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Lady T-Birds Fall to Eagles

January 21, 2017
By SUU Strategic Communication

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CEDAR CITY, Utah - The SUU women’s basketball team dropped their seventh straight game Saturday evening, 67-66 against the Eagles of Eastern Washington.

“When you are playing a good team, you can’t afford the little mistakes. You have to play as near perfect as you can and we did that in so many of the categories that we normally don’t, but they beat us in the two categories we are normally good at,” head coach Chris Boettcher said. “My hope is that they take the challenge and learn from it as a team.”

The Thunderbirds came out strong holding a 21-19 lead at the end of the first quarter and only trailing by one point at halftime.

The Eagles came out in the third quarter, determined to expand their lead. They did just that, taking a 15-point lead at one point before the momentum shifted back to the T-Birds in the fourth.

The Thunderbirds rattled off 19 points in the fourth quarter, including a Jamie Smith three-point basket to bring them within one with 10 seconds left. The Eagles turned the ball over with seven seconds left to give the T-Birds one more opportunity to take the lead, but it wouldn’t be enough time. The Eagles would end up escaping with a 67-66 victory.

Senior Jessica Richardson led the Thunderbirds offensively with 21 points and six rebounds. Junior Whitney Johnson was not too far behind with 19 points of her own and eight rebounds.

The Lady T-Birds will hit the road once again next week for rematches against Northern Colorado and North Dakota.

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