Vandals Use Record Setting Performance to Down Thunderbirds
By SUU Strategic Communication
CEDAR CITY, Utah - The SUU women’s basketball team hosted the reigning Big Sky champion Idaho Vandals for a game that felt all too familiar by the time it was over.
“All week we talked about ‘They are a team that shoots threes. They are going to live and die by their threes. And if we can test them enough, we can take it away from them’,” head coach Chris Boettcher said after Thursday’s game. “The goal was to make other kids hit shots and credit to Idaho because they were able to hit those shots. Emotionally we were a little bit fragile and nervous and gave into the frustration of past experiences.”
The Thunderbirds came out strong in the first half, scoring 17 points in each quarter to give themselves a 34-31 lead at halftime.
The Vandals came out in the second half and stole all of the momentum, shooting 66.7 percent from the field on their way to a 85-68 comeback victory. When all was said and done, they had set a new school record by making 18 three-point baskets in the game.
Senior Jamie Smith led the Thunderbird attack, shooting 6-10 from the three-point line and finishing with 20 points on the night. Sophomore Darri Frandsen finished with her fifth double-double of the season, putting up 18 points and pulling in 10 rebounds.
“I trust in our kids. They’re not quitters. They’re competitors. And as they learn through film and experience, we’ll keep showing up and one of these games is going to go our way,” Boettcher said.
The Lady T-Birds will be back in action Saturday against Eastern Washington. Tip off is set for 4 p.m.To stay up to date during the games and throughout the 2016-17 season follow @SUUWBasketball on Twitter and Instagram and like the SUU Women’s Basketball page on Facebook.