY, Utah - Big Sky play continued Thursday night for the SUU women’s basketball team as they hosted conference leaders, Northern Colorado. The Bears proved to be too much for the Thunderbirds, as they took the first matchup of the season 83-53.
“At the start of the game, Northern Colorado was ready to play and we were a little bit flat. We didn’t have the same intensity that we had at the start of the Northern Arizona game,” head coach Chris Boettcher said. “There were stretches where they played with a lot of intensity, but then Northern Colorado would go on a little run of their own and we would go flat again.”
The Bears were an offensive force for most of the game as they scored more than 20 points in each of the first three quarters. They led 44-30 at halftime.
The Thunderbird attack was led by junior Whitney Johnson and sophomore Tiarra McDonald. Johnson led the scoring with 14 points and pulled in six rebounds. McDonald played well off the bench for the T-Birds with 13 points and seven rebounds.
The loss gives the Thunderbirds a 5-8 record on the season while the Bears move to 11-3 and remain undefeated in Big Sky play. The two teams will match up again in Greeley on January 28th.
The next game for the Lady T-Birds will be this Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Centrum Arena against the Fighting Hawks of North Dakota.
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