CEDAR CITY, Utah - The SUU women’s basketball team hosted the North Dakota Fighting Hawks Saturday evening for their third Big Sky matchup of the season. For most of the game it seemed that the Thunderbirds were going to win their first conference game, but the Hawks were able to fight back and win the game 68-65.
“Right now I think we are at a point where they are trying so hard to finish that they are putting pressure on themselves and some of the things we naturally do in the first three quarters,” head coach Chris Boettcher said. “There are a lot of little things that we need to do to maintain a lead and close out a game.”
The Thunderbirds led for the first 36 minutes of the game, outscoring the Hawks in each of the first three quarters. When the fourth quarter started, the T-Birds held a commanding 56-42 lead.
Just as things were looking up for the Lady T-Birds, the Fighting Hawks caught fire in the fourth quarter shooting 10-16 and outscoring the Thunderbirds 26-9. North Dakota’s fourth quarter comeback was led by one Hawk in particular. Senior Makailah Dyer went 6-8 and scored 17 points in the final 10 minutes. She ended the game with 20 points and three steals.
The Thunderbirds were led by the ever-consistent Darri Frandsen as she scored 16 points and pulled in eight rebounds. Senior Jessica Richardson was one rebound shy of her fourth double-double of the season as she finished with 10 points and nine rebounds.
Next week, the Lady T-Birds will be on the road as they travel to Portland State and Sacramento State for their first road Big Sky matchups of the season.
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