GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The Southern Utah women’s basketball team traveled to Grand Forks Thursday night for a Big Sky rematch with the Fighting Hawks. Last time the two teams met, the T-Birds lost by just three points and Thursday’s game ended in a similar fashion.
“Can’t really explain the slow start. North Dakota pressured us a little bit on offense which put us on our heels and forced us to turn it over too many times in the first half,” head coach Chris Boettcher said. “We went in at halftime and talked about the necessity of taking care of the ball and playing with the energy we have finished the last two games with. Unfortunately down the stretch we still made too many little mistakes.”
The T-Birds got off to a slow start, scoring just eight points in the first quarter, but were able to pick up the pace in each of the following quarters.
After being down by as many as 19 points in the third quarter, the Thunderbirds put up 28 points in the fourth quarter. Three of those points came on a Tiarra McDonald three-point basket that pulled the T-Birds to within two with just 16 seconds left. It wouldn’t be enough time, however, as the Hawks were able to hold on for the 75-70 win.
Sophomore Darri Frandsen continued her breakout season Thursday night, leading the Thunderbirds with 16 points and seven rebounds. Freshmen Rebecca Cardenas and Skylee Doman were able to put together solid performances as Cardenas had 13 points and nine assists and Doman finished 6-9 with 12 points.
The next game for the Thunderbirds will be this Saturday against Northern Colorado in Greeley. Tip off is set for 2:00 p.m.
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