- The Snow College women’s basketball team will travel to Twin Falls, Idaho to take on the College of Southern Idaho Wednesday inside the CSI Gymnasium.
- The meeting will serve as the first of three regular-season matches between the two teams. The Badgers will tip off against the Golden Eagles beginning at 5:00 p.m. For video streaming and live stat information, visit snowbadgers.com.
- Snow College is coming off a 75-52 victory over Colorado Northwestern Community College Dec. 16 in Ephraim. The victory over the Spartans was the Badger’s fourth victory within the Scenic West Athletic Conference.
- The Badgers were originally scheduled to participate in the Lady Jets Holiday Classic in Americus Georgia where they were slated to take on a trio of opponents including No. 4 South Georgia Tech, No. 1 Eastern Florida, and Georgia Highlands, but those matchups were ultimately canceled.
- Samiana Suguturaga led the Badgers in scoring against CNCC with 14 points. She has scored in double figures in 11 of the Badger’s 15 games this season and has been the Badger’s leading scorer in nine games. She leads the Badgers in scoring averaging 12.3 points per game.
- Snow College outrebounded the Spartans by 19 rebounds. This is the largest margin the Badgers have outrebounded an opponent this season.
- The Badgers shot 17-21 from the free-throw line against CNCC. This is the second-best percentage they have shot all season. The Badgers shot 88 percent from the charity stripe in their 86-66 loss to Salt Lake Community College Dec. 7.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Snow College is averaging 63.5 points per game this season which falls just outside the top 100 in the nation.
- The Badgers are connecting on 31.3 percent of 3-point attempts this season which is good enough for 40th in the country.
- Snow College also falls inside the top 100 in steals per game. The Badgers are averaging 9.7 steals per game which slots them at 81st in the nation.
- The Golden Eagles are 22nd in the nation in scoring averaging 77.6 points per game.
- CSI is one of the best rebounding teams in the country. The Golden Eagles are 10th in the country in offensive rebounds at 17.6 per game and are 15th overall in rebounds per game grabbing 46.1 per contest.
- The Golden Eagles are also one of the top defensive teams in the country limiting opponents to just 49.1 points per game which is 10th overall in the country.
ABOUT SOUTHERN IDAHO
- CSI comes into the matchup with a 15-2 overall record and a 4-1 mark within SWAC play. The Golden Eagles are a perfect 7-0 at home this season.
- The Golden Eagles’ only SWAC loss came in a 68-65 defeat to No. 18 SLCC Dec. 17.
- CSI is coming off a 2021-22 season that saw it go 30-3 overall and 17-1 within the SWAC. The Golden Eagles defeated Snow College to claim the Region 18 Tournament Title.
- The Badgers are 13-28 all time against the Golden Eagles dating back to 2012. Snow College has lost seven consecutive matches to CSI. The Badger’s most recent victory was a 67-53 victory Feb. 18, 2021, in Ephraim.
LAST TIME OUT
The Snow College women’s basketball team split a pair of games against Utah State University Eastern Wednesday and Colorado Northwestern Community College Friday. The Eagles defeated the Badgers 75-54 in Price before Snow College recovered to beat the Spartans 75-52 in Ephraim.
With the split, the Badgers now sit at 7-8 overall and 4-2 within Scenic West Athletic Conference play. Snow College currently is in third place within the SWAC standings trailing the College of Southern Idaho and Salt Lake Community College.
The Badgers came into the matchup with the Eagles having won four out of their last five games with the only loss coming against No. 10 SLCC. They defeated Community Christian College 72-66 in their most recent matchup last Saturday.
Snow College trailed by as many as seven points in the first quarter but would eventually go into the second quarter trailing by one. It was a back-and-forth second quarter that saw the Badgers take a brief three-point lead before the Eagles went on a 7-0 run and would take a 36-31 lead into the halftime break.
The Badgers struggled offensively in the second half shooting just 27 percent from the field on 9-33 shooting. Conversely, the Eagle’s offense began to increase its intensity and was able to force the Badgers into fouling. USUE went to the free-throw line 19 times in the second half after not shooting one foul shot in the first half. The Eagles went 15-19 in those free-throw attempts.
USUE extended its lead during the third quarter and took a 12-point lead into the fourth where it used an 11-2 run over the final five minutes to claim the 75-54 victory.
Samiana Suguturaga led all scorers with her fifth 20-point game of the season finishing with exactly 20 points. Enid Vaifanua and Katie trail each finished with eight points in the loss.
The Badgers would turn around to take on CNCC Friday in Ephraim. The Spartans came into the matchup with a 4-6 overall record and an 0-1 mark within the SWAC. They had lost four out of their previous six matchups.
The Spartans maintained contact with the Badgers throughout the first half. Snow College led most of the first quarter before CNCC evened things up at 12 apiece with under a minute to go before the Badgers took a 17-14 lead into the second quarter.
CNCC took a brief three-point lead in the second quarter before the Badgers went on an 8-0 run to regain the advantage. Snow College would eventually stretch the lead to 33-26 heading into the halftime break.
The Badgers broke it open to begin the third quarter using a 17-2 run to take a 50-28 lead. They would outscore the Spartans 23-8 during the third quarter and held a 56-34 lead at the end of the period.
Snow College would keep its foot on the pedal in the fourth quarter. The Badgers would outscore the Spartans 19-18 in the final period to claim the 75-52 victory. Snow College held the Spartans to just 24 percent from the field and 2-19 from 3-point range.
Suguturaga would lead the Badgers in scoring for the ninth time this season finishing with 14 points and six rebounds. Vaifanua was the only other Badger in double figures as she finished with 12 points. Marika Collins, Reagan Yamauchi, and Emily Evans each put in nine points to aid in the victory.
KEYS TO THE GAME
- Get out in transition: The Golden Eagles are one of the best defensive teams in the country which will make it difficult for the Badgers to score in the halfcourt. If Snow College is able to get a few easy buckets in transition, it may be able to soften the defense enough to allow the Badgers to be more successful in their half-court offense.
- Limit mistakes defensively: With the Golden Eagles being in the top 25 in the nation in scoring it will be imperative for the Badgers to play sound defense. CSI has scored 90 points or more in five games this season including two where it has surpassed the century mark. The Badgers will need to play disciplined defense to keep the Golden Eagles from running away with the game.
- Snow College will return to play its first home game in nearly a month to take on the College of Southern Nevada Thursday, Jan. 12 inside the Horne Activity Center.
- The game will be the third and final between the two teams during the 2022-23 regular season. Snow College defeated CSN twice earlier in the season to begin SWAC play. The Badgers earned a 65-60 victory Dec. 2 followed by a 51-49 victory Dec. 3 in Las Vegas.
- The Coyotes are 6-7 overall this season and 1-3 within SWAC play. Their lone SWAC victory came in a 52-51 victory over SLCC Wednesday in Las Vegas. CSN is 2-1 in road games this season.
- CSN finished the 2021-22 campaign with a 14-17 overall record and a 9-9 mark within conference play. The Coyotes were defeated by Utah State University Eastern in the first round of the Region 18 Conference Tournament.
- Tip-off against the Coyotes is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 12 at 5:00 p.m. inside the Horne Activity Center in Ephraim. For video streaming and live stat information, visit snowbadgers.com.