Courtesy: SUU Media Relations
SUU GOING NORTH
Southern Utah (14-6, 8-4) begins its final road swing of the season with visits to Idaho State (9-12, 7-5) and Weber State (4-17, 0-12) this week The T-Birds are seeking payback for a 69-65 loss to the Bengals in the two teams’ first meeting this year when they tip things off on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. SUU will then look to complete a regular season sweep of the Wildcats when they square off in the Dee Events Center this Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
ISU boasts one of the Big Sky’s top defenses, holding teams to just 62.8 ppg on 36.4 percent shooting. That proved to be the difference the first time the two teams met this year as the Thunderbirds were held to a season low field goal mark of 28.6 percent.
Southern Utah had one of its best shooting nights of the season from 3-point territory (7-15) to defeat WSU by a score of 76-64 the first time around.
Coverage of SUU basketball is available online at www.suutbirds.com. Live video of the games will be broadcast on www.watchbigsky.com and the new Watch Big Sky downloadable app.
ABOUT IDAHO STATE
After a tough non-conference schedule, Idaho State has gone 7-4 in Big Sky contests and currently sits in a three-way tie four fourth place with Eastern Washington and Sacramento State. Senior guard Lyndsey Reed leads the team with 15.3 ppg while senior forward Jessica Tingey averages 11.4 ppg and 6.9 rpg for the Bengals. The ISU offense is last in the Big Sky scoring 61.5 ppg and shooting 37.8 percent from the field, but the team ranks second on defense allowing just 65.2 ppg. Head coach Seton Sobolewski is in his fifth season in Pocatello where he holds an overall record of 95-80. Idaho State has won all-three meetings since SUU joined the Big Sky last year and currently leads the all-time series 32-8.
ABOUT WEBER STATE
Weber State is still looking for its first conference win of the year and has lost 14 games in a row dating back to Dec. 10. The Wildcats will be without Amanda Hughes this week who was suspended by the Big Sky for one game after attempting to strike a Northern Colorado player last Saturday. The senior forward leads the team in conference play with 13.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg and 22 3-pointers. As a team WSU has averaged 66.8 points in BSC games while allowing 77.6 ppg. Desiree Ramos is fourth in the BSC with 4.9 apg. Head coach Bethann Ord is in her second season in Ogden where she holds an overall record of 4-46. SUU has won four straight against the Wildcats and leads the all-time series by a count of 14-11.
Southern Utah recorded 93 points in back-to-back victories over Sacramento State and Northern Arizona during a quick two-game home stand. Lori Parkinson and Hailey Mandelko each scored 22 points as the Thunderbirds pulled away for a 93-74 win over visiting Sacramento State on Saturday. SUU shot a season-high 66.7 percent from the field to reach the 90-point mark for the fourth time this season.
Southern Utah shot over 64 percent from the field for a second consecutive game to take a 93–59 win over visiting Northern Arizona on Monday night. Junior forward Marquelle Funk netted 16 points to match her career-high and was one of five Thunderbirds to score in double figures as SUU avenged an early season loss to the Lumberjacks.
PARKINSON PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Southern Utah forward Lori Parkinson was selected as the Player of the Week by the Big Sky Conference following her outstanding performance against Sacramento State. The Thunderbird forward became the first SUU player to receive recognition this season and earned the award for the first time in her career. Parkinson scored a career-high 22 points as Southern Utah knocked off the Hornets by a final score of 93-74. She also grabbed 11 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season and came up with four momentum-changing blocks.
Eastern Washington’s Melissa Williams was selected by the conference as the co-Player of the Week after the Eagles swept Montana and Montana State at home.
Sophomore forward Lori Parkinson ranks third in the Big Sky with a 54.8 percent field goal percentage. That number is the 35th-highest shooting mark in the nation. If she can keep it up she is on pace to rank among the top-five single season performances in SUU history.
MADNESS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Southern Utah senior Carli Moreland was named the Big Sky Player of the Week by College Sports Madness on Dec. 23. The Broomfield, Colo. native averaged 19.5 points a game along 10.0 rebounds in a pair of Thunderbird victories. Moreland posted a double-double as SUU ran away from Arizona Christian before posting a career-high 25 points in the team’s win at Northern Colorado.
Carli Moreland has cracked the SUU record books in two career categories as she ranks seventh in rebounds (686) and fifth in blocked shots (92). The senior center surpassed her former teammate Tayler Anderson (633) in rebounding this year and needs 26 blocks to equal Thunderbird great Cherri Frandsen (118). Senior guard Andrea Jones will look to distance herself as Southern Utah’s best free throw shooter as her current mark of 85.5 percent is the best in program history. She is also climbing in assists (274) where she is tied for fith all-time with her former running mate Kaila Goff. Moreland (906) also needs just 72 points to reach the top-ten career scoring totals in T-Bird history before the end of the season.
Sat. Mar. 8
vs. Northern Colorado
(W) 63 -48
Thu. Mar. 6
vs. North Dakota
(W) 73 -53
Sat. Mar. 1
vs. Montana State
(W) 70 -60
Wed. Feb. 26
(W) 69 -49
Sat. Feb. 22
@ Portland State
(W) 86 -79
Thu. Feb. 20
@ Eastern Washington
(L) 54 -59
Thu. Mar. 13
Big Sky Conference Tournament