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Lady T-Birds Set for Big Sky Tournament in Reno

March 04, 2017
By SUU Strategic Communication

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CEDAR CITY, Utah - March is here, the bracket is set, and the SUU women’s basketball team is on its way to Reno, Nevada, to compete in the 2017 Big Sky Conference Tournament. SUU will face off against the Idaho Vandals to start tournament action on Monday.

Last Time Out

The Thunderbirds wrapped up their 2016-17 regular season on Friday as they fell to the Vandals 76-61. However, they were able to knock off the Eagles of Eastern Washington two days before 64-63.

In the victory SUU’s Kiana Johnson led the Thunderbirds with 20 points. Jessica Richardson finished with 17 points on Friday night in SUU’s losing effort.

SUU had gone the majority of conference season without a victory, but picked up two in the final two weekends of the season, giving them momentum heading into the Big Sky Tournament.

The Thunderbirds finished the regular season with a 7-22 overall record and a 2-16 Big Sky record.  

State of the Thunderbirds

Richardson and Darri Frandsen both averaged over 12 points a game for the Thunderbirds this season, as the forwards were the driving force for the Thunderbirds offensively. Jamie Smith was the third Thunderbird to average double-digit figures during the regular season, averaging 10.1 points a contest.

Frandsen led the team in rebounding all season as well, with an average of 8.1 a contest. She pulled down a total of 236 this season.

Freshman point guard Rebecca Cardenas had a big season for the Thunderbirds as well. She dished out a team-high 142 assists this season. She also led the team in minutes played as a freshman.  

SUU and Idaho will play for the right to play Eastern Washington in the second round of the tournament.

The Vandals of Idaho

The Vandals are entering the Big Sky Tournament as the No. 5 seed, ending up with a 11-7 Big Sky record. Idaho split its final two weekends of competition, beating SUU and Weber State while falling to Idaho State and Northern Arizona.

Mikayla Ferenz is the biggest force for the Vandals, starting all 29 of Idaho’s games through the course of the season and playing 978 total minutes. She averaged 17.6 points per game this season, and hit a team-high 76 three point jumpers.

The Vandals are 0-3 on neutral courts this season.   

Game Time

SUU's matchup against Idaho will be played at 3:30 Mountain Time on Monday at the Reno Events Center. 

Monday’s game will be available to watch on You can also listen live on Thunder 91.1 FM in Cedar City or on  

Stay Up to Date

To stay up to date during the games throughout the 2016-17 season follow @SUUWBasketball on Twitter and Instagram and like the SUU Women's Basketball page on Facebook.

Big Sky Tickets

You can now purchase tickets to the Big Sky Tournament in Reno, Nevada, at